August 30th Jump Off

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Bearcats News

New faces set to return APSU's kicks | The Leaf Chronicle – Clarksville, Tenn., and Fort Campbell | theleafchronicle.com
Check out a look at Cincinnati's first victim's of the 2011 season's kick returners. Terrence Holt did just about everything for the Governors in 2010, returning kicks, being a co-leader in rushes, and catching some balls out of the backfield. But he's gone and Austin Peay will be looking for answers. The Bearcats have seen what not having a good return game can do for field position and if the Governors can't find an answer back there, it could be another long season for them.

Scout.com: Collaros, Schaffer honored by website
This isn't that surprising considering the kind of talent at Cincinnati when compared with the rest of Ohio. At this point, the Bearcats really only compete with the Buckeyes on a talent level. Collaros is best veteran quarterback in the state and Isaiah Pead is on the same level. Regardless of whoever will play quarterback and running back for the Buckeyes, Collaros and Pead should have huge years for the Bearcats this fall.

VIP/Corporate Program Available for Tri-State Businesses - University of Cincinnati Official Athletics Site
Hopefully Cincinnati's corporations are paying attention to this, especially after the way the Bengals treat their fans and are a general drain on the city of Cincinnati. UC needs better interaction with with the big money in the city to start pulling in corporate dollars like Louisville does.

Other UC News

In Color: Fan Kickoff Event
Good pics from Bearcat Lair.

Butch Jones hopes early work helps UC grow into perennial power | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

Anybody got a play clock? | UC Athletics Blog

Bearcats Football Kicks Off in Five Days! - University of Cincinnati Official Athletics Site

Utley Named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week - University of Cincinnati Official Athletics Site

Around the BEast

Big East Coaches' Candid Quotes On Conference Rivals | AthlonSports.com
Good list of anonymous quotes from Big East coaches that we just have to assume are honest. It's interesting to hear the kind of stuff they say about Cincinnati which, while sort of painful to swallow are pretty much spot on. Very honest opinions about each Big East school.

Big East power rankings: Week 1 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Probably a good spot to have Syracuse and Cincinnati as the 4th and 5th spots respectively as they have a good mixture of questions and returning starters. West Virginia, Pitt, and USF all have the most upside heading into next season while at the other end of the spectrum Louisville, UConn, and Rutgers have many more questions than answers.

Around the Nation

Why ESPN Has Already Lost the Future : Outkick The Coverage
Here's an interesting take on the potential downfall of ESPN. I find myself agreeing with most of his points as I've really seen ESPN start to load up on blowhards like Chris Berman and Colin Cowherd with worship of former fratboys-turned-'news' anchors. Don't get me started on the entire NFL live crew and Jon Gruden. The bottom line is that ESPN seems more about the show and less about the facts. I'm not sure if it's going to go the way of print newspaper like this guy suggests but it'd be nice if ESPN got their act together.

Why Would You Whip Your Penis Out During a Hurricane on National TV? (NSFW)

Uhh, why WOULDN'T you?

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