August 31st Jump Off

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Bearcats News

Bearcats Breakfast 8.29.11
Paul Dehner takes a look at Cincinnati's turnover margin and how, historically, team's make a quick turn around the following season. I think the general logic here is that at 119th in the nation in 2010, the Bearcats don't have any other way to go but up!

Panthers waive/injured QB Tony Pike - NFL- NBC Sports
I've always thought Pike never really had an opportunity to showcase his skills since getting selected by Carolina in last year's draft. Not only was he selected behind a first-round draft pick (Claussen) but yet another first-round pick (Newton, 1st overall) pushed Pike further down the depth chart. Financially, the Panthers simply couldn't allow Pike to climb higher than third string quarterback. Hopefully he finds his way on a team with serious quarterback questions. That's how he'll see playing time.

Other UC News

Bearcats Football Captains Feature
A spotlight on Zach Collaros and J.K. Schaffer

Barnard Looking to Follow in Williams' Footsteps - University of Cincinnati Official Athletics Site

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

UC’s AD search will be national | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

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

Jones happy to open at home | UC Athletics Blog###

Tuesday Lunch (8.30.11): It's a Fodderful life

Isler, Proctor Named Top 10 GLSCL Prospects - University of Cincinnati Official Athletics Site

Recruiting

New Star in Middletown
Jalin Marshall and Zach Edwards are the faces of the Middletown Middies this season but senior running back E.J. Junior has apparently been tearing it up on the gridiron as well. While having no offers from colleges so far but putting up 169 yards on the ground last weekend and accounting for 4 touchdowns will start drawing attention his way.

Around the BEast

Notre Dame likely to say no | Bohl Games
No real surprise here. Notre Dame, while open to the idea of playing more games with Texas, can do that very easily by remaining independent. Keep in mind that Notre Dame is a national brand and plays games in locations from Los Angeles to Boston every other year. Not to mention the exclusive tv rights they have with NBC. For the Big East, this is good news as the Irish will most certainly help the conference garner a larger media deal next year.

Inside the Big East: Quarterbacks | August
Scott over a Bearcats Blog looks at the Big East quarterbacks not named Zach Collaros. Pretty solid breakdown and a realization that if any one of the starters go down, there isn't a single really experienced backup in the bunch. Most starters are either backed up by true or redshirt freshman. For the conference's sake, let's hope the QB-1's stay healthy throughout the season.

Around the Nation 

TMQ says it's time to focus on safety in football practice - ESPN
Gregg Easterbrook and his always enticing TMQ takes a look at regulations of football practices and how they have evolved over the years. Definitely an interesting read if you have the time.

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