NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: Munchie Legaux #4 of the Cincinnati Bearcats throws a pass against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Andrea Adelson has gone to great pains to detail the Bearcats youth as a Football team. The assertion being that young means inexperienced, which is certainly does not. Not with this group. If Adelson bothered to brush off the game notes from the Liberty Bowl and flip to the depth chart (page 14) she would discover something strange. On offense and defense there are 52 names on that chart, you want to know how many were Seniors? 13, which makes out to 25 percent of the Depth Chart.
The off season narrative that is being formed about this Bearcat team is that there is a massive upheaval in the roster and that anyone who contributed in any way last year is gone, and it is patently bullshit, pardon my french. The problem before the coaching staff is one of finding new people to produce from what is already a pretty stacked group of contributors, most of whom cut their teeth last year. But if you read the coverage the assumption is that Butch Jones has to replace everyone, and its not true.
Matt Hayes and the Sporting News have been ranking coaches by conference and got to the Big East earlier this week. No surprise but Butch Jones is on top which I agree with, obviously. Its really a two horse race with Butch and Charlie Strong. This season will go a long way to settling the issue.
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Tony Pike is getting a shot with the Bengals...Cheryl Cook, Nick Van Exel and Jerry Couzins have been elected to the greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame...Alex Hoffman and J.K. Schaffer received academic honors...Big East Special Teams run down with the Bearcats on top? Yes I will...Jessica Molyet was named Big East field athlete of the week...Chairs suck apparently