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South Florida Week

Holtz takes issue with officiating in UConn loss // University of South Florida Bulls blog

"What's frustrating is I go back and I have a hard time finding five of them on film," Holtz said. "That's what's frustrating to me. It's very difficult to argue with an official crew when a game's going on. You go on to the next play. Not that it's going to make any difference. They throw the flag, the word is final, that's all there is."

Skip Holtz is slowly going insane IMO

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Connecticut 16, USF 10 // Voodoo Five
USF wimps out and loses a game they shouldn't have. Wow, when has that ever happened before, other than at least twice a year?

USF Makes Lame Excuses For Not Throwing The Ball More Against UConn // Voodoo Five
The best of the bunch is this one.

"You just don't have the humidity up here in the air. B.J. was having a hard time holding onto the ball, complaining about it being really slick," coach Skip Holtz said after his team passed for only 164 yards. "One ball went out of the back. You could see he kept coming over to the sidelines, spraying his hands with water to try to keep them moist so he could grip the ball. He just missed a couple of balls."

Other Bearcat News

Men's Soccer Get First BIG EAST Win //
Cole DeNormandie and Shamar Shelton scored to lead the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team to a 2-1 win against Villanova on Saturday night at Gettler Stadium.

Women's Soccer Falls To Rutgers 1-0 In Overtime //

The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team fell to Rutgers University 1-0 in overtime Sunday afternoon at Gettler Stadium. With the loss, the Bearcats' (6-8-4, 2-6-2 BIG EAST) drive to qualify for the conference championship comes to an end.

Finan Takes Third At 2011 Pre-Nationals Meet //
Eric Finan ran a time of 24:04 to place third at the 2011 Pre-Nationals Meet Sunday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terra Haute, Ind.

Around The Big East

What we learned in the Big East: Week 7 // Big East Blog // ESPN

Rutgers, Cincinnati nearly bowl eligible. Two teams nobody picked anywhere near the top of the conference are now one win away from becoming bowl eligible. Both were 4-8 last season; both sit at 5-1 headed into next week. Both hit the road next week: Rutgers is at Louisville; Cincinnati goes to USF.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 7 - Big East Blog - ESPN

Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati.Pead ran 20 times for 151 yards in a 25-16 win over Louisville. His 50-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter put the Bearcats up for good. He now has eight career 100 yard rushing games and his third of the season.
Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati.Wolfe recorded career highs with 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in a win over Louisville. His previous high for tackles was eight against Fresno State last year. The Bearcats had four total sacks, seven tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries in the game.

I have been saying it all year. Wolfe and Pead are the two most talented Bearcats by a mile.

Big East bowl projections: Week 7 // Big East Blog // ESPN

Belk Bowl: Cincinnati vs. ACC. The Bearcats need one more win to become bowl eligible.

Nationally Recognized

Superlatives: In which Sammy Watkins takes the initiative // Dr. Saturday
The Will Muschamp one is an absolute treat

Snapshots of Week 7 // The Wiz of Odds
A UC fan makes an appearance, and its quite flattering...

Reading This Will Make You Smarter

The Magical Mind of Persi Diaconis - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

He was 14 years old and obsessed with magic, spending much of his free time in or around Tannen's Magic Store, on Times Square, where sleight-of-hand masters regularly gathered to show off tricks and to gossip. There, one of the most influential magicians of the past century, a card maestro named Dai Vernon, saw Diaconis's prodigious trick dealing and invited the young man to leave New York and join him on the road. Diaconis vanished from his regular life, dropping out of school and cutting ties with his family. "I packed a little bag—I took some decks of cards and some socks," remembers Diaconis, now 66 with unruly tufts of white hair, in his office at Stanford University, where he is a professor of mathematics and statistics. "I was sort of his assistant." And his student. Vernon, then in his 60s, promised that if his apprentice advanced far enough in his studies, he would reveal secrets of magic he had never shared with anyone else.

weird dude, just weird