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Jacksonville State Postgame

Bearcats Sloppy in 2nd Win // Bearcats Blog

Overall, not really a win to hang your hat on. Last season in the second or 3rd game, UC let IPFW come back on them late. Early season motivation is an issue for these guys I suppose. This team is too talented to let a time like Jacksonville St hang around on them though. This kind of effort won't fly when teams with talent step on the floor with UC. Mick Cronin said as much after the game. Oh well, a win is a win. More tomorrow.

Cincinnati overwhelms Jacksonville State //

Cashmere Wright had 23 points and the 20th-ranked Bearcats weathered a sluggish second half for a 73-59 victory over Jacksonville State Tuesday night.

Justin Jackson front and center for UC //

When associate head coach Larry Davis checked him out, he saw "a high-energy guy. He sprinted up and down the floor. He tried to get every rebound. He ran for layups and blocked shots. You could just see in practice what he could do."

Rutgers Week

Collaros' ankle broken, spirit strong // Paul Dehner

"All the guys came over to see me yesterday in my apartment, kind of surprised me," he said. "I had a lot of phone calls. I really appreciate that. It helps you get through times like this."

It will be interesting to see how the Bearcats do without the leadership of Zach Collaros Saturday

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano says Cincinnati runs a 'true' spread offense //

"These guys (Cincinnati) are a true spread team. They spread you from sideline to sideline. Vertically, they spread you as deep as they can throw it. "And they run the football. They run the football outside. They run the football inside. They run it with speed sweeps. So they make you defend the whole field."

Coach Butch Jones Pre-Rutgers Press Conference Notes // Bearcats Nation

Pead hosts ESPNU camera crew // UC Athletics Blog

Collaros: ‘I knew it was broken’ // UC Athletics Blog

"I knew something was really wrong," Collaros said today. "I knew I was probably done for the season. My first thought was that this might be my last play forever, which is kind of a scary and weird feeling. There were a lot of emotions going through my mind."

Other Bearcat News

Bearcats Battle I-75 Rival Dayton On Wednesday //

The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will renew its rivalry when it hosts Dayton on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio with Tom Gelehrter on play-by-play and Betsy Ross with commentary. It will be available on Time Warner channel 309 and the HD channel 1309. Live audio is also available on

Enquirer Confirms that Mike Thomas Leaving Is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to UC // Bearcats Nation

Based on a report this morning via the Cincinnati Enquirer, and not by Paul Daugherty or Bill Koch, the University of Cincinnati lost over $1 million in sponsorship money by playing two games at Paul Brown Stadium this season. The actual loss isn’t that big of a deal considering Cincinnati will make some of that up with the shared ticket revenue, apparel sales, etc. But putting their vendors in a situation that conflicts with those of the Bengals is never good for relations between the sponsor and the university. This is especially true when that vendor is IMG College, one of UC’s most important partners. Because of Mike Thomas’ shortsightedness, new athletic director Whit Babcock is now faced with the task of mending that relationship. I’m more than confident he can keep IMG College happy but this once again proves that while Mike Thomas made a few good hires here at Cincinnati, he has quite possibly the worst PR and business relationship skills known to man.

Nationally Recognized

THE BEST OF THE NOTORIOUS TOB // Every Day Should Be Saturday

Fiery halftime speech propels Kent State to win at West Virginia // The Dagger

With his team trailing West Virginia by five points and getting bludgeoned 27-12 on the glass, Senderoff tore into his players, imploring them to box out, to get tougher and to launch a counterattack. ESPN cameras were there to capture the best snippets of the speech. "They have six freshmen," Senderoff bellowed. "They will crumble under the pressure. They will crumble under the pressure. There's no question about it."

The Numerical, Week 12: Field Goals Are Worth Three Points //

3: Value of a field goal. I felt this would be a useful reminder, as we saw so few actually go through the uprights this week that it may have been easy to forget. Never mind the most visible examples -- Boise State's egregious miss that ended a long home winning streak, the Stanford miss that came as close to the press box as the goal posts; those are too easy. Instead, focus on, say, the Alabama-Mississippi State and West Virginia-Cincinnati games that saw the four teams combine to go 2-for-10. Only one attempt in the UA-MSU game was from beyond 41 yards; meanwhile, WVU and UC each had a relative chip shot (31 for Cincy, 39 for WVU) blocked. Special teams turn games around, and evidently only LSU plays special teams anymore. (We'll give San Jose State a pass, by the way. They had an attempted game-winner against Utah State blocked at the buzzer just like Cincinnati, only theirs was from 67 yards. That is a kick you are supposed to block. Plus, they made four other kicks.)

Reading This Will Make You Smarter

The Pleasures and Perils of Rereading // The Millions
I will fully admit to re reading about 10 books each and every year. Five of those books never change