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Spring Football

Thompkins emerges as leader for Cincinnati - Big East Blog - ESPN
Kenbrell Thompkins has to be a driving force for the receiving core. There is an abundance of talent on board at the receiver position. However, there has to be a leader for the group. For all the strengths of Armon Binns he wasn't a big team leader.

Bad day for UC’s defense | UC Athletics Blog
If you like reading too much into pro practice performances have at this.

UC hopes Stewart gives lift to D-line | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

One of the most glaring weaknesses in the University of Cincinnati's defense last year was the lack of what coaches call an edge presence, a pass rusher to get to the quarterback and disrupt the opponent's passing game.

 

Other Bearcat News

Pros and Cons of the Mick Cronin Extension | April
Self Explanitory

Andy Katz: Kentucky Wildcats will reload and contend again in 2011-12 - ESPN
Andy Katz takes a (very) early look at the top 25 for 2011-12 and finds some familiar names at the top. Xavier in at 15 (LULZ) UC at 22

NCAA Tournament – Luke Winn – SI.com " Posts After The Confetti, Our Top 32 For ’11-12 "
UC in at 12 on another way, way too early pool

Recruiting

Photos: Top 25 area prep football players to watch in the 2012 class | cincinnati.com | Cincinnati Ohio high school | Cincinnati.com
A look at the best tri state area Football recruits for the 2012 class

Around The Big East

Elisha Justice involved in tournament...not that there's anything wrong with that - Card Chronicle
Take some pride in that. Oh...shit

Syracuse Football: The Times They Are A-Changin', USF - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Misser Keeley apparently didn't take so kindly to being everyone's homecoming game in the Greg Robinson era.

Villanova's football decision looming - Big East Blog - ESPN
The immediate future of the Big East should be decided in less than a week. Villanova is scheduled to vote on whether to make the move to FBS footbal

Nationally Recognized

Ballin' is a Habit: VIDEO: Mike Bruesewitz is Ravishing Red no more; shaves head for MS
That's a disappointment.

Jonah Lehrer on Problems With SATs, GREs, the NFL Combine and Other Performance Tests | Head Case - WSJ.com
Short-term tests omit crucial character traits.

'AUBURN HAS THE BEST COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT IN THE SEC': A FEELINGS COLLAGE - Every Day Should Be Saturday
LULZ

Reading This Will Make You Smarter

World's center of economic gravity shifts east – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs
Pretty fascinating stuff, to me at least. If you have no interest in geopolitical events let me know. I can adjust accordingly.