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June 6th Jump Off

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Scott Springer runs down the football staff's busy summer ahead. Beginning this month, the recruits of the 2011 class will start filtering to campus and prospects for 2012 and beyond will make their way to campus to participate in various camps. Then, in August, UC will head up to Higher Ground, Indiana for their annual summer practice to hammer out the kinks before the 2011 season begins. Add to the fact that they will be coaching double workouts at Higher Ground and the job of recruiting is never ending and the staff will have their hands full in the coming months.

Never too early: 12 seniors NFL scouts will be watching - NFL - -
Pead made this guy's list of the 12 seniors NFL scouts will be watching this year. I think we all know Pead has an excellent combination of size, speed, and agility, but it's nice to see him get this kind of recognition. If he can stay more consistent this year, hang on to the ball, and improve his pass protection, Pead will be a no-brainer 2nd round pick.

Bearcats Wrap-Up 2010-11 Season at All-Sports Banquet
UC commemorated its 2010-11 student athletes on Saturday as Volleyball in particular took down the majority of the honors with Stephanie Niemer (now in Puerto Rico) took down the Female Athlete of the Year award, Reed Sunahara received the Coach of the Year award, and Volleyball overall was named the Team of the Year. You can watch a sweet video montage of the 2010-11 UC sports season here. If that doesn't give you chills, I don't know what will.

Sunahara, Niemer To Reunite For China-USA Volleyball Challenge - University of Cincinnati Official Athletics Site
Speaking of volleyball, some more honors for Coach Sunahara and Stephanie Niemer this morning. They will reunite in the China-USA Volleyball invitational in Beijing from June 11th to the 20th. Sunahara will coach the USA team that Niemer will be playing on. They will play some of the top collegiate and club teams in China during the tournament.


Williamson's dream comes true
Not only is snagging a talented lineman from the Cincinnati area great news, but the story around Kyle Williamson's commitment is particularly exciting. Just a day after receiving his offer from UC, Williamson gladly informed Coach Jones that he would join the Bearcats' recruiting class of 2012. The thing about this verbal is that Kyle is that accepting the UC offer was a no-brainer. We don't hear many stories like his from the talented recruits in the Cincy area. He's certainly a breath of fresh air. - All in the family
Andrew Force over at Rivals discussed the relationship Evan Winston has developed with Coach Jones and defensive line coach Steve Stripling. Although Evan is being recruited for the 2012 class, he has been familiar with the Bearcats coaching staff since they were recruiting his older brother Steven four years ago while at CMU. Steven eventually committed to Coach Jones and the staff is hoping that his brother will give them a commitment, as well.

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Bill Stewart Passed Damaging Information On Dana Holgorsen To Press, Report Says -
Did Karen Stewart, current lameduck WVU head coach Bill Stewart's wife, leak the rumors about coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen's repeated gambling/alcohol incidents?. Now, these are only rumors themselves but it's an interesting story if true andshows that there is real tension among the West Virginia coaching staff. We'll see if this story gets any facts behind it and if Bill Stewart's days in Morgantown are numbered.

Dayton Transfer Juwan Staten Commits to WVU BasketballWVU Basketball Headlines -
Remember Juwan Staten of Dayton? He led the Flyers with 9 of the team's 34 whole points last year at US Bank Arena during the UC drubbing. Now he's at WVU where Coach Huggins can enjoy that extra capsule of Tylenol he'll take after every game watching him miss jump shots. Enjoy, Huggs!

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SEC Adopts New Oversigning, Roster Management Rules -
This should help level the playing field a bit as the SEC has been well known for signing massive recruiting classes then issuing tons of gray shirts, shipping some of the kids to JUCO's to return in 2 years, or simply pushing a current player out of school. The latter is a dirty area of recruiting that, unfortunately, happens all over the country. But, back to the SEC, where these new rules were definitely long overdue.

Zambrano calls Cubs 'embarrassing' after loss -
Another baseball season, another Zambrano rant. Seriously, why do the Cubs even try anymore? It's been over a hundred years since their last world series and it seems like crap like this out of the team's clubhouse occurs on a daily basis.