As the Bearcats prepare for the 2019 football season, some big news dropped this past week as the school unveiled throwback uniforms! These jerseys resemble ones from the late 50s/early 60s and will be worn for one game this year, as part of college football’s 150th anniversary celebration.
In other football news, the Luke Fickell/Jim Harbaugh story came to a head as Harbaugh called out Fickell for trying to “coach him” into helping with the transfer waiver for James Hudson, though he refused to do thing’s Fickell’s way. Fickell implied that Harbaugh does not have the best interest of his players in mind. Good stuff, but ultimately irrelevant as James Hudson is still not eligible to play in 2019 and Michigan/Cincinnati have no games scheduled for the future.
Luke Fickell is a good guy and I don’t think he is leaving Cincinnati anytime soon.
Speaking of schedule, men’s basketball non-conference schedule came out and it is very exciting. Potentially six big names and a few higher-tier mid majors, with no real “cupcakes”. Here’s a breakdown of some of the key storylines to follow based on this OOC schedule.
In golf news (yes, we cover ALL Bearcats sports at Down the Drive) Austin Squires proudly and boldly represented Cincinnati by advancing to the quarterfinals of the US Amateur tournament, before finally losing. On his way to the quarters, Squires defeated a pair of players with top-40 world rankings, including an upset of #1 seed Brandon Wu. After the event, Squires announced it was the end of his amateur career and he would be turning professional. Best of luck to Austin Squires as we continue to follow his career.
Another current football note - two players suffered what looks like season-ending injuries this past week in practice - DL Blake Bacevich and OL Colin Woodside. Wish them both well in their recoveries and hope to see them on the field in 2020 (if not sooner!)
Former Bearcats alum and current Vikings RB Mike Boone had a huge game on Sunday night in the pre-season. He ran for 66 yards and caught a short screen pass that he took for 45 yards.
Need a refresher on any of the Bearcats returning players? Phil Neuffer has you covered!