For those of you who didn't see it or actually chose to work during the final few hours of the day yesterday, I opened the first in a series of positional analysis as viewed through the eyes of the position coach.
I started with T.J. Weist and the wide receivers. T.J. was outstanding and really broke down the strengths, weaknesses of individuals and big picture of the position this year from the top of the depth chart to the bottom.
Bearcats fans should be excited about what he said about Dyjuan Lewis.
Of course, the depth will only improve. I am not allowed to comment on rumors about players that are not officially a part of the university yet. That's all I have to say about that.
--- Another day another piece of encouraging ticket sales news from UC. This time it's that the student season tickets have sold out for the season. The student convenience program rolled through 2,500 tickets and 500 student guest tickets with more than a month until the season begins.
Here are the details from UC Athletics:
CINCINNATI - The countdown to the 2010 University of Cincinnati football season continues with the opener just over 40 days away and the UC student convenience season ticket package, created in 2009 with the support of the UC Student Government, has sold out for the second consecutive season.
Students have exhausted 2,500 advance season tickets and 500 student guest season tickets in the south end zone for the upcoming year.
"This is the second year that the student season ticket package has been offered, and just like last year, it is very apparent how much pride our students have for this football team and the University," Student Government President Drew Smith said. "Last year's explosive season drove UC pride to an all-time high and we are seeing the results of that now. Students believe in Bearcats football. Outside of selling out of the season ticket package, there is an increase in attendance to away football games. The student support is outstanding."
Students who were unable to purchase the convenience ticket package before the sell out can still acquire tickets in the student section for 2010. The remaining 3,000 FREE student tickets will be available 10 days prior to each game. Students can pick up their tickets at the Richard E. Lindner Center with a valid student ID or print from home for $1.50 at www.CATSTIX.com. Students who purchased a season ticket package are NOT eligible for an additional FREE ticket.
With the way tickets are flying out the windows, UC may want to keep an eye on what happened at the University of Colorado.
--- Brian Bennett takes a look at the key stretch for the Bearcats this season which will be the final four games.
While I agree with BB that beating these four teams for the second year in a row is a lot to ask, doing it at the end of the season when not only Butch Jones' system is running on all cylinders will be beneficial, but this young defense should be starting to play more on instinct rather than thinking about where they are supposed to be.
--- I am not one to throw stones here, but we will just call this self-defense. Does anybody see the irony in an Ohio State blog running a list of the Five Most Annoying Fan Bases?
Does anybody think the arrogance of an Ohio State blog running the Five Most Annoying Fan Bases is pretty much why they belong on their own list?
Yeah, me too.
--- There are plenty of Cincinnati HS football fans that follow UC closely, so word that the state finals will be moving out of Canton in a few years should bring a smile to your face. Finding a more central location only seems fair and while the facilities in Stark County are fine, they are no Horseshoe.
I remember going up there when I was at Moeller in 1997 and we played Canton McKinley in the championship. We brought a solid contingent on the 3 1/2-hour drive, but it was almost unfair as we walked into the home stadium for McKinley and they were overflowing over the other 80 percent of the stadium that wasn't our ticket allottment.
Personally, a rotation of PBS, Browns Stadium, The Horseshoe and Canton would seem fair to me, but OHSAA isn't always the most forward thinking crew. Apparently, that is pretty far off, according to the DDN.
--- Some people both inside and outside the Big East didn't like Bobby Gonzalez. Those people probably will like this photo gallery.
--- As my Bearcats Breakfast Tip of the Day, if you are going to break into a closed bar, open it, and start selling drinks to unwitting customers -- you may want to pass on doing a story about it in the local newspaper. (Wait, newspapers still exist?)