Almost to big Saturday -- we've got UC-IPFW at 1 p.m. at Fifth Third then Rutgers-UC football at Nippert at 7:30. I will be sampling some tailgates (hopefully) in between, so I look forward to seeing you guys out there. Until then, here's some breakfast...
--- Monte Taylor earned his first college sack on Saturday against West Virginia. He's one of the young players on the defense that appear to be making some strides. Tim Adams wrote a story on Taylor for BearcatLair.
--- Bill Koch wrote about the inability to flip field position in kickoff returns this year without Mardy Gilyard -- and also without Vidal Hazelton. Remember, Hazelton was slated as the kickoff return man before going down in the opener at Fresno.
As I mentioned in this space a few weeks ago, the Bearcats were second in the country last year with an average of almost 30 yards per return.
This season they rank 83rd in the country. They are one of 13 teams among the 120 FBS schools without a return of longer than 40 yards this season.
--- Brian Bennett has WR Armon Binns ranked fourth in his Big East Player of the Year race right now. Watching Binns career conclude on a sour note as this season has been is one of the truly sad stories of this season.
Binns broke out last year after waiting his turn and has been a huge part of wins this team has had this year. But unfortunately, not enough pieces around him have been able to send him out on a better note to this point.
With three games left, it's really started to hit him that it's almost over. But not before his 57 receptions for 826 yards and 9 touchdowns kept him on the map for the next level.
--- A must read today comes from my mentor and famous chili recipe creator Justice Hill, who has this incredible piece in FanHouse about Ted Ginn Sr., a legendary coach from Glenville High in the Cleveland area.
--- I posted some updates on Bearcats in the NFL last night with a focus on Tony Pike's possible start for the Panthers. I didn't put this blog in where Baltimore's Haruki Nakamura talks about facing his former teammate.
--- For the record, UConn's Kemba Walker posted 42 points and 8 rebounds in a win against Vermont last night. Oh boy, if Walker has officially figured it out, life just got a lot tougher for everyone in the Big East.
Even more impressive, he scored those points despite distraction from Evan Fjeld's incredible mustache.
--- In some randomness....
Few stories can compete with this one, which encompasses a number of societal issues. It tackles guns, rednecks, addiction to television and, the worst of all, Bristol Palin.