Bearcats Breakfast 5.24.11

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For those of you not following the Bearcats baseball team will open the Big East tournament play on Wednesday against St. John's.

The tournament is a double-elimination event with the championship held Sunday on ESPNU.

UC would play either Pittsburgh or Louisville on Thursday at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. depending on the first day's results. You can check out all the results here. Also, Shawn Sell provided a tournament primer with thoughts from Brian Cleary here.

St. John's will be returning to the site of their 2010 Big East championship. Not only that, UC will be facing pitcher Kyle Hansen, who was the 2010 Most Outstanding Player for the tournament.

The Bearcats are 3-7 in the BE tournament all-time and a second-place finish in 2008 served as their top showing.

In fact, UC will be searching to rekindle any of the magic from the 2008 season. In three other trips to the tournament (2006, 2009, 2010) the Bearcats have been eliminated with back-to-back losses.

Let's eat...

--- ranked UC's trio of Zach Collaros, Isaiah Pead and D.J. Woods in the top 10 triplets returning in college football next season. They weighed in at No. 9.

Here's the full list.

It got me thinking (never a good thing), how do these three rank among returning triplets in recent UC history? While measuring by yards is an inexact science when gauging complete performance, it's the most accurate single metric available. Still, let's add in touchdowns along with yards per touch for the RB/WRs. We'll take those three categories and see which triplets ranks out as the top returning trio from the previous year's statistics.

In the last ten years, only four returning triplets were even comparable. Here they are: 

2011                     TotalYards     TD    YPT

QB Zach Collaros           3,104      30     ---

RB Isaiah Pead             1,209        7     6.6     

WR DJ Woods               985        10    14.5

TOTAL                       5,096        47    8.74

2009                     TotalYards     TD    YPT

QB Tony Pike               2,454      20     ---

RB Jacob Ramsey         759        3     4.6     

WR Mardy Gilyard       1,286       11    15.5

TOTAL                       4,499       34    8.25          

2004                     TotalYards     TD    YPT     

QB Gino Guidugli          2,870       14     ---

RB Richard Hall            1,229       10     5.9     

WR Hannibal Thomas     413         3    18.8

TOTAL                       4,512       27     7.17

2002                     TotalYards     TD    YPT     

QB Gino Guidugli        2,498       17     ---

RB DeMarco McCleskey 880        7     4.7     

WR LaDaris Vann         922         3    11.8

TOTAL                       4,300       27   6.75 

--- By the numbers, the returning trio of Collaros, Pead and Woods are clearly the best this program has seen in recent history (or at least as far back as the web site stats go). They have the top numbers in all three major categories and it's really not close.

When you add in Pead's ability to rack up yards through the pass and Woods on the ground, it clearly put them over the top. Of course, Collaros throwing and running for more than 3,000 combined yards didn't hurt either.

--- Unfortunately for UC, these numbers don't necessarily predicate success. In 2009, UC experienced its best season in history. The Sugar Bowl run was powered by Pike and Gilyard in particular, with Ramsey giving way to Pead during the season.

The Cats started slow in 2004, but finished winning six of the last seven to go 7-5 on the season after a win in the Forth Worth Bowl. That made for two wins better than the 2003 campaign where they went 5-7.

In 2002, UC won C-USA despite a 7-7 overall record. They previous season they were 7-4. If you're looking to draw correlations, yes, two of the three seasons UC returned a trio of top players at QB, RB and WR they improved their win total. The other, they won the C-USA title.

Those three players, didn't always play better than the previous season, or as mentioned in the case of Ramsey, didn't even carry the load in their return.

--- Not sure I did anything but fill your head with unnecessary information here, but, hey, not exactly a plethora of football news going on. Historical player debates are the sitcom clip shows of the college football offseason.

--- The Big East meetings opened up on Monday. Expansion, of course, was the hot topic and commissioner John Marinatto talked about where the league is at. Bottom line, the Big East needs to figure out who the membership will be and then can go forward toward banking a major TV contract just as the PAC-12 did.

The good news is there appears to be an urgency to deliver both.

Andrea Adelson is reporting for the ESPN blog filed a number of stories. Here's the primary look at expansion from Marinatto.

Adelson has much more posting periodically here.

--- Skip Holtz made
his position clear. Though, he's likely hoping UCF would join the conference and build a geographic rival into the conference.

--- The status of Tennessee
defensive back and All-SEC safety Janzen Jackson is up in the air for next season as he deals with some personal problems. Derek Dooley opened the door for his return, but there's a chance he may not be patrolling the secondary when UC heads to Knoxville.

--- I mentioned the APR here yesterday, discussing that along with penalizing teams, maybe other top performers should be rewarded. Louisville recently lost three football scholarships because of the numbers. Perhaps, the bigger question that needs to be answered was broached by Dan Wolken: How legit is the APR? Not very, in his estimation.

--- Some randomness...

--- This would be the equivalent of Mick Cronin taking the head coach position at Miami (Ohio).

--- Jim Leyland not a fan of the clowns who call into sports talk radio. Also not a fan of this question.

--- I can't remember seeing a choke like the Thunder collapse last night. As the lead unraveled, you could see the inevitability on the faces of the OKC players. They never had a shot in OT. The Thunder have every element of a championship winner except the killer instinct.

Could there be more poor shots/execution than what Durant and Westbrook put forth over the final four minutes? Yikes.

Tweet of the night goes to Bill Simmons after the game: "Kudos to Dallas, but that was like watching a Little League World Series pitcher fall apart and start crying on the mound."

--- All these years later, I still have a soft spot for the Muppets, who have a new movie coming out. Here's the trailer. Though, I'll always be partial to Fraggle Rock.

--- The Richmond Flyin
g Squirrels are holding Tribute to Bacon Night this evening. Kevin Bacon will be there. As will numerous other pork products. A year's supply of bacon will be given away. In case you are wondering, there's a 3:30 p.m. flight out of CVG that lands you in Richmond in plenty of time for the ceremonies.


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