Bearcats Breakfast 9.20.11

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Welcome to Tuesday's brief Breakfast before heading off to the media luncheon. Remember, I will have a post this afternoon with quotes, reactions and observations from today's media session.

And, of course, in two days UC will be at home and the only football game on national television. So, there's that.

Let's eat...

--- The New York Times, who broke the Cuse/Pitt story in case anybody is claiming otherwise (looking at you WWL), pens this story about schools that could be left out in the cold with this realignment. It lists UC, USF, Louisville, Iowa State, Baylor and TCU as possible schools without power conference affiliation.

It included this quote from President Greg Williams:

"Optimistic the University of Cincinnati will not only remain relevant in the major college football landscape but will also be a strong and committed partner to whatever grouping of schools with which we align."

He went on to say UC is not "sitting on the sidelines."

Good news to hear, but with all the uncertainty out there right now, it's difficult to know how much any of those thoughts/philosophies will matter.

--- More talk about the Big East-Big 12 merger possibilities.

--- Oh yeah, Pitt and Syracuse, you want us to let you out of the deal early after you completely sabotaged the entire conference? I don't think so.

--- NC State is a little banged up on defense as they come to town. Their primary injury is to LB Terrell Manning who already registered five sacks and 14 tackles in three games.

--- The Bearcats talked about the NC State game being the first indication UC they could have serious work in front of them last year. Bill Koch with the story.

--- Jason Williams has 10 facts you didn't know about Zach Collaros. My favorite is that ZC is the only UC football player majoring in organizational leadership. The guy will be on Jones' staff within a year of him deciding not to play football anymore.

You see ZC on the headset during the second half Saturday? He looks more like a coach than the actual coaches. And that's not a rip on the coaches.

--- Off to chat with
coach Jones and some players. Remember to follow on Twitter (@pauldehnerjr) and check back with the blog this afternoon.

Today the Pearl Jam 20 documentary is playing across the country on night only. The closest theaters to here are in Columbus and Indy. Wish I could go.

I would be remiss if I didn't link to the trailer. See you in a bit.

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