Bearcats Breakfast 10.5.11

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Hope your bye week has turned you into a more productive citizen and you have plans to now spend your Saturday volunteering at a local soup kitchen or entertaining at a retirement community.

Oh, you're still going to sit on your couch and watch football all day? OK, then I guess I'll keep feeding you football news. In fact, UC offers up the only media availability of the bye week this afternoon, so I'll head up there and return with some nuggets from players and coaches tomorrow.

Let's eat...

--- Plenty of takes
on what the heck has gotten into this Bearcats team up front. Bill Koch talks about the hard edge and physicality on the lines. Andrew Force takes on the the spread offense and how Butch Jones is showing you don't have to be pass-happy to succeed in it.

--- I do like that Jones
has stayed out of the fan attendance conversation. He always expresses his appreciation for the fans which are in attendance at Nippert, regardless of number. Winning games will bring fans.

West Virginia's Dana Holgorson, however, didn't take that approach.

Telling people what to do with their money irks me. Calling out people that have long supported the Mountaineers program when you are the new guy playing in your fifth game irks me even more.

--- The schedule works out nicely for UC. Not only do they enjoy a bye the week before opening Big East play, Louisville, fresh off a loss to Marshall, will be returning from a tough game at North Carolina this weekend. Already banged up (QB Will Stein and RB Victor Anderson fighting injuries), it could be a depleted group of Cardinals coming to Paul Brown Stadium.

--- Basketball season officially begins in 10 days. One of the first public events of the season will be the Coaches vs. Cancer Breakfast Mick Cronin will be attending along with Chris Mack, Charlie Coles, Archie Miller and Billy Donlon.

The always entertaining Phil Martelli will also be there. They'll talk about the season and all things college hoops while raising money for a fantastic cause. It's from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Nov. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Tickets are $75 and will be available starting Oct. 7.

There's more information here, but if you have the morning open it would be a great event to support. Plus, you can be the first person this year to ask Mick about his rotation! He'll love that.

Poster (2).jpg--- Speaking of basketball season, I was up in the UC offices yesterday and came across the UC basketball poster for this season. Strong to quite strong.

Here it is.

--- People love finding snubs from the Wooden Top 50 list. Yesterday, I mentioned Yancy Gates on here.

The Dagger at Yahoo! agreed with me. They had this to say about Yancy:

"Comment: It's no coincidence that Cincinnati solidified its place in the NCAA tournament last February just as Gates began to tap into his immense potential. The previously erratic 6-foot-9 senior averaged 16 points in Cincinnati's last nine regular season games and scored in double figures in all nine of those games. Projecting a significant leap from Gates is risky since he has produced similar numbers in all three seasons at Cincinnati, but if he can build on that late-season stretch, he has the talent to be as good as any big man in the Big East."

--- As for the daily conference expansion update. The Missouri curators unanimously voted to explore their options elsewhere. It doesn't necessarily mean they are leaving. That would, in theory, open up the possibility for a move to the SEC. A domino that would push for the Big 12 to explore its options in jumping from the eight teams that would be left to 10 or 12. Louisville leads the way in schools being talked about and other suitors are on that list as well. UC mentioned among them.

Some Mike DeCourcy went on a Twitter rampage last night talking about how bad all of these projected moves would be for college sports and the respective schools.

No timetable is set on a Mizzou decision. So, again, we wait and the listen to talking heads try to read the tea leaves.


--- A sad day for sports mustaches as Fran Dunphy breaks out the razor. It lived a full life.

It prompted to break out this list of the strongest mustaches in college basketball. Seriously, what did we talk about before blogs?

--- Oklahoma's Bob Stoops
and Texas' Mack Brown say they have a respectful relationship. SMU's June Jones and TCU's Gary Patterson, not so much.

--- Whatever we do to support our local firefighters, it's not enough. Here's wild video from a backdraft explosion at a recent fire in Franklin.

--- Reviews of the Pearl Jam doc are, not shockingly, great. It will air on PBS as part of the Masters Series on Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. for those of you who couldn't make it to the public screenings.

--- Here's one of my favorite rarities from the book/film/soundtrack. Early, early PJ with Crown of Thorns.

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