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Big week during a slow season for UC football. Tonight will be the big UC Football Open House event. I've been speaking about the event for weeks now and it's as good an opportunity as you'll get for one-on-one time with the top administrators involved with UC football.

Butch Jones and Whit Babcock will be in the building along with many other UC reps to talk Bearcats football and give you an opportunity to become a new season ticket holder.

Again, that's tonight at the Lindner Center -- all the information you need for the event can be found here.

This is the first time UC has attempted a personal attention event like this and I think its one of the coolest ideas for the fans they've come up with.

Also, the Women's Football Clinic will take place Thursday with check-in beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lindner Center. Another cool event to interact with fans.

Jones spoke with Lance McAlister about these events and more last Friday. Here's the podcast.

--- Let's eat...

--- The tributes keep rolling in for Jack Twyman. Bill Koch has done a fantastic job along with the rest of the Enquirer with a series of pieces and remembrances of the UC legend. The latest comes on Jesse Jackson suggesting the NBA institute an award with Twyman's name to honor those who use the game to help their fellow man.

Here's the piece.

Can't think of a more appropriate idea.

--- UC held its All-Sports Banquet on Saturday. In case you missed it, Tommy G knocked it out of the park with his two video montages. The first a six-minute season highlight video that could make the hair stand up on a cadaver. The second was a collection of bloopers and joke reels that led into the ceremony.

Secret star of the show? Women's soccer coach Michelle Salmon. If this soccer thing doesn't work out, she may have a future in improv.

--- The Male Athlete of the Year, Jimmy Nippert Award and TopCAT Scholar went to XC/T&F runner Eric Finan. And deservedly so. Finan. He was the Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year, currently on the ballot for Academic All-American. He already owns an undergrad degree in mechanical engineering with a 3.9 GPA and is completing his business admin masters.

Oh, and he has been Cincinnati's top cross country finisher in every race since the start of the 2009 season. So there's that. Toss in the school record in the indoor 3,000 and 5,000 events and outdoor records in the 5,000 and 10,000 and you have a no-brainer decision.

Congrats to Eric who set the standard for what a UC student-athlete should be.

--- In non-Finan related awards, Mick Cronin was named Coach of the Year. Cronin could have been named COY in all of college basketball considering what he did with this team over the past seven months. Nobody could question that decision.

Butch Jones and the football team took the Team of the Year awards for their shared Big East championship and 10-win season.

--- The Female Athlete of the Year was Jasmine Cotten. Cotten was the Big East Indoor champion as well as an NCAA Indoor All-American in the pentathlon. Cotten was named the most outstanding field performer at this year's Big East Indoor Championship and was the Outdoor champion in the heptathlon. She was also named the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association Track & Field Sports Woman of the Year, and was the regional Athlete of the Year for indoor track.

What did you do this year?

--- ICYMI on Friday,
I wrote this about the addition of Alabama and this year's non-conference schedule. There should be zero reason for criticism of the non-con slate this season. It is packed.

--- The Dagger at Yahoo! doesn't view UC-Bama as a premier portion of the Challenge.

--- This Syracuse-Pittsburgh divorce is going about how we all expected, isn't it? To be fair, after jilting the conference, pretty sure SU and Pitt should understand their concerns don't exactly get fast-tracked to the top of the priority list.

--- The new UConn
AD fully expects Jim Calhoun back next season. All his players on the other hand...

--- ESPN's Heather Dinich and Andrea Adelson debate the future of the Big East and ACC. Moral of the story: Nobody knows what's going to happen.

--- The MLB Draft continues and UC could see players selected, chief among them LHP Zach Isler, OF Jake Proctor and RHP Christian McElroy. Keep it locked to the Draft Central page to see who goes first.

--- Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison returns to Cincinnati the next three days to play the Reds. In fact, his 2005 state championship Princeton team will be honored prior to tonight's game. Look for more on Josh later this week.

--- By the way, Tony Campana on the verge of overtaking the MLB lead for steals this year. With leader Emilio Bonafacio (20) on the DL, Campana (18) is only a few games away from jumping in front.

He's only been caught three times and owns the second-most steals in baseball with 46 fewer plate appearances than anyone else in the top 10.

--- Former UC golfer
Jim Herman qualified for next week's US Open. Congrats.

--- Randomness...

--- The New York Times had a 22-year-old intern working the Mets first no-hitter in their 51 years. He nailed it.

Not sure what my 22-year-old gamer would have looked like, but pretty sure my notebook would have been covered in sweat and vomit.

--- I've left a bookbag on top of my car and driven off before. Even a precious Chick-fil-a sandwich. But pretty sure I'd remember a baby up there.

--- Former Enquirer columnist,
who had been at the San Diego Union-Tribune for nearly 20 years was axed without any true notice this weekend. Sad, sad times.

Even crazier sign of the times in our industry, longtime Louisville Courier-Journal sports columnists Rich Bozich and Eric Crawford bolted for the local TV station. Sad state of affairs in the newspaper industry.

--- Interested in seeing The Dark Knight Rises? You may want to save up extra money for the sitter. It runs nearly three hours.

--- Cool color footage of Yankee Stadium during the Reds-Yankees World Series in 1939.

--- Donovan McNabb didn't find
anything wrong with the sportscast from a Portland, Maine TV station that reported the Celtics-Heat Game 4 ended in a tie.

--- Radiohead will take the stage tonight
at Riverbend. Should be a fantastic show. Enjoy it if you go. If not, I expect all of you to attend the UC Football Open House. Have a great day.

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