Well, quite an interesting day Tuesday as it came and went with many Bearcats fans wondering about the status of Butch Jones. Following the Twitters the last few days became an exercise that would make my journalism professors cringe and Joseph Pulitzer roll over in his grave. Misreporting and throwing of facts against the wall to see what sticks blankets the landscape without accountability.
Stay away from that world if you want your sanity. You can find those losing theirs at #Bearcats. All you need to know: Butch Jones is making a decision. Let him make it. Then you will be notified.
In the mean time, take a look around and understand the sky is not falling. Far from it. Read the column from my colleague and friend here at GoBearcats Dan Hoard. He tackles the current state of UC Athletics and says it as well as anyone could.
You need to read this before you proceed. Now.
OK, let's eat ...
--- As of my typing of this no reports surfaced on Butch Jones future here. As he said on Tuesday, "I think all you have to do is look at my past and in the past years of what's happened. And I'm still the head football coach here. I think that speaks volumes."
As Dan said, everyone at UC would like Jones to stay. You won't find anyone stating otherwise. If he decides its time to move on the program was left much better than when he found it and there will be a long list of extremely qualified candidates who'd love to take over. If he stays, then all the better for UC football.
--- I want to discuss another story that came out in the midst of chaos. All the details are slightly sketchy for now, but what we do know is that Walter Stewart has been cleared to train for the NFL Combine. Fears exist that his spinal condition would end his football career. Those have not necessarily gone away but Stewart being who he is, won't go down without saying he gave every last inch of effort to pull it off.
He may still never be cleared to play, but that won't stop Walt from doing everything else in his power up to the line he's not allowed to cross. For right now, that means training for the Combine. Add it to the list of all the reasons to love Walter Stewart.
--- Doc with a take on the big decision for Jones among the many big decisions hanging over the athletic department right now.
--- By the way, you are not alone dealing with coaching rumors in this conference Bearcats fans. Charlie Strong to Tennessee? Pitt's Paul Chryst put out a statement since his alma mater Wisconsin lost Bert Bielema. Steve Addazio was plucked from Temple by Boston College. Skip Holtz already was fired by USF and Houston Nutt came in for an interview.
That's more than half the conference dealing with coaching rumors/concerns. It's just that time of year and, unfortunately, as much a part of college football as tailgating.
--- ESPN blog debates the Big East Coach of the Year between Doug Marrone and Butch Jones after favorite Charlie Strong.
--- Greg Blair's 19-tackle performance against Louisville was rated one of the Top 5 defensive performances of the year in the Big East by CBSSports.com.
--- This is the last day to order Belk Bowl tickets and get in by the priority deadline. Just have to be in by 5 p.m. today. Just head to the main page at GoBearcats.com for details.
--- As you should know by now UC was ranked No. 11/12 in this week's college hoops polls. This is about where I thought UC should be slated before the season started. Knew it would only be a matter of time, but they are finally earning the respect the deserve and would have received in preseason had national folks been paying proper attention.
"It's great whenever your program gets recognition," Mick Cronin said. "It's something we're extremely proud of but at the same time we all know it doesn't mean anything right now in the scope of things."
As far as what also comes with rankings and the piles of praise being heaped upon this team right now, Cronin knows complacency comes with the territory. Avoiding it shoots to the top of his list right now.
"Complacency is inevitable whenever you have success," he said. "I'd like to be able to keep my team on the road. Win two in Vegas, come home, everybody tells you have great you are. It softens you up, no doubt about it. We did not play well enough Saturday."
He didn't find that hard to do going through a film evaluation.
"It was ugly," he said. "I thought we got out-executed, outplayed, out-coached against Alabama. We had probably our best and most physical practice of the year Monday, for us not living up to our expectations of how we physically compete is what we focus on. You would have thought we lost if you would have been at our practice on Monday. We got to get back to playing well Thursday."
--- Today is the three-year anniversary of my first game assignment covering sports in Cincinnati. UC 45, Pitt 44. Don't know if I'll ever top Day 1.
--- Some randomness as I quickly post this blog before all of the news inside it becomes old ...
--- Just when I was feeling special about my Inside the Bearcats Podcast -- turns out Rowdy Roddy Piper has one, too?
--- Vanity Fair/50 minutes poll rightly named Seinfeld the greatest comedy sitcom of all time. It's a Festivus for the rest of us!
--- Looking for more local flair in their teams nickname, the New Orleans Hornets are changing their team name to the New Orleans Pelicans. Having seen Bourbon St. a few times I'm surprised they passed on the New Orleans Gutter Vomit.
--- In case you weren't in the mood for Christmas, I offer you DMX singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. My buddy and I always used to talk about how Steve Logan looked kind of like DMX and we always wanted him to bust out a rap during that season he was leading the country in scoring. This would have been ideal.
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