Bearcats Big East champion David Tepe takes to the Scarlet Course at Ohio State today opening the NCAA Regional tournament. Remember, Tepe came from off the radar to win the BE tourney in Orlando by scoring his first tourney of the year with three consecutive rounds under par.
Plus, a group of his buddies drove all the way to Florida to root him on, according to my Twitter mentions, there will be another group making the much more digestible drive through Ohio to soak in this round.
Tepe tees off at 9:40 a.m., you can follow along to see how he did at the scoretracker here.
He hoped to be placed into the Ohio State portion of the bracket or else he could have been flying all over the country to compete. Instead, he'll have another contingent of friends and family following him in Columbus. That will also include the 1-2 video team punch of Tommy G and @VideoShane.
Keep it locked to GoBEARCATS.com for all your updates.
Let's eat ...
--- Season finale series begins today at Marge Schott Stadium. Notre Dame comes to town as the Bearcats try to carry some momentum and a few more conference victories into next season.
Our Ashley Davis continues to do a great job on the baseball beat and wrote yesterday about the emergence of junior Matt Williams over the second half of the season. He was slowed by a hammy injury early in the year, but once he got healthy he started raking. He will be a centerpiece of next year's team, one that appears built to take a huge step forward in what will be a difficult new league.
While football and basketball are losing some top competition with the American move, baseball will be adding southern schools where baseball is played year-round and recruiting grounds are fertile. Consider all four teams joining from the the southern states in the next two years currently own winning records with a recent history of success.
- Houston: 33-19
- UCF: 28-25
- ECU (2014/15): 28-25 -- won five straight series, made NCAA tournament last two seasons
- Tulane (2014/15): 27-25 -- went 38-20 last year.
Saturday will be Senior Day for the Bearcats and they'll honor Thomas Gentile, Andrew Strenge and J.P. Jackson. Nearly all of the Bearcats lineup and rotation should be returning next year depending on draft picks and other variables.
For those who want to attend game times are 6:30 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. for the season finale on Saturday.
--- Also, kudos to junior infielder Ryan Quinn who has become the ringleader of one of the best developments in college baseball interviews since I've been around.
After every victorious interview with BearcatsTV at the tail end of this season, a collection of Bearcats have performed some type of shenanigans in the background. The choreographed masterpiece from Tuesday's win against Butler was awe-inspiring.
I have to believe something like this needs to be rehearsed and drawn out in the dirt at some point during the game, right? I will only say my expectations are high for this weekend, Ryan. The bar has officially been raised.
--- Hopefully you've been reading your Enquirer this week as Bill Koch has churned out a fantastic five-part series on the Bearcats current situation. They've all been informative, well-researched and spelling out the reality of the situation.
Wednesday's highlighted the bright future for the Bearcats despite the move out of the Big East. Great read.
Also, check back to this blog as I'll sit down with Bill for a podcast this week and we'll discuss the series, everything he learned and likely a slew of other UC-related topics.
--- Kelly Babcock, Suzanne Tuberville and UCATS hosted Girls Night Out Wednesday at UC, bringing some of the female supporters of UC athletics onto campus. This was the first year of the event and another great idea to round up all aspects of the fan base. Too often the female contingent is forgotten because the audiences at football and basketball games tend to be so testosterone driven.
--- Unfortunately, bad news for George Winn, who was cut by the Texans yesterday. Still believe there is a place for Winn on a training camp roster somewhere.
--- OL Sean Hooey, endured a difficult run the last few years with the Bearcats latched on with the St. Louis Rams for camp. After an injury during his junior year he never regained a starting position. It was odd and frustrating for him, but great to see Hooey gain his shot at the league.
--- Jameel Poteat, who left UC this summer, has surfaced at Stony Brook. Keep an eye on the Sea Wolves if you want to see how the former top recruit does landing on his feet.
--- Randomness ...
--- You can listen to people discuss the important things to know when using social media, or you can just always do the opposite of Amy's Baking Company.
--- Anybody who has experienced the cicadas here every seven years would probably love to eat a few off this menu, just to prove a point to their living brethren.
--- Attention Cincinnati music fans, The National's new album is streaming on iTunes.
--- Walking the fine line between impressive and repulsive in Pittsburgh.
--- End of The Office tonight. I haven't watched since Carrell left. His prime seasons there were some of the best in recent TV history. Boom. Roasted.