Co-DC Hank Hughes on his Return to UC

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Like Eddie Gran, another member of the University of Cincinnati football coach has returned to the Bearcats from an earlier stint.

Co-defensive coordinator Hank Hughes was on Tim Murphy's staff in 1993 when the Bearcats broke a ten-season losing skid with an 8-3 effort. That season included what was then a rare stop by a bowl officer as the "Poulan Weedeater Independence Bowl" officer was here for a Bearcats' game against Memphis.

As some may recall, Cincinnati was treated to a rare, late October snowstorm and the desired attendance for the game at Nippert was not reached (even including the snowman someone had made in the Herschede-Shank Pavilion).

UC won that game and eventually finished with a win over East Carolina for the 8-3 season that catapulted Murphy to Harvard and Boston where he was from. Hughes went with Murphy to the Ivy League, then spent three seasons at Memphis before spending the last 14 seasons at Connecticut.

He now returns to a team with a better identity, better facilities and better players. Here's my chat with Coach Hughes at a recent practice.


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