Isaiah Pead ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Ralph David Abernathy IV's 90-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter put Cincinnati ahead to stay as the Bearcats edged Vanderbilt 31-24 on Saturday in the Liberty Bowl.
In his role, McMinn works directly with the Bearcats' football team while assisting with the equipment operations for UC's 18 men's and women's sports.
McMinn joined the Bearcats after serving as an assistant football equipment manager at Duke University from 2008-2011.
He handles all day-to-day aspects of the football program's equipment needs, including purchasing, maintenance, organization, as well as coordination of the student assistant program.
McMinn also oversees the purchasing, storing, issuing, fitting and repairing of all athletics equipment and works directly with adidas to outfit the Bearcats in accordance with the NCAA, BIG EAST Conference and University rules and regulations.
His responsibilities for home and away games and practices consist of the setup and teardown of Nippert Stadium, UC's home and game locker rooms, as well as ensuring equipment is ready for travel.
McMinn coordinates the logistical efforts for taking the Bearcats' equipment on the road with Bill Kissel, the owner of Bell Moving and Storage, located in Fairfield, Ohio.
A native of Union City, Tenn., McMinn's previous experience in athletics includes stints with the University of Tennessee men's basketball program as a student manager and graduate assistant (1993-99), University of Tennessee football program as an equipment room manager (2001-04) and the NFL's Tennessee Titans as a visiting team clubhouse manager (2005-07).
McMinn earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee in sport management in 1997 and later received a master's degree in sport administration from Tennessee in 1999.
McMinn is married to the former Rachel Whaley of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.