April 17, 2010
The University of Cincinnati football team wrapped up the fourth week of spring football with practice number 11 under sunny skies Saturday.
It was Family Day at Nippert Stadium as several hundred family members of UC student-athletes, coaches, and support staff were on hand. Following a meeting with the new coaching staff, and a campus tour, the families watched practice from the stands and participated in a group picture with the team around the C-Paw at the 50-yard line.
"We had great participation today from our football family," head coach Butch Jones said. "Together we are a family. Everything that we do within our football program is family. I don't like to use the term football program I like to use the term family. I know a lot of individuals preach family, but we live family each and every day."
After practice, the group gathered at the Myers Alumni Center where the members of the 2009 team received their BIG EAST Championship rings.
Bearcat Bowl IV, the University of Cincinnati's 15th and final practice of the 2010 spring season, will air live throughout the state of Ohio on FOX Sports Ohio on April 24 from 7-9 p.m.
Tom Gelehrter (PXP), Jim Kelly Jr. (ANA), and Artrell Hawkins (SL) will call the action from Nippert Stadium as the back-to-back BIG EAST Conference Champions wrap up their first spring under coach Jones.
Admission is free and open to all patrons. Fans are encouraged to sit on the east side of Nippert, opposite the press box. The first 5,000 fans that enter receive a commemorative rolled Sugar Bowl poster.
Coach Jones and his staff will lead the annual free youth football clinic for players up to eighth grade, which will take place on the Nippert turf at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Following the clinic, selected student-athletes from the football team will be on hand to sign autographs.
The Bearcats Family Zone on Sheakley Lawn will be open from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The Family Zone will feature many of the activities normally seen on a regular football game day such as inflatable games, cornhole, KIDS CLUB coloring contest, face painting and a opportunity to meet the 2009 Capital One Mascot of the Year, BEARCAT.