Aug. 13, 2010
Coach Banks Interview | Going To Higher Ground (CoachButchJones.com)
WEST HARRISON, Ind. – The University of Cincinnati football team donned full pads for the first time this fall, working out for a little over two hours at the Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center in West Harrison, Ind.
The high intensity of practice continued Friday as did the heat. Temperatures on the turf were around the 120 degree mark once again. Along with UC’s newcomers, head coach Butch Jones is making his first trip to Higher Ground. Count the UC boss as one who’s impressed with the Bearcats’ off-campus home.
“The food is incredible,” Jones said. The people here do an unbelievable job and our kids love coming here. I’m really excited about being here.”
Football beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. has more about the nuts and bolts of today’s practice HERE.
The voice of the Bearcats, Dan Hoard, checks in from Pawtucket, R.I. with a comparison of QB Zach Collaros to former Central Michigan signal caller Dan LeFevour. Click HERE.
Scott Springer catches up with former defensive back Haruki Nakamura HERE, and former punter Shaun Berdick HERE.
In other news, former UC defensive back Brad Jones signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Jones, an undrafted free agent, previously spent time with the organization during the spring and summer.
The Bearcats will be back at it Saturday, taking part in their first two-a-day workout. Both practices will take place at Higher Ground. UC is scheduled to return to campus on the morning of Aug. 26. All practices at Higher Ground are closed to the general public.
KINGS ISLAND MEET THE TEAM EVENT ON SUNDAY, AUG. 22 FROM 1-3 P.M.
On Sunday, Aug. 22, head coach Butch Jones and the two-time defending BIG EAST Champions will make the trek to Kings Island for their annual “Meet the Team Day.” Beginning at 12:45 pm, the team will walk down International Street and will take part in a program on the main stage underneath the Eiffel Tower. Following the short program, student-athletes will take part in an autograph session until 3 p.m.
UC fans looking to attend the “Meet the Team” Days at Kings Island can purchase discounted tickets for $29.99 ($20 off the regular price) on the Kings Island website. NOTE: Discounted tickets must be purchased online prior to the day of the event.
The Bearcats open the 2010 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Fresno State. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on ESPN2. UC will open the home schedule on Sept. 11 against Indiana State at noon inside Nippert Stadium. Call 1-877-CATS-TIX or visit CATSTIX.com to reserve your season tickets today.