Jeff Quinn To Coach UC In 76th Allstate Sugar Bowl


Football |

Dec. 11, 2009

CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jeff Quinn will coach the Bearcats in the 76th Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 against Florida in the Louisiana Superdome, Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced.

"We're pleased that Jeff has accepted the opportunity to coach UC in the Sugar Bowl," Thomas said. "He has experience in leading a team during a bowl transition. I have confidence that he will have our football team focused and prepared as we take on Florida in New Orleans on New Year's Day."

Quinn, in his third year at UC and 26th season in college football, was recently named one of five finalists for the 2009 Broyles Award, which is given to the nation's top assistant coach.

"The most important thing right now is our players," Quinn said. "This has been a tremendous season, but we still have another game to finish off. We will handle our preparations for the Sugar Bowl with class and distinction. We have a great challenge ahead of us and look forward to representing the University of Cincinnati in New Orleans on Jan. 1."

The Bearcats are 12-0 and recently won their second consecutive BIG EAST Conference championship. Unranked in preseason polls, Cincinnati's undefeated regular season catapulted the Bearcats to No. 3 in the BCS standings this week and earned them an invitation to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the school's second-consecutive BCS game.

UC has set numerous school records in 2009, including those for wins (12), road wins (6), consecutive regular season wins (18), points (495), passing yards (3,844), fewest fumbles (10), fewest fumbles lost (2), and fewest turnovers (10).

Behind Quinn's offensive line, the Bearcats have had an individual top the 100-yard plateau in six of the last eight games and eight out of 12 games overall. UC has topped 200-yards rushing on three occasions and has set the school record for points and touchdowns. Offensive tackle Jeff Linkenbach was a midseason selection to the all-America squad.



UC leads the nation in passing efficiency (166.19) despite using five different quarterbacks through the course of the season.

The Bearcats rank second nationally in kickoff returns (29.2), third in tackles for a loss (8.4), sixth in passing offense (320.3), scoring offense (39.8), and total offense (464.3), while sitting tied for eighth in sacks (2.9), and 10th in sacks allowed (0.9).

Eleven UC student-athletes were honored as all-BIG EAST selections, including four out of Quinn's five starting offensive linemen. Chris Jurek (1st), Alex Hoffman (2nd), Jason Kelce (2nd), and Linkenbach (2nd) earned all-BIG EAST honors in 2009.

Quinn served as interim head coach for Central Michigan's 2006 victory in the Motor City Bowl prior to joining the UC staff. He has a 1-0 record as a head coach.

During his career, Quinn has coached 12 offensive linemen who have played in the professional ranks, including first, fourth, fifth, and seventh round NFL Draft choices, as well as 22 players who have earned all-America status.

In 2008, Quinn mentored Offensive guard Trevor Canfield, who was an Associated Press Second-Team All-America selection, the first UC offensive lineman to earn a spot on the AP team since Bill Shalosky in 1952. Canfield was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Quinn served as the associate head coach at Central Michigan from 2004-2006. He arrived at CMU after 15 seasons at Grand Valley State. He was part of the staff that led the Lakers to back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003.

The 2001 Laker offense averaged 600.8 yards and set an NCAA record by averaging 58.4 points per game.

He is a 1984 graduate of Elmhurst College where he was a two-sport standout in football and wrestling. Quinn was twice named Student-Athlete of the Year at Elmhurst. He was inducted into Elmhurst's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

Quinn launched his coaching career at DePauw as an assistant football and wrestling coach from August, 1984 to May, 1986 before going to Ohio Northern as head wrestling coach and an assistant football coach from June, 1986 until December, 1988. At ONU, he coached one National Champion wrestler, along with a trio of all-Americans.

Quinn earned a master of arts degree from DePauw in 1986 and an educational leadership master's degree endorsement from GVSU in 2000.

Quinn and his wife Shannon have two sons, Kyle and Ryan. Kyle serves as the undergraduate student representative to the UC Board of Trustees.

No. 3 UC will close out the 2009 season in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl against No. 5 Florida. The game is set for Jan. 1, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. EST in the Louisiana Superdome, and will be televised by FOX.

UC has sold out of its allotment of tickets for the game. Season-ticket holders can call the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-CATS-TIX to be placed on a waiting list if additional Sugar Bowl tickets become available early next week.

Seat Exchange is the Official Secondary Ticket marketplace for the UC Department of Athletics. Fans are able to view market prices, ticket supply levels, and seating locations 24-hours a day via Seat Exchange's website. Fans can view available tickets for 2010 Sugar Bowl and other UC sporting events at

    The Birmingham News

    Tuberville would want home-and-home with Alabama in 2015

    NBC Sports

    Cincinnati getting a home game with Alabam would be huge

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Murky two-division AAC split could become clearer soon

    USA Today

    Breakout stars for the 2014 NFL season


    Top 10 Reascons Cincinnati Will Win the AAC Football Championship

    Philadelphia Business Journal

    Celek Earns Prestigious 40 Under 40 Award

    Sports Illustrated: Campus Union

    Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel finally where he wants to be

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats will be filled with fresh faces next season

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Sandy Koufax's season with UC Bearcats remembered

    News Record

    Freshman basketball player creates new expectations


    Cincinnati Bearcats Shut Out No. 12 Houston Cougars, 3-0


    Dangel breaks former high school coach's UC record

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Sycamore High School grad excels in lacrosse at UC

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Gunner Kiel impresses at UC football's spring game

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Youthful UC can make its own history next season

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's defense makes statement in latest scrimmage

    Remember Gunner Kiel? He's Ready to Dominate

    Hank Hughes Q&A

    New York Times

    Growing as a Player, Beaming as a Father

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    NCAA Tournament is 'Cincinnati vs. the world'

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Kiel comes out strong in Bearcats' spring scrimmage

    Sporting News

    2013-14 Men's Basketball All-Americans

    Fox Sports

    Cincinnati made me a believer


    Former redshirt Sean Kilpatrick finishing out historic career

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Q&A with UC AD Mike Bohn


    Brennan's Wooden Watch: Week 14

    Fit and healthy, Omar Cummings offering a new dynamic up top for Houston Dynamo

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Men's soccer signee Clark named Gatorade Ohio player of the year


    Munchie Legaux and Shaq Washington gain extra year

    Denver Post

    Mike Bohn eager to point Cincinnati Bearcats in right direction as AD

    The Washington Post

    No. 7 Bearcats have highest ranking in 10 years

    Yahoo! Sports

    How Sean Kilpatrick willed UC past Louisville and back into the nation's consciousness

    Cincinnati takes over AAC with win at Louisville

    Tough Bearcats don't get rattled

    UC staves off Temple to stay perfect in AAC

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC looks to 15-year sports admin vet Reed-Francois for interim AD

    CBS Sports

    No. 15 Cincinnati stomps UCF, wins 11th straight

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats take down USF 61-54, win 10th straight

    USA Today

    Why Cincinnati is not a team to sleep on

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Short-handed Bearcats cautious about ranking

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's goal: win them all at home

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Cronin: Not easy, but Cats got through fatigue

    The News Record

    What you missed in UC sports during break

    FB Schedules

    Boise State, Cincinnati Schedules 2019, 20 Home-and-Home Series


    The Best and Worst College Football Teams for the Money

    USA Today

    Report: Colleges doing poorly at hiring women coaches

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Randolph named AAC Player of the Week

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC women's basketball knocks off Ohio State

    Bleacher Report

    Belk Bowl 2013: Cincinnati-North Carolina

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Belk Bowl: UC vs. UNC


    Belk Bowl Breakdown

    The Showdown is Set


    Cards, Bearcats set for defensive battle

    CBS Sports

    Louisville-Cincinnati Preview

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Thursday is UC's fight for perception

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Don't let UC's next opponent fool you

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC jumps to No. 23 in USA Today football poll

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats break into USA Today Top 25

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    McKay turns in monster game against Rutgers


    Kay throws for 408 yards, 4 TDs as Cincinnati routs Rutgers

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats won't lessen the pressure

    News & Record

    Pressure takes toll on NC State against Cincinnati

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats face variety of bowl scenarios

    The News Record

    UC weary of SMU's aerial attack ahead of AAC clash

    Bleacher Report

    Best College Football Moments in Cincinnati History

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Mark Barr returns to UC, gets ovation

    After frustrating year, Omar Cummings puts Houston Dynamo on his back with clutch playoff goal

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's Shaq Thomas 'our version of Herb Jones'

    USA Today

    Cincinnati holds off Memphis for third straight


    Cincinnati's Mark Barr out of hospital

    TopDrawer Soccer

    Furman and Cincinnati men go nose-for-nose in College Goal of the Week

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Green seizing his moment for the Bearcats

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Jermaine Lawrence is new breed of forward

    UC Magazine

    Hostility to Hope: Feature on Men's Soccer Player John Manga

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Jermiah Davis III fights to be remembered

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Justin Jackson goes from energizer to example

    The News Record

    Cronin excited for new group

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC Bearcats' Sean Kilpatrick: 'It's the season now'

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats basketball will have fresh look

    The News Record

    UC Looks to RetainVictory Bell for Eighth Consecutive Season

    Miami Herald

    Kay Ready to Lead Bearcats into Rivalry Game

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Former Bearcat Thompkins making most of shot in NFL

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    New practice setup could benefit UC basketball

    Munchie Legaux out for season

    Cincinnati Rolls Past Purdue

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats defense puts up dominant effort

    American Athletic Conference

    2013 Team Previews: Cincinnati Bearcats

    Sports Illustrated

    Bowl projections: Cincinnati vs. North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl

    Cincinnati Business Courier

    Bearcats sell out football opener against Purdue

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Depth at defensive line still strong for Bearcats

    Bleacher Report

    Cincinnati Bearcats Football 2013 Team Preview

    UC Voted 2nd

    Coach Tuberville and his players discuss their reactions to being voted to finish 2nd in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference

    QB Timetable

    Coach Tuberville discusses his timetable to choose a starting QB with The Cincinnati Enquirer

    Thompkins at Patriots' Training Camp

    Former UC wide receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins, impressed many at Patriots' training camp 

    World University Games

    Sean Kilpatrick talks about his experience overseas

    World University Games

    Sean Kilpatrick talks about his experience overseas 

    Nippert Renovation Plan

    The Cincinnati Enquirer looks at the Nippert Stadium Project

    Cincinnati football's 'Crocodile Dundee'

    A former professional rugby player from Australia joins the Bearcat football team

    2013 Preseason 'Watch List' 

    Several Cincinnati Bearcats make 2013 national 'watch list'

    Sports Insider Today

    Young Cincinnati Team Looks to Improve in 2013 Amidst New Conference Setting

    ESPN Blog

    Cincinnati to play Pitt in December

    Former Bearcat Herman Qualifies for U.S. Open

    USA Today

    BearcatsTV Gets National Attention from USA Today's For the Win

    Cincinnati Bearcats Baseball Earns Top Honors in Videobombing

    The Washington Post

    Cincinnati Bearcats Do the Best Postgame Interviews

    Fox Sports

    Bearcats Rock Postgame Interviews

    Cincinnati Bearcats Revolutionize the Post Game Interview


    You'll love this Cincinnati Bearcats Post Game Funny Business Compilation

    Those guys having all the fun: An oral history of the Cincinnati baseball team's videobombs

    MSN Now

    This college baseball team wins the 'best interview' award

    Winn, Cincinnati run over Pittsburgh Bearcats Blog

    Cincinnati looks to sophomore RB Ralph Abernathy to increase production