Football Wins Championship In Classroom As Well
Derek Wolfe

Dec. 15, 2011

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team won its third BIG EAST Conference Championship in four years this season and also posted some championship numbers in the classroom.

The Bearcats' overall team GPA for the fall quarter was a 2.73 which is a significant improvement over the in-season GPA of 2.69 the Bearcats posted in the fall of 2010.

Forty-three student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA or better while 23 student-athletes earned spots on the Dean's List, with quarter GPAs of 3.4 or above.

BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Year Derek Wolfe (Lisbon, Ohio/Beaver Local), who has earned spots on five All-America teams, also finished strong in the classroom, posting a term GPA of 3.667 in his criminal justice major.

First-Team All-BIG EAST selection J.K. Schaffer (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) finished the quarter with a 4.0 GPA in criminal justice.

Tomaz Hilton (Youngstown, Ohio/The Rayen) and John Hughes (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) both earned their degrees, joining seven student-athletes on the roster, Tom DeTemple (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller), Steve Hancock (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls), Alex Hoffman (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral), Randy Martinez (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck), Shane Popham (Crestview Hills, Ky./Covington Catholic/Wake Forest), Rob Trigg (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne) and Orion Woodard (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes), who had previously earned degrees.



The Bearcats return to action against Vanderbilt in the 53rd AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31, 2011 at Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, Tenn. The game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET and air on ABC.

Tickets for the Liberty Bowl are on sale now at and are priced at $50. Fans that do not purchase online can call 1-877-CATS-TIX or visit the Athletics Ticket Office on the fourth floor of the Richard E. Lindner Center in Varsity Village.

For further information on the Bearcats' trip to the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, please visit bowl central at Some of the information available includes: travel packages with Provident Travel, important dates and deadlines, ticket details and general bowl information.