Cincinnati really screwed the pooch on Saturday night and there was plenty of blame to go around. This week Jones has to prepare the ‘Cats for their biggest game of the season and with one less day to do so, no less. But there are some questions that remain from the Toledo game on Saturday. Will the reporters ask him the right questions? Let’s see.
- “Just a brief recap of last week’s game then moving on to Toledo” – Not a hot start for Butch.
- Essentially says the team was disappointed about their performance against the Rockets, although Butch was proud of the defense, and gives Louisville their props.
- Reemphasizes how Cincinnati’s margin of error is very small. Couldn’t agree more.
- Geometrically football is far different from other sports. How true, how true…
- Jones reiterates what I said yesterday, that Munchie gets the bulk of the praise and blame but the supporting cast (players, coaches, etc.) shares in that.
- Glad someone asked Butch why Cincinnati passed so much against Toledo. He gave an answer full of coach-speak claiming that the passing game balances out the running game. While true, the Bearcats can’t pass the ball 36 times with Munchie Legaux. Cincinnati’s offense has to be skewed towards the run.
- Views loss of Walter Stewart as an opportunity for others to shine.
- Interesting. So Pat O’Donnell’s hammy was tweaked before the game which played a part in Tony Miliano winning the kickoff role on Saturday. But what is disturbing is that he said Miliano won the job in practice and 4 of O’Donnell’s kicks were poor against Fordham. These are normally good arguments for starting one player over the other but O’Donnell’s body of work is far better than Miliano’s on kickoffs. Butch should have left the answer at O’Donnell’s injury.
- On the surface the Big East is top-heavy this year but Butch gives respect to teams like Syracuse and Temple near the bottom of the conference.
- Knows that Cincinnati and Louisville embraces the Keg of Nails rivalry for a number of reasons.
To watch Butch Jones’ presser in its entirety you can access it here.