Tuberville has a lot of ‘splainin to do after the Bearcats’ embarrassing performance against South Florida on Saturday night. UC fans are seething after witnessing their ‘Cats get manhandled by a winless Bulls team. It was ugly and there’s plenty of blame to go around. This is arguably Tuberville’s most critical press conference to date, as the words he utters today will go a long way to either calming the fanbase or continuing to fuel the flames of the lynch mob’s torches.
The notes from today’s presser as follows. He only spoke for about 16 minutes. I would have held him there for 30:
- Mark Barr is still in intensive care but in stable condition. Encouraging news!
- “We need a lot of weeks to get better at what we’re doing” – Yup.
- “Doesn’t seem like we can’t get any consistency out of our offense” – Ain’t that the truth.
- Tuberville blames Tony Miliano’s blocked field goal on South Florida “cheating”, to put it bluntly. Actually he said what the Bulls did on that play should have been a “leaping” penalty, where the defender jumps up and into the offensive line rather than straight up and down. I hate when coaches assigns blame for his team’s mistakes on the opponent. Maybe USF should have been flagged but Miliano has kicked the ball with a low trajectory for his entire career. What he did on Saturday night wasn’t anything new.
- Offensive line is struggling. Sam Longo will be given more snaps in practice at center and has a good a shot as Bond to be the starting center going forward.
- Tuberville said the offense isn’t “complex” and what Cincinnati “has been running for years”. That worries me, since I know I haven’t seen I formations, Offset-I formations, Pistol formations, or Ace formations at any time during the Kelly/Jones eras. Who’s Tuberville’s trying to fool?
- UC’s punter John Lloyd is getting better and better. CHCA, ooo rah!
- Tuberville didn’t wear a headset to get a better feel for his players on the sidelines.
- He used the timeout on the onside kick with UC down 26-20 because Cincinnati didn’t have the “right” personnel/formation. Tuberville called the timeout to improve the Bearcats chances of getting the ball back from 10% to 20-30%.
- He had high praise for Tion Green as well as Abernathy and Williams. The Bearcats will use Green more and more but the coaches like the rotation of Abernathy/Williams.
- Rated the defense a B+/C. Cincinnati has held opponents to one offensive touchdown in the last three games. Coaches are never satisfied…
- Also has some high praise for Adam Dempsey, who earned a scholarship in fall camp.
You can listen to this week’s presser in its entirety here.