Aug. 4, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Gunner Kiel (1) stretches during practice at the LaBar Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

June 5th Rollout: Cincinnati Bearcats News, Notes, Links, And More!


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BEARCATS NEWS

The Past Production of Hank Hughes

The optimist says Hank Hughes is a pretty good defensive coordinator as evidenced by his 2001-04 defenses allowing under five yards per play, and having an average rank of 26th in yards allowed and in pass efficiency defense. The pessimist, and lets be real thats most Cincinnati sports fans* will say that he had three lucky years that distort the true nature of his dreadful performance. Hughes had rough years in 2001 and in 2013, there is no point in denying that, but the context matters a great deal here.

Ranking college football’s transfer quarterbacks in 2014

The Todd Graham of quarterback recruits, Kiel originally committed to home-state underdog Indiana, then switched to LSU, then ultimately signed back home at Notre Dame where he was unhappy behind Everett Golson, causing a transfer to Cincinnati that ended up occurring just before Golson’s suspension last spring. Now finally established with a new team — coach Tommy Tuberville told SI.com that Kiel was “pretty deflated” by the time he got to Cincinnati — with three years of eligibility remaining, Kiel has had a year to settle down and learn the offense under Tuberville while he sat out. He’s in good position to win the job, with Brendon Kay gone and sixth-year senior Munchie Legaux still rehabbing his knee after suffering an injury last September.

2014 College Football Rankings: #43 Cincinnati

Much depends on the development of Kiel at quarterback. Kiel has the physical tools and has been a commanding presence at practice, but the test will be how he handles inevitable on-field adversity. UC started slowly last year (3–2) as the players adjusted to Tuberville and his staff. The coaches are entrenched now, but the lack of quarterback experience is an issue.

Much depends on the development of Kiel at quarterback. Kiel has the physical tools and has been a commanding presence at practice, but the test will be how he handles inevitable on-field adversity. UC started slowly last year (3–2) as the players adjusted to Tuberville and his staff. The coaches are entrenched now, but the lack of quarterback experience is an issue. – See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/2014-college-football-preview-and-predictions-no-43-cincinnati-bearcats#sthash.JqwQc0iN.dpuf
Much depends on the development of Kiel at quarterback. Kiel has the physical tools and has been a commanding presence at practice, but the test will be how he handles inevitable on-field adversity. UC started slowly last year (3–2) as the players adjusted to Tuberville and his staff. The coaches are entrenched now, but the lack of quarterback experience is an issue. – See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/2014-college-football-preview-and-predictions-no-43-cincinnati-bearcats#sthash.JqwQc0iN.dpuf
Much depends on the development of Kiel at quarterback. Kiel has the physical tools and has been a commanding presence at practice, but the test will be how he handles inevitable on-field adversity. UC started slowly last year (3–2) as the players adjusted to Tuberville and his staff. The coaches are entrenched now, but the lack of quarterback experience is an issue. – See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/2014-college-football-preview-and-predictions-no-43-cincinnati-bearcats#sthash.JqwQc0iN.dpuf

Men’s Soccer Adds Six to Roster

McCloskey and Rutan enter the program as true freshmen, while Frank is a redshirt freshman, Ladd is a redshirt sophomore and Bangsund and Carter are both juniors. Frank practiced with the Bearcats this spring while completing his freshman year at UC. Ladd spent two seasons at Louisville, redshirting as a freshman. Bangsund played his freshman campaign at Delaware before spending his sophomore season at Highline College (Washington) and Carter played his first two collegiate seasons at Northeastern.

AAC NEWS

UConn’s leading rusher no longer part of the team

That’s a big blow to the UConn offense, as McCombs was the team’s leading rusher in each of the last three seasons. He rushed for 670 yards and five touchdowns in 2013, while also catching 20 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns. In his three years as UConn’s lead back McCombs amassed 2,681 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.

Xavier transfer Justin Martin commits to SMU

Xavier transfer Justin Martin has committed to SMU, per his Twitter page. He will eligible to play immediately since he’s already graduated. The 6-foot-6 Martin averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds last season for the Musketeers and made 50 3-point shots.

NATI NEWS

Don Zimmer, West High and MLB great, dies

To Cincinnati, Don Zimmer was a West Side legend, part of formidable Western Hills High and Bentley Post American Legion teams with Jim Frey and Glenn Sample, long forgiven for being on the other side in the fabled 1975 World Series when he coached third for the Red Sox.

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