|Cincinnati Bearcats football|
|Athletic director||Whit Babcock|
|Head coach||Butch Jones|
|Home stadium||Nippert Stadium|
|Postseason bowl record||7–6|
|Claimed national titles||0|
|Colors||Black and Red|
|Fight song||"Cheer Cincinnati"|
|Marching band||University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands|
The Cincinnati Bearcats football program represents the University of Cincinnati in college football. They compete at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level as members of the Big East Conference. The Bearcat football program is one of the nation's oldest, having fielded a team as early as 1885. In 1888, Cincinnati played Miami University in the first intercollegiate football game held within the state of Ohio. That began a rivalry which today ranks as the eighth-oldest and 11th-longest running in NCAA Division I college football.
Sid Gillman, a member of the College and National Football League hall of fame shrines, was the architect of one of the top eras of Cincinnati football history. He directed the Bearcats to three conference titles and a pair of bowl game appearances during his six seasons (1949–54) before leaving for the professional ranks. Cincinnati, with Gillman developing the passing offenses which would make him successful in the pro ranks, became known for its aerial attack in the early 1950s.
In 1968, the Bearcats were the nation’s top passing team. Quarterback Greg Cook was the NCAA’s total offense leader with receiver/kicker Jim O'Brien the national scoring champ. A year later, Cook earned Rookie of the Year honors as a Cincinnati Bengal. Two years later, O’Brien kicked the game-winning field goal for the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl.
With more than 90 players advancing into the professional ranks, 35 earning All-American honors, and 12 garnering Verizon Academic All-America recognition, Cincinnati football clearly has a history of accomplishments, both on and off the gridiron.
Conference championships[edit | edit source]
|1934||Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Dana M. King||2–0–1|
|1947||Mid-American Athletic Conference||Ray Nolting||3–1|
|1949||Mid-American Athletic Conference||Sid Gillman||4–0|
|1951||Mid-American Athletic Conference||Sid Gillman||3–0|
|1952||Mid-American Athletic Conference||Sid Gillman||3–0|
|1963 §||Missouri Valley Conference||Chuck Studley||3–1|
|1964||Missouri Valley Conference||Chuck Studley||6–2|
|2002 §||Conference USA||Rick Minter||7–6|
|2008||Big East Conference||Brian Kelly||11–3|
|2009||Big East Conference||Brian Kelly||12–1|
|2011 §||Big East Conference||Butch Jones||10–3|
§ – Conference co-champions
Trophy games[edit | edit source]
- Keg of Nails, Louisville Cardinals
- River City Rivalry, Pittsburgh Panthers
- Victory Bell, Miami RedHawks
Bowl games[edit | edit source]
|Year and bowl||Winning team||Losing team|
|1947 Sun Bowl||Cincinnati||18||Virginia Tech||6|
|1949 Glass Bowl||Cincinnati||33||Toledo||13|
|1951 Sun Bowl||West Texas A&M||14||Cincinnati||13|
|1997 Humanitarian Bowl||Cincinnati||35||Utah State||19|
|2000 Motor City Bowl||Marshall||25||Cincinnati||14|
|2001 Motor City Bowl||Toledo||23||Cincinnati||16|
|2002 New Orleans Bowl||North Texas||24||Cincinnati||19|
|2004 Fort Worth Bowl||Cincinnati||32||Marshall||14|
|2007 International Bowl||Cincinnati||27||Western Michigan||24|
|2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl||Cincinnati||31||Southern Miss||21|
|2009 Orange Bowl||Virginia Tech||20||Cincinnati||7|
|2010 Sugar Bowl||Florida||51||Cincinnati||24|
|2011 Liberty Bowl||Cincinnati||31||Vanderbilt||24|
Current NFL players[edit | edit source]
Current coaching staff[edit | edit source]
|Name||Current Title|| Joined
|Butch Jones||Head coach||2010||Ferris State|
|Steve Stripling||Assistant head coach, Defensive line coach
Defensive Running Game Coordinator
|Mike Bajakian||Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks coach||2010||Williams College|
|Mark Elder||Running backs coach||2010||Case Western Reserve|
|John Jancek||Defensive coordinator, Linebackers coach||2010||Grand Valley State|
|Don Mahoney||Offensive line coach||2010||West Virginia State|
|Shannon Morrison||Defensive backs coach||2011||Marshall|
|T. J. Weist||Wide receivers coach, Recruiting Coordinator||2010||Alabama|
|Dave Johnson||Tight ends coach||2011||West Virginia|
|Roy Manning||Outside Linebackers Coach||2012||Michigan|
Future Non-Conference Opponents[edit | edit source]
|Purdue||Toledo||Air Force||at Purdue||at Air Force||at Ohio State|
|at Illinois||Miami (OH)||at Miami (OH)||Miami (OH)||at Miami (OH)||Miami (OH)|
|at Miami (OH)||at Ohio State||at Miami||Ohio|
|Northwestern State||Stony Brook||Alabama A&M|
References[edit | edit source]
- CollegeGridirons.com. "Nippert Stadium". http://www.collegegridirons.com/bigeast/NippertStadium.htm. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
- Cincinnati Bowl History. Gobearcats.com. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "University of Cincinnati Football Roster". gobearcats.com. http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/cinn-m-footbl-mtt.html#coaches. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
- "Cincinnati Bearcats Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa/big-east/cincinnati-bearcats.php. Retrieved 2012-3-06.
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