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Cincinnati Bearcats football
File:Cincinnati Bearcats.svg
First season 1885
Athletic director Whit Babcock
Head coach Butch Jones
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
Stadium capacity 35,097[1]
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
Conference Big East
All-time record 552–553–51
Postseason bowl record 7–6
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 11
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 3
Current uniform
Colors Black and Red            
Fight song "Cheer Cincinnati"
Mascot Bearcat
Marching band University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands
Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Louisville Cardinals
Miami Redhawks
Pittsburgh Panthers

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Conference championships

Year Conference Coach Record
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 Titles 11

§ – Conference co-champions

Trophy games

Bowl games

The Bearcats have participated in 13 bowl games, with a record of 7-6.[6]

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 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

Name Position Team
Connor Barwin Defensive End Houston Texans
Brent Celek Tight End Philadelphia Eagles
Trent Cole Defensive End Philadelphia Eagles
Kevin Huber Punter Cincinnati Bengals
Jason Kelce Center Philadelphia Eagles
Haruki Nakamura Safety Carolina Panthers
Mike Wright Defensive End New England Patriots


Current coaching staff

Name Current Title Joined
Alma mater
Butch Jones Head coach 2010 Ferris State
Steve Stripling Assistant head coach, Defensive line coach
Defensive Running Game Coordinator
2010 Colorado
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[9]

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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


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