“Reds Collegiate Invitational”
(UC Athletic Director Whit Babcock, UC baseball coach Brian Cleary, Cinicinnati Reds C.O.O. Phil Castellini)
CINCINNATI (Feb. 8, 2013) — The Cincinnati Reds announced the inaugural “Reds Collegiate Invitational” will feature the University of Cincinnati and University of Louisville baseball teams playing at Great American Ball Park on Sat., April 6, 2013.
The UC vs. UofL BIG EAST Conference matchup will begin 30 minutes after the Reds vs. Washington Nationals game at 1:10 p.m., marking the first NCAA game played at Great American Ball Park since opening in 2003.
The announcement was made Friday evening by Reds COO Phil Castellini, UC Director of Athletics Whit Babcock and UC baseball head coach Brian Cleary in the Riverfront Club at GABP during UC Baseball’s First Pitch Reception, a UCATS Diamond Club fundraising banquet benefiting the Bearcats baseball program.
“The University of Cincinnati and University of Louisville are two fine universities representing Reds Country and it’s important to our organization that we foster baseball at all levels including supporting local colleges,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “We are proud to be hosting UC and UofL for the first ever college game at Great American Ball Park.”
“The opportunity for our students, fans, and alumni to see our baseball team play at Great American Ball Park is special,” said University of Cincinnati Director of Athletics Whit Babcock. “It is a reward for our student-athletes, a great recruiting tool and shows the region that UC is fully committed to excellence in not only football and men’s basketball, but our Olympic sports as well. We want the UC brand aligned with the Reds brand in this city. We’re proud of that. We’re grateful to the Castellini family and Hamilton County for allowing us the opportunity to showcase our baseball program in such an outstanding venue.”
“This is another example of the commitment by Reds ownership to the greater Cincinnati community,” said Brian Cleary, UC baseball head coach. “Our players are excited about the opportunity to play a heated rival in a major-league venue. This is a significant event in the development of UC baseball as we will have an opportunity to introduce our program and college baseball to an even greater number of people. I know that all associated with this game are anxious to play in front of as many baseball fans as possible. Our community can make this a game that is noticed across the nation.”
Fans who purchase tickets to the Reds vs. Nationals game can stay and watch the Bearcats face the Cardinals.
For those interested in attending only the UC vs. Louisville game, tickets will be available for $5 at the Reds Box Office beginning in the eighth inning of the Reds vs. Nationals game, subject to availability.
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OSU Spring Game Tickets
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tickets for Ohio State’s 2013 LIFESports Spring Game, presented by Nationwide and set for April 13 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, will go on sale March 1. Prices for the 1 p.m. game will be $18 for club seats, $12 for general reserved seats and $5 for ages 2-6 with children under the age of 2 admitted free.
All seats are reserved seats. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can do so starting March 1 online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center, or at any Ticketmaster location.
Ohio State students will receive free admission in designated student sections. Specific details will be communicated directly to students by March 1.
Ohio Stadium is under renovation, prompting the change of venue for the spring game. Paul Brown Stadium opened in 2000 and has a seating capacity of 66,319, including 7,600 club seats.
Kerry Coombs Named OSU Special Teams Coordinator
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs has been named the team’s special teams coordinator. Head coach Urban Meyer announced the promotion of Coombs today.
“Kerry Coombs is an excellent coach who has a great deal of experience and expertise with special teams,” Meyer said. “He is an outstanding teacher, an excellent motivator and he has a true passion for special teams.”
Coombs is in his 31st year of coaching, including his seventh on the collegiate level. Prior to his position at Ohio State, he spent five years at the University of Cincinnati and he was the special teams coordinator for three seasons, from 2009-11.
“I am incredibly excited and honored to be given the responsibility of special teams coordinator,” Coombs said. “The special teams have always been a part of the game that I have enjoyed coaching. These plays are so critical to the success of a team, and they can really swing momentum. I look forward to having an increased role in the development of them.”
Cool event Sunday
Mitch's Mission: Playdate with the Bearcats
Playdate is a family fun event that includes swimming, rock-climbing, basketball, games, food, a raffle and hanging out with UC Athletes.
$15/person $50/family. All proceeds go to Mitch's Mission, a nonprofit organization that sends pediatric cancer and blood disease patients from Cincinnati Children's Hospital to summer camp. This year's Playdate with the Bearcats is scheduled for next Sunday, Feb. 10th from 2 to 5pm at the UC Rec Center.
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Football’s Prunty Named Scout.com BIG EAST Recruiter of the Year
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati associate head coach Robert Prunty was named the football recruiter of the year Thursday by Scout.com/FOX Sports Next.
Prunty, entering his first season at UC, has won the award in three consecutive years with the previous two coming while on the staff of UC head coach Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech.
UC announced a 22-member signing class on Feb. 6, 2013 that Scout.com ranked among the Top-50 in the nation and second in the BIG EAST Conference.
Prunty is a 20-year coaching veteran with strong ties to the east coast of the United States. He previously served as the head coach at Hargrave Military Academy where 27 of his former players went on to play in the NFL.
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