Miami finds a football coach
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Notre Dame assistant Chuck Martin to be next Miami coach
Chuck Martin walked onto the runway at South Bend Regional Airport on Tuesday afternoon flanked by his family and first-year Miami of Ohio athletics director David Sayler.
After a four-year reunion in South Bend with former boss Brian Kelly at Notre Dame, the Irish offensive coordinator was leaving for his first FBS head coaching job. BIO HERE
Chuck Martin on leaving Notre Dame for Miami: "Just a great opportunity from a head coaching standpoint."— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) December 3, 2013
What sources in South Bend tell me about Chuck Martin:
*Media in will love his personality and quick wit.
*Was well liked by the offense and defensive players that worked with him at Notre Dame.
*In charge of Chicago-land recruiting. Would call recruiting success in Chicago average at best.
*Honestly hard to judge him as an offensive coordinator with Brian Kelly running the show.
*Since being handed play calling duties in 2013 there were more head scratching play calling moments this year compared to last year when Kelly was calling plays.
*It took this offense until game 11 to give the ball consistently to their 2 most productive backs. Prior to that a four headed monster seemed to muddle up the run game. After game 11 Kelly said finally this offense was playing "Notre Dame football."
*To defense of Martin, Rees was not a fit for the Irish offense. But they didn't alter the offense to Rees strengths. The end result was an up and down offensive season even though the stats show they scored more points than last year.
We have a sellout
CINCINNATI - The Thursday night matchup for the Keg of Nails between the University of Cincinnati and University of Louisville football teams is officially sold out, UC Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced Tuesday.
The No. 23 Bearcats (9-1, 6-1 American Athletic Conference) and No. 19/16 Cardinals (10-1, 6-1 American) will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 in Nippert Stadium.
The UC-UofL game will be the second sellout of Nippert Stadium in 2013. The all-time stadium record attendance of 36,007 was set during the season opener against Purdue.
Bearcats must beat Louisville for shot at BCS bowl
Tom Groeschen, Enquirer
BCS expert Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com said Monday that, even if UC wins and Central Florida loses, it now appears the Bearcats would finish behind Central Florida in the BCS standings. While UC and Central Florida would be AAC co-champs, Central Florida currently is 11 spots ahead of UC at No. 16 in the tie-breaking BCS race. It may be difficult for UC to jump that many places in one week.
Keg of Nails likely to find its final home
Tim Sullivan, Louisville Courier Journal
“You’d like to continue to play (Cincinnati), but I don’t know if you’re going to be able to,” Strong said Monday. “Cause you’ve got to look at who you’re going to play within the conference, and do you really want to load up and play these other teams?
5th/3rd Arena was a key to UC's turnaround
Bill Koch, Enquirer
The Bearcats will play that 400th game at 7 p.m. Tuesday against South Carolina Upstate just over 24 years after they christened the building – then known as Shoemaker Center – with a 66-64 win over No. 20 Minnesota on Nov. 25, 1989. The winning points came on a 3-point shot from the corner by Steve Sanders, a football player who went out for basketball to help fortify a roster that had only eight scholarship players in Bob Huggins’ first year as head coach.
Talk about ancient history.
FSU, OSU are on track for BCS title game, only one is deserving
John Feinstien, Washington Post
Won-lost record should certainly be among the criteria for ranking teams and deciding who plays in the title game. But it shouldn’t be the criterion. There’s a reason the team that wins the NCAA basketball championship each April is rarely the team with the best regular season record; it is almost always a team that comes out of a demanding conference and has suffered some inevitable losses along the way. Everyone knows that, which is why the NCAA basketball committee places great emphasis on strength of schedule.
College hoops: Flyers flying high
DAYTON, Ohio – The Dayton Flyers are in The Associated Press Top 25 at No. 25, which was released Monday. This is the first time in head coach Archie Miller's tenure the Flyers have been nationally ranked. UD was last ranked in the AP Poll back on Nov. 22, 2009 when the Flyers were 18th. The 6-1 Flyers are off to their best start since 2008-09
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Finishing the Job The Inspirational Story of the 2012 State Champion Summit Country Day Silver Knights
The Bengals today made the following roster moves:
* Signed free agent OT Dennis Roland, a sixth-year NFL player. Roland (6-9, 315; Georgia) played for the Bengals from 2008 through Game 3 of this season, seeing action in 69 games and three postseason games. He played in this season’s first three games and was released on Sept. 25.
* Placed G Clint Boling on the Reserve/Injured list. Boling, the team’s starting LG since the beginning of last season, sustained a season-ending knee injury this past Sunday at San Diego.
Bengals.com: With Boling done for year, Bengals mull Whit at guard
Bengals defense a curmudgeon in pass happy NFL
Kevin Goheen, FoxSportsOhio
“That’s a good defense. They’ve got good linebackers that tackle and really run. The secondary is a very experienced group that plays well,” said Rivers. “I thought defensively, arguably, the best defense we’ve played against. We helped them some, but they had a lot to do with it.”
It could be worse.....
Former Bengals cornerback honored
In conjunction with the Freedom Center's look at Sam Freedman's book Breaking the Line,former Bengals cornerback Ken Riley is going to be honored at the Dec. 8 game at Paul Brown Stadium against the Colts. Riley is one of the key figures in the book that traces his 1967 season as the Florida A&M quarterback during a pivotal year in the civil rights movement. Through the eyes of Riley and his coach, Jake Gaither, as well as Grambling coach Eddie Robinson and his quarterback James Harris, Freedman studies how the game and society were reacting to change.
Breaking The Line: Panel discussion
Who: Sam Freedman, Ken Riley and Clarence G. Newsome, Ph.D.
What: Breaking the Line: A Panel Discussion
When: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Harriet Tubman Theater, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The discussion will be moderated by Samuel Freedman, New York Times columnist and author of Breaking The Line, which is about black college football and the Civil Rights struggle during the late 1960s. A book signing ofBreaking The Line immediately follows the lecture. This lecture is presented in collaboration with the Cincinnati Bengals and Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Cincinnati Bengals Kick Off The 2013 Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Collection
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Unites States Marine Corps Reserves are teaming up again for the Annual Toys for Tots Collection on Sunday, December 8th before the Bengals/Indianapolis Colts game at Paul Brown Stadium. U.S. Marine Corps Reserves will be at all entrances to Paul Brown Stadium with Mobile Storage Depot Containers to collect new, unwrapped toys and cash donations. All contributions benefit the less fortunate children in our community.
The Cincinnati Bengals have hosted this event for over 25 years and Bengals fans are always very generous. More than 50,000 children in the 8 county Tri-State area will benefit from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Collection.
Every contribution makes a huge difference. We hope every Bengals fan will support this years Toys for Tots collection by bringing a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation to the Bengals/Colts game on Sunday, December 8th.
I was emailed this video over the weekend….it shows you what Cincinnati Childrens' Hospital is all about. I'll never forget a conversation I had with a friend, shortly after Casey's AML leukemia diagnosis over 10 years ago. He said, "No parent ever wants their child to be in the hospital, but if they have to be, there is no better place than Cincinnati Children's Hospital." He could not have been more correct. Casey spent many weeks and months at Children's. He received chemo/radiation and his bone marrow transplant at Children's. During the times we were scared and seeking answers, to the joy of good news, the staff at Children's was there for us. We will never forget the staff, from the doctors and nurses, to the head of the kid's playroom and director of the bone marrow transplant team.