Cincinnati Bearcats football

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Cincinnati Bearcats football
2014 Cincinnati Bearcats football team
Cincinnati Bearcats.svg
First season 1885
Athletic director Mike Bohn
Head coach Tommy Tuberville
2nd year, 9–4  (.692)
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
Stadium capacity 35,097[1]
Stadium surface UBU Sports' Speed Series S5-M
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
Conference American Athletic Conference (2013-)
Past conferences

Big East Conference

Conference USA
Missouri Valley
Mid-American Conference
Buckeye Athletic Association
Ohio Athletic Conference
All-time record 580–558–51 (.509)
Postseason bowl record 8–6 (.571)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 12
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 3
Current uniform

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 American Athletic 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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Conference championships[edit]

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
2012 § Big East Conference Butch Jones 10–3
Conference Titles 12

§ – Conference co-champions

Rivalry games[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

The Bearcats have participated in 15 bowl games, with a record of 8–7.[4]

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
2012 Belk Bowl Cincinnati 48 Duke 34
2013 Belk Bowl North Carolina 39 Cincinnati 17

Current NFL/CFL/AFL players[edit]

Name Position Team
Connor Barwin Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
Armon Binns Wide receiver Miami Dolphins
Brent Celek Tight End Philadelphia Eagles
Trent Cole Defensive End Philadelphia Eagles
Mardy Gilyard Wide receiver Montreal Alouettes
Vidal Hazelton Wide receiver New York Jets
Kevin Huber Punter Cincinnati Bengals
John Hughes Defensive tackle Cleveland Browns
Jason Kelce Center Philadelphia Eagles
Travis Kelce Tight End Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Linkenbach Offensive tackle Kansas City Chiefs
Ricardo Mathews Defensive End Indianapolis Colts
Haruki Nakamura Safety Carolina Panthers
Isaiah Pead Running back St. Louis Rams
Adrien Robinson Tight End New York Giants
J.K. Schaffer Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
Kenbrell Thompkins Wide Receiver New England Patriots
Mike Windt Long snapper San Diego Chargers
George Winn Running back Dallas Cowboys
Derek Wolfe Defensive End Denver Broncos
D. J. Woods Wide Receiver Ottawa RedBlacks
Brendon Kay Quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers
Nick Davila Quarterback Arizona Rattlers
Dominick Goodman Wide Receiver Cleveland Gladiators
Zach Collaros Quarterback Hamilton Tiger-Cats


Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position (Year Joined)
Years at Cincinnati
Alma Mater
Tommy Tuberville Head coach (2013) 1 Southern Arkansas
Eddie Gran Offensive Coordinator (2013) 1 Cal Lutheran
Hank Hughes Co-Defensive coordinator (2014) 0 Springfield
Robert Prunty Associate Head Coach/Co-Defensive coordinator/Defensive Line (2013) 1 Alabama A&M
Steve Clinkscale Defensive Backs (2013) 1 Ashland University
Darren Hiller Offensive line (2013) 1 West Texas A&M
Darin Hinshaw Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2013) 1 UCF
Jeff Koonz Safeties (2014) 0 Texas
Blake Rolan Wide Receivers (2013) 1 Louisville
Marc Nudelberg Tight Ends (2014) 1 Fla. St.
Joe Walker Head Strength & Conditioning Coach (2013) 1 Lock Haven
Orlando Smith Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (2013) 1 Cincinnati

Notable former coaches for Cincinnati[edit]

Name Position Years at Cincinnati Current Team
John Harbaugh Special teams coordinator 1989-1996 Baltimore Ravens
Rex Ryan Defensive coordinator 1996-1997 New York Jets
Jimbo Fisher Quarterbacks coach 1999 Florida State Seminoles
Mike Tomlin Defensive backs coach 1999-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark Dantonio Head coach 2004-2006 Michigan State Spartans
Brian Kelly Head coach 2007-2009 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Butch Jones Head coach 2010-2012 Tennessee Volunteers

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Toledo Alabama A&M at Purdue at Michigan Miami (OH) at Ohio State at Nebraska
Miami (OH) at Miami (OH) Miami (OH) at Miami (OH) Ohio at Miami (OH) Miami (OH)
at Ohio State Miami (FL) BYU at Boise St at Ohio
at Miami (FL) at BYU Boise St



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  2. ^ a b c [1],
  3. ^ [2],
  4. ^ Cincinnati Bowl History. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Bearcats in the NFL". Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
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  7. ^ "Cincinnati Bearcats Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 

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