Cincinnati Bearcats football
|Cincinnati Bearcats football|
|Athletic director||Mike Bohn|
|Head coach||Tommy Tuberville
4th year, 25–14 (.641)
|Field surface||UBU Sports' Speed Series S5-M|
|Past conferences||Big East
Buckeye Athletic Association
Ohio Athletic Conference
|All-time record||595–570–51 (.510)|
|Bowl record||8–9 (.471)|
|Conference titles||14 (BAA: 2, MAC: 4, MVC: 2, C-USA: 1, Big East: 4, AAC: 1)|
|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 American Athletic Conference, and have played their home games in historic Nippert Stadium since 1924. As of September 7, 2015, the Bearcats have gone 76–29 since 2007, while also winning five conference titles and earning two BCS Bowl berths in the same span, making them one of college football's fastest-rising programs. They have also earned a bowl berth every year, with only one exception (2010) since the 2006 season.
- 1 History
- 2 Top 16 FBS records, since 2007
- 3 Conference championships
- 4 Bowl games
- 5 Season-by-season results (1995–present)
- 6 Nippert Stadium
- 7 Rivalry games
- 8 Future non-conference opponents
- 9 Current NFL/CFL Players
- 10 Notable former coaches for Cincinnati
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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.
Since its entry into the former Big East Conference in 2005, Cincinnati football has enjoyed a level of extended success unprecedented in program history. The Bearcats have compiled the 10th best cumulative record among all FBS programs dating back to the 2007 season. The program has also either won outright or shared five conference championships in the last seven years and reached a bowl game every year, with only one exception, since 2006.
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.
Top 16 FBS records, since 2007
As of January 3, 2016 
|1933 §||Buckeye Athletic Association||Dana M. King|
|1934||Buckeye Athletic Association||Dana M. King|
|1947||Mid-American Conference||Ray Nolting|
|1949||Mid-American Conference||Sid Gillman|
|1951||Mid-American Conference||Sid Gillman|
|1952||Mid-American Conference||Sid Gillman|
|1963 §||Missouri Valley Conference||Chuck Studley|
|1964||Missouri Valley Conference||Chuck Studley|
|2002 §||Conference USA||Rick Minter|
|2008||Big East Conference||Brian Kelly|
|2009||Big East Conference||Brian Kelly|
|2011 §||Big East Conference||Butch Jones|
|2012 §||Big East Conference||Butch Jones|
|2014 §||American Athletic Conference||Tommy Tuberville|
|14 Conference Titles|
§ – Conference co-champions
|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|
|2012 Belk Bowl||Cincinnati||48||Duke||34|
|2013 Belk Bowl||North Carolina||39||Cincinnati||17|
|2014 Military Bowl||Virginia Tech||33||Cincinnati||17|
|2015 Hawaii Bowl||San Diego State||42||Cincinnati||7|
Season-by-season results (1995–present)
|Conference Champions||Bowl game berth|
|Season||Coach(es)||Conference||Conference finish||Record||Bowl/Postseason||AP Poll Final Ranking||Average Home Attendance||Average Away Attendance|
|1997||Rick Minter||C-USA||4th||8||4||—||Won 1997 Humanitarian Bowl vs. Utah State, 35-19 (Attendance: 16289)||—||—||—|
|2000||Rick Minter||C-USA||2nd||7||5||—||Lost 2000 Motor City Bowl vs. Marshall, 14-25 (Attendance: 52911)||—||22235||27576|
|2001||Rick Minter||C-USA||2nd||7||5||—||Lost 2001 Motor City Bowl vs. Toledo, 14-26 (Attendance: 44164)||—||23055||21822|
|2002||Rick Minter||C-USA||Tied-1st||7||7||—||Lost 2002 New Orleans Bowl vs. North Texas, 19-24 (Attendance: 19024)||—||28071||26195|
|2004||Mark Dantonio||C-USA||2nd||7||5||—||Won 2004 Fort Worth Bowl vs. Marshall, 32-14 (Attendance: 27902)||—||21255||44380|
|2005||Mark Dantonio||Big East||Tied-6th||4||7||—||—||22663||36072|
|2006||Mark Dantonio||Big East||Tied-4th||8||5||—||Won 2007 International Bowl vs. Western Michigan, 27-24 (Attendance: 26717)||—||30373||61484|
|2007||Brian Kelly||Big East||Tied-3rd||10||3||—||Won 2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl vs. Southern Mississippi, 31-21 (Attendance: 35258)||17||30246||35280|
|2008||Brian Kelly||Big East||1st||11||3||—||Lost 2009 Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech, 7-20 (Attendance: 73602)||17||31965||44120|
|2009||Brian Kelly||Big East||1st||12||1||—||Lost 2010 Sugar Bowl vs. Florida, 24-51 (Attendance: 65207)||8||33957||46717|
|2010||Butch Jones||Big East||7th||4||8||—||—||35064||48974|
|2011||Butch Jones||Big East||Tied-1st||10||3||—||Won 2011 Liberty Bowl vs. Vanderbilt, 31-24 (Attendance: 57103)||25||32293||48305|
|2012||Butch Jones||Big East||Tied-1st||10||3||—||Won 2012 Belk Bowl vs. Duke, 48-34 (Attendance: 48128)||RV||29138||35345|
|2013||Tommy Tuberville||AAC||3rd||9||4||—||Lost 2013 Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina, 17-39 (Attendance: 45211)||RV||31770||29835|
|2014||Tommy Tuberville||AAC||Tied-1st||9||4||—||Lost 2014 Military Bowl vs. Virginia Tech, 17-33 (Attendance: 34277)||—||28719||39866|
|2015||Tommy Tuberville||AAC (East)||3rd||7||6||—||Lost 2015 Hawaii Bowl vs. San Diego State, 42-7 (Attendance: 22793)||-||37096||29835|
|Total||599||574||50||(Through 2015 Season)|
Nippert Stadium has been home to the Bearcats football team in rudimentary form since 1901, and as a complete stadium since 1924, making it the fourth oldest playing site and fifth oldest stadium in college football. Nippert has earned a reputation as a tough place to play. One national columnist, visiting the sold-out Keg of Nails rivalry game in 2013, described Nippert Stadium as a "quaint bowl of angry noise sitting under the gaze of remarkable architecture" and went on to compare it to a "baby Death Valley" (referring to LSU's notoriously intimidating Tiger Stadium). In 2012, USA Today called Nippert Stadium the best football venue in what was then the Big East Conference. UC boasted a 14-game home winning streak at Nippert, during a stretch dating from 2008-2010. The stadium received an $86 million renovation for the 2015 season, which was completed just in time for the Bearcats home opener on September 5. The Bearcats played their 2014 home games at Paul Brown Stadium.
- Keg of Nails, Louisville Cardinals
- River City Rivalry, Pittsburgh Panthers
- Victory Bell, Miami RedHawks
Future non-conference opponents
Announced schedules as of October 22, 2015
|UT Martin||Austin Peay||at UCLA||UCLA||at Nebraska||at Indiana||Indiana||at Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Nebraska|
|at Purdue||at Miami (OH)||Ohio||at Ohio State||Miami (OH)||at Ohio||at Boise State||Boise State|
|Miami (OH)||at Michigan||Miami (OH)||at Miami (OH)|
Current NFL/CFL Players
- PS Indicate player is on practice squad
Pro Bowl selections
|3||Elbie Nickel||TE||Steelers: 1952,1953,1956|
|2||Trent Cole||DE||Eagles: 2007,2009|
|1||Connor Barwin||LB||Eagles: 2014|
|1||Kevin Huber||P||Bengals: 2014|
|1||Jason Kelce||C||Eagles: 2014|
|1||Travis Kelce||TE||Chiefs: 2015|
Notable former coaches for Cincinnati
|Name||Position with Cincinnati||Years at Cincinnati||Current Team|
|Sid Gillman||Head Coach||1949-1954||N/A|
|John Harbaugh||Special teams coordinator||1989-1996||Baltimore Ravens|
|Rex Ryan||Defensive coordinator||1996-1997||Buffalo Bills|
|Jimbo Fisher||Quarterbacks coach||1999||Florida State|
|Mike Tomlin||Defensive backs coach||1999-2000||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Mark Dantonio||Head coach||2004-2006||Michigan State|
|Pat Narduzzi||Defensive Coordinator||2004-2006||Pittsburgh|
|Brian Kelly||Head coach||2007-2009||Notre Dame|
|Butch Jones||Head coach||2010-2012||Tennessee|
- CollegeGridirons.com. "Nippert Stadium". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
- UC Branding Standards (PDF). 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
- College Football Team Win Trends - All Games, Since 2007
- Cincinnati Bowl History. Gobearcats.com. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- Cincinnati Bearcats Index. Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
- Cincinnati Coaching Records. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- Year-by-Year Records . Gobearcats.com. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
- Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
- ncaa.org. "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-09-10.
- December 2013 "The Keg of Nails, where getting out is half the battle" Check
- August 2012 "USA Today Names Nippert Stadium Best in Big East" Check
- "Cincinnati Bearcats Football Schedules and Future Schedules". FBSchedules.com. fbschedules.com. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
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