For the second consecutive year, the Louisville Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Keg of Nails will be following Louisville to the ACC. With the loss, the Bearcats fall to 9-3 to finish the regular season schedule. Although the season ended in a loss to bitter rival Louisville, UC fans should be happy about the season and where the program is headed. It is always tough for a program to have a successful first year under a new head coach. Although the American Athletic Conference offered less competitive opponents than the Big East, the Bearcats ripped through a year filled with adversity on their way to a 9-3 finish. Starting quarterback "Munchie" Legaux was injured early in the season and Brenden Kay stepped in and led the Bearcats the rest of the season. Overcoming a qb injury can be tough enough, but after a win versus Miami (OH), Freshman lineman Ben Flick was killed in a car wreck on the way back to UC.
The future looks bright for UC football. A program that has recently been used as a stepping stone to bigger programs (Brian Kelly to Notre Dame; Butch Jones to Tennessee) finally landed a coach that seems content in Cincinnati. Unlike his predecessors, Tommy Tuberville didn't "step-up" to a bigger program. Brian Kelly and Butch Jones both coached at Central Michigan before coming to Cincinnati. Tuberville has been to the "big-time" schools already in Auburn, Texas Tech, etc.His wife grew up near Cincinnati and still has family nearby. Despite the loss, we're happy to have Tommy Tuberville in town and hope he leads the program to even more success in the future. The program reached its peak with Brian Kelly before he left for Notre Dame, but Tuberville is hoping to bring Cincinnati back to the top.