Cincinnati Bearcats football

Cincinnati Bearcats football
2016 Cincinnati Bearcats football team
First season 1885
Athletic director Mike Bohn
Head coach Vacant
Stadium Nippert Stadium
Seating capacity 40,000[1]
Field surface UBU Sports' Speed Series S5-M
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
Conference The American
Division East
Past conferences Big East
Conference USA
Missouri Valley
Mid-American Conference
Buckeye Athletic Association
Ohio Athletic Conference
All-time record 59557051 (.510)
Bowl record 89 (.471)
Conference titles 14 (BAA: 2, MAC: 4, MVC: 2, C-USA: 1, Big East: 4, AAC: 1)
Consensus All-Americans 3
Current uniform
Colors Black and Red[2]
Fight song "Cheer Cincinnati"
Mascot Bearcat
Marching band University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands
Outfitter Under Armour
Rivals Louisville Cardinals
Miami Redhawks
Pittsburgh Panthers
West Virginia Mountaineers

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.


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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Conference championships

Year Conference Coach
1933 §Buckeye Athletic AssociationDana M. King
1934Buckeye Athletic AssociationDana M. King
1947Mid-American ConferenceRay Nolting
1949Mid-American ConferenceSid Gillman
1951Mid-American ConferenceSid Gillman
1952Mid-American ConferenceSid Gillman
1963 §Missouri Valley ConferenceChuck Studley
1964Missouri Valley ConferenceChuck Studley
2002 §Conference USARick Minter
2008Big East ConferenceBrian Kelly
2009Big East ConferenceBrian Kelly
2011 §Big East ConferenceButch Jones
2012 §Big East ConferenceButch Jones
2014 §American Athletic ConferenceTommy Tuberville
14 Conference Titles

§ – Conference co-champions

Bowl games

The Bearcats have participated in 17 bowl games, with a record of 8–9.[5]

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
2014 Military Bowl Virginia Tech 33 Cincinnati 17
2015 Hawaii Bowl San Diego State 42 Cincinnati 7

Season-by-season results (1995–present)

For the entire season-by-season results, see List of Cincinnati Bearcats football seasons.
Conference Champions Bowl game berth
Season Coach(es)[6][7] Conference Conference finish Record[6][8] Bowl/Postseason AP Poll Final Ranking Average Home Attendance Average Away Attendance
Wins Losses Ties
[A 1]
1995Rick MinterInd650
1996Rick MinterC-USA3rd65
1997Rick MinterC-USA4th84Won 1997 Humanitarian Bowl vs. Utah State, 35-19 (Attendance: 16289)
1998Rick MinterC-USA7th29
1999Rick MinterC-USA9th38
2000Rick MinterC-USA2nd75Lost 2000 Motor City Bowl vs. Marshall, 14-25 (Attendance: 52911)2223527576
2001Rick MinterC-USA2nd75Lost 2001 Motor City Bowl vs. Toledo, 14-26 (Attendance: 44164)2305521822
2002Rick MinterC-USATied-1st77Lost 2002 New Orleans Bowl vs. North Texas, 19-24 (Attendance: 19024)2807126195
2003Rick MinterC-USA9th572182734905
2004Mark DantonioC-USA2nd75Won 2004 Fort Worth Bowl vs. Marshall, 32-14 (Attendance: 27902)2125544380
2005Mark DantonioBig EastTied-6th472266336072
2006Mark Dantonio Big EastTied-4th85Won 2007 International Bowl vs. Western Michigan, 27-24 (Attendance: 26717)3037361484
2007Brian Kelly Big EastTied-3rd103Won 2007 Bowl vs. Southern Mississippi, 31-21 (Attendance: 35258)173024635280
2008Brian Kelly Big East1st113Lost 2009 Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech, 7-20 (Attendance: 73602)173196544120
2009Brian KellyBig East1st121Lost 2010 Sugar Bowl vs. Florida, 24-51 (Attendance: 65207)83395746717
2010Butch JonesBig East7th483506448974
2011Butch JonesBig EastTied-1st103Won 2011 Liberty Bowl vs. Vanderbilt, 31-24 (Attendance: 57103)253229348305
2012Butch JonesBig EastTied-1st103Won 2012 Belk Bowl vs. Duke, 48-34 (Attendance: 48128)RV2913835345
2013Tommy TubervilleAAC3rd94Lost 2013 Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina, 17-39 (Attendance: 45211)RV3177029835
2014Tommy TubervilleAACTied-1st94Lost 2014 Military Bowl vs. Virginia Tech, 17-33 (Attendance: 34277) 2871939866
2015Tommy TubervilleAAC (East)3rd76Lost 2015 Hawaii Bowl vs. San Diego State, 42-7 (Attendance: 22793)-3709629835
Total 599[10] 574 50 (Through 2015 Season)

Nippert Stadium

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).[11] In 2012, USA Today called Nippert Stadium the best football venue in what was then the Big East Conference.[12] 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.

Rivalry games

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of October 22, 2015

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
UT Martin Austin Peay at UCLA UCLA at Nebraska at Ohio Indiana at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Nebraska
at Purdue at Miami (OH) Ohio at Ohio State Miami (OH) at Indiana at Boise State Boise State
Miami (OH) at Michigan Miami (OH) at Miami (OH)
BYU Marshall at Marshall


Current NFL/CFL Players


As of 2016 NFL Week 1

Name Position Team
Blake Annen Tight End Buffalo Bills
Connor Barwin Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
Tyreek Burwell Offensive Tackle San Diego Chargers
Brent Celek Tight End Philadelphia Eagles
Trent Cole Outside Linebacker Indianapolis Colts
Parker Ehinger Offensive Lineman Kansas City Chiefs
Johnny Holton Wide Receiver Oakland Raiders
Kevin Huber Punter Cincinnati Bengals
John Hughes Defensive tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jason Kelce Center Philadelphia Eagles
Travis Kelce Tight End Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Linkenbach Offensive Tackle Jacksonville Jaguars
Ricardo Mathews Defensive End Pittsburgh Steelers
Chris Moore Wide Receiver Baltimore Ravens
Justin Murray Offensive Tackle Denver Broncos PS
Isaiah Pead Running Back Miami Dolphins
Kenbrell Thompkins Wide Receiver New York Jets
Mike Windt Long snapper San Diego Chargers
George Winn Running Back Detroit LionsPS
Derek Wolfe Defensive End Denver Broncos


Pro Bowl selections

Selection(s) Name Position Team
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


Name Position Team
Zach Collaros Quarterback Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Vidal Hazelton Wide receiver Toronto Argonauts
Nick Temple Linebacker Winnipeg Blue Bombers


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


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