Cincinnati Bearcats

About Cincinnati Bearcats

The Cincinnati Bearcats football program is one of the oldest in the United States, with a history dating back to 1885. Over the years, Cincinnati have enjoyed substantial success on the field. They have also produced three consensus All-Americans and almost one hundred former Bearcats have gone on to play pro football. Their main rivals include the Louisville Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Miami Redhawks. The rivalry with the Redhawks is one of the oldest in college football, dating back to 1888.

One of the team's golden eras came during the late 1940s and early 1950s, with College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Sid Gillman, serving as head coach. Gillman guided the team to three Mid-American Athletic Conference Championships, with those wins coming in 1949, 1951 and 1952. In addition, during Gillman's spell in charge, the Bearcats made two appearances in bowl games.

Altogether, Cincinnati have amassed twelve Conference Titles. This includes four wins in the Mid-American Athletic Conference and four wins in the Big East Conference. Since the turn of the millennium, they have claimed Conference Championships in 2002, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. The Bearcats have made a total of sixteen appearances in post-season bowl games and currently have an 8-6 record in them.

The list of notable Bearcats alumni includes names like Greg Cook, Jim O'Brien and Trent Cole. All three went on to compete in the National Football League, with Jim O'Brien kicking a winning field goal in the last five seconds of the game at Super Bowl V.

Cincinnati play their home games at Nippert Stadium, which is one of college football's oldest venues, having first opened in rudimentary form...

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