Cincinnati called for rare technical foul against Harvard

Mick CroninThe 2013-2014 season came to a disappointing end for Cincinnati on Thursday as the 5th-seeded Bearcats were upset by 12th-seeded Harvard in their first game of the NCAA Tournament. Mick Cronin’s team lost the lead roughly five minutes into the game and never got it back. A bizarre technical foul early on didn’t help.

With Harvard leading 12-6 at the first TV timeout in the opening half, Cronin brought junior forward Jermaine Sanders into the game. The Bearcats were immediately called for a technical foul and Harvard was given two free throws.

As Sam Cooper of The Dagger explained, the person who filled out Cincinnati’s scorebook forgot to include Sanders on the team roster. That error results in an administrative technical foul if the player enters the game.

Harvard’s Siyani Chambers knocked down one of two free throws, so we’re certainly not going to say the technical cost Cincinnati the game. The Bearcats went on to lose 61-57 and were essentially outplayed throughout the entire contest. Still, that’s not going to make Cronin happy. You certainly don’t want to show up to a tournament game unprepared.

Cincinnati commits say Tommy Tuberville pulled their offers without telling them

Tommy-Tuberville-Texas-TechEver since he shocked the college football world by abruptly leaving Texas Tech to accept the head coaching position at Cincinnati, stories have surfaced about Tommy Tuberville that paint him as cold and heartless. That theme continued earlier this week when two Cincinnati recruits claimed Tuberville pulled their scholarship offers without informing them.

Demetrius Monday, a three-star cornerback who verbally committed to the Bearcats last summer, said he has begun exploring other options after not hearing from Tuberville for a month. Monday’s father, Bryant, said he contacted the university this week to find out what was going on and was told to “look other places.”

“I think it’s messed up,” Bryant Monday told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Thursday. “You wait until a few weeks before signing day to say something? They could have told us a month ago. Now we’re left with less than a month until signing day to figure something out. He had other scholarship offers but he hasn’t talked to those coaches in six months since he committed to Cincinnati on July 25. It’s really disappointing.”

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Recruit: Tommy Tuberville left us in the middle of dinner to take Cincinnati job

Tommy-Tuberville-Texas-TechTommy Tuberville’s decision to leave Texas Tech for Cincinnati over the weekend took the college football world by surprise, but one particular group of young men were reportedly left scratching their heads more than the average person. One Texas Tech recruit, a prospective transfer named Devonte Danzey who played at Hutchinson Community College last season, says Tuberville left abruptly in the middle of a dinner with recruits on Friday and never returned.

Danzey told TexasTech.247Sports.com that he asked Tuberville and the Texas Tech coaches how long they intended to remain at Texas Tech, which he says is a question he asked other coaches during recruiting visits as well. Tuberville supposedly danced around the question and disappeared shortly thereafter.

“I asked Coach (Charlie) Weis at KU and Coach (Dana) Holgorsen at West Virginia (the same question), just so I know my relationship with them,” Danzey explained. “(Tuberville) was just telling me he coached at Miami and Auburn, he coached 10 years and recruited Ray Lewis and kind of blew the question off I didn’t even realize.

“The waitress brought our food out, and we thought (Tuberville) went to the bathroom, but he never came back to dinner. Then next thing I know, the next day, he made an announcement that he’s going to Cincinnati.”

Danzey said the recruits were supposed to take a tour of the campus with Tuberville the following morning, but offensive line coach Chris Thomsen showed up to break the news that Tuberville had accepted a head coaching position at Cincinnati.

“Everybody was going crazy,” Danzey said. “The players were shocked, too. We still had a good time at night, but it was crazy how he just got up and left out of nowhere and left people in the dark and in the shadow.”

There are always going to be people who are hurt by a coach suddenly leaving, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about things. If Danzey’s story about the recruiting dinner is true, Tuberville certainly didn’t handle the situation as well as he should have.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Video: Xavier and Cincinnati Fight Ends Game Early

The Musketeers and Bearcats took the court on Saturday with every intention of proving who the better college team was in the city of Cincinnati. Little did we know, basketball would not be enough to settle the score. Xavier blew Cincinnati out, 76-53, but the big story was a brawl broke out that resulted in the game being called with 9.4 seconds left. Here is the Xavier-Cincinnati fight video:

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Cincinnati Bearcat Mascot Arrested for Throwing Snowballs (Video)

If you think the Oregon Duck doing The Dougie was unique, you’ll love what the Cincinnati Bearcats mascot had in store for fans on Saturday during the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game.  At first glance, you might think this is a joke.  Why wouldn’t you?  A mascot — in costume — being restrained and arrested?  It’s pretty hard to believe, but it happened.  Check out the Cincinnati Bearcat mascot arrest video via YouTube user wingedhelmet13:

According to an AP report, the mascot was cited for disorderly conduct after throwing snowballs into the stands.  He was allegedly told to stop throwing snowballs before pushing a security guard and knocking him over.  The mascot was then arrested and cited and a backup mascot took over his duties for the second half.  Yes, seriously.

P.S. — How about the girl with the “you guys should stop recording this it’s not that funny.” Is she serious? Apparently she has no appreciation for capturing a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.