Bearcats Prepare For First Game Since Tragedy

The Cincinnati Bearcats take the field on Saturday with a new perspective of what it means to be a family

The University of Cincinnati has been through a lot this past week after hearing the news of Ben Flick and it is something that no university or football team should have to go through. It was a sad moment for everyone involved and will take time to heal. However there is still a football season and this week the Bearcats are set to prepare for South Florida. This game marks the first since the passing of Flick and will lay heavily in the hearts of the Bearcat players on Saturday. Coach Tommy Tuberville knows that it won't be easy.

"It's tough, it's a tragedy. You know here one day and gone the next," said Tuberville. "When you take these young guys and they go through something like this its different."

Their is no doubt that football is just a game but sports have shown that they can be a way to honor and remember those that have been lost. I don't mean by wins or losses, but rather by simply taking the field. The season must go on and UC will stand united on Saturday because that is what Flick would want them to do. He loved being a part of Cincinnati football and you can bet he will be watching on Saturday.

"You know Ben was like a big teddy bear," said Tuberville. "He was growing up and learning from his teammates and unfortunately he's not going to be able to learn anymore."

Everyone who is a part of the Bearcat Family is saddened by the loss of Flick. He was a great young man who will be missed dearly by everyone he knew. The Cincinnati Bearcats football team are joined together now more than ever and Coach Tuberville says they will carry Ben Flick with them the rest of the season."

"We will have his number and name on the helmet."

The Bearcats will play at 7 p.m. against South Florida on Saturday as they honor their teammate. Time heals all and this team has a strong group of individuals who are willing to let this season take its course. The football team must move on but never forget their teammate. It will be an emotional day on Saturday as the bearcats look to extend their winning streak and improve to 4-1 on the year.

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