Post practice comments from college head coaches can at times get lost along all the talk about certain players or parts of a practice. That may have been the case recently when Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville placed his team on notice he may not be happy with some of the team's production on the field.
In what has been for the most part an uneventful preseason camp, Tuberville stressed at the end of his comments to reporters there was no place for guys to ride their past production or the early press clippings that have some players considered as some of the top players in the college game.
The 2015 season is just around the corner and the Bearcats are finishing up at Camp Higher Ground before returning to campus for their final preseason scrimmage and prep work for their season and home opener against Alabama A&M at a newly renovated Nippert Stadium.
With a handful of talented true freshmen making waves at camp, Tuberville not only put those with starting positions on notice, but those who are considered to be key back-ups in what could be a season where the Bearcats fight for a conference title in the American Athletic Conference and better bowl placement.
Last seasons dismal performance from the defense will not be tolerated as Tuberville made changes to his coaching staff putting Steve Clinkscale and Robert Prunty in charge of a Bearcats defense that gave up way too many yards and points to win key games when needed.
With pieces coming together defensively the Bearcats looked improved early in their first scrimmage this past Saturday. But Tuberville has been around the college game enough to know more is needed for this team to reach the expectations he's got for the team and program.