Do you have "Cat Scratch Fever"? I hope you're starting to get use to my rants and raves about Bearcat athletics and other items in college athletics. Here is my latest addition of Cat Scratch.


Don't ask Bearcat Baseball Coach Brian Cleary if a week makes a difference. The coach would have to say "Yes". His Bearcats started off dropping their first three games in week one of the season, only to bounce back and take three from Duke on their home field.

Tony Maynard (Sr. Covington Catholic) was the top performer in game one. By throwing for 7.2 innings, Maynard held Duke to 11 hits and only 1 run.

In game two, the Bearcats got into a slugfest and battled Duke to a 14-13 victory. Jon DeLuca (Jr. Bishop Watterson) and Jack Nelson (Jr. Wheaton-Warrenville South) both collected three hits and knocked in three runs to power the Bearcats attack.

For game three, the Bearcats received a great performance from true freshman Sean Munninghoff. The freshman from Anderson High School, pitched 5 innings and gave up only 1 run as the Bearcats defeated Duke for the sweep 6-3.


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There for a minute, it didn't look good for the lady Bearcats making the C-USA Tournament. But back-to-back wins have helped them get into position for the tournament that will be held in Charlotte, N.C. on March 3-6.

The ladies close their regular season on Friday night at rival Louisville.


That is what Cat Scratch is becoming for Jo Young. While this is the 5th issue of Cat Scratch, Young has made it a practice to be mentioned each week. This weekend she did it again. Competing at the Scarlet & Gray Invitational, Young won the shot put crown with a throw of 48' 7-1/4". The mark was her second best for the season.


Renee Hein won her fourth individual high jump title at the Scarlet & Gray Invitational. With a jump of 5'7".

The track team is preparing for the Conference USA Championships that will be held at Yeoman Fieldhouse in Houston.


While the Bearcats are still in winter workouts, the sound of pads hitting will soon fill the air at Nippert Stadium. Spring practice is set to start on Tuesday March 29th, and end with the spring game on Saturday April 23rd.

Bearcat Insider will be there in force. And were also looking at doing a live remote from UC that day. Stay tuned for more information as it's released.


The BCI Message Boards are staring to see our Big East counterparts come aboard. Let's get as many Bearcats fans on this site to help defend the Red & Black. To join the message board is free.


Bearcat fans please welcome two new UC Volleyball assistant coaches.

Steve Aird has been named to Coach Sunahara's staff. Aird, a former assistant at Auburn, will be in charge of recruiting and all phases of the Bearcat program.

A native of Canada, Aird was a two-time captain at Penn State University.

Also making a return trip to Bearcat land is former Bearcat volleyball player Chrissy Smith.

Smith is a 1998 graduate of UC and brings great experience back to campus after serving a three year stint at Northern Illinois University.

Look for more coverage of Bearcat volleyball when the season comes around this fall.


The Bearcats tennis team has seen a tough road during the past week. Losing their last four matches, the Bearcats saw Eastern Michigan, Auburn, Denver and Minnesota overpower them.

Denver is ranked #45 and Auburn is ranked #71.

Their next match is Friday against Bowling Green.


Bearcat Insider wishes the swimming team's good luck as they compete at the C-USA Championships over the next few days.


While BCI was covering Bearcat Football, the other football team was busy signing their top recruits. And just like the men, the Bearcat coaches will welcome some local talent to campus next fall.

Jennifer Johannigman, Chelsea Kindschuh and Kimberly Sykes followed their heart and will stay home to help the soccer program.

Johanningman is a two time All-Greater Cincinnati League member from Seton High School. Kindschuh comes from Lakota East High School and is also a top performer for Ohio South State of the Olympic Development Program. Sykes hails from Sycamore and was voted her teams MVP while earning First-Team All-Greater Miami Conference three times in her career.

Joining these three top prospects are Brittney Hansen, Kristin May, Lindsey Noteboom, Nicole Sanda and Teresa Smolilo.

Coming off a 4-14-0 mark for the 2004 season, the program should see a nice improvement from the help of these fine student athletes.

While the main season is in the fall, the Bearcats will be taking the field on Saturday in Columbus for an 7 on 7 Indoor Tournament and then have four other matches coming in April.


Jeremiah Gallegos from the men's soccer program was drafted in the fourth round of the MLS Supplemental Draft on February 4th by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He will join former Bearcat Josh Gardner in Los Angeles and becomes only the second Bearcat soccer player drafted by an MLS team.

Gardner was drafted in the second round of last season's draft.


Well it looks like Part 1 of my look at the UC quarterbacks has started some serious talk among fans. Look for Part 2 this week. But the main topic of conversation has seen some fans talking about players not getting a chance to compete because they weren't recruited by Coach Dantonio.

Now ask yourself this question. If you're a college coach. You know a player is going to help you win more games and earn a bowl berth. But he wasn't recruited by you. Do you, Play him and have a great season? Or sit him on the bench and lose games and a bowl berth?

If you answered 2, I'm glad you're not the head coach at UC. Coach Dantonio and his staff are going to play the best player who will help his team win games. His job and the jobs of his assistant coaches are on the line. Remember, college coaches are hired to be fired.


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The Bearcat Insider Magazine is in the works. The first issue will be released in April and you're going to love it. This is not a newspaper. It's a full color glossy magazine with color photos and great feature stories.

Were working on bringing you more video content. These will be shots from practice and also interviews with coaches and players. So stay tuned for more on this. You will have to be a member of Bearcat Insider Total Access to view this content.

CHAT!!!!!!! Keep eyes out for us doing some chats. With spring practice just around the corner, and both the C-USA and NCAA tournaments headed the Bearcats way, we will be doing some chats over on the message boards. So don't miss out.


Ok, so you had enough of me talking about UC athletics. So I will end it now and leave you with this thought.

When was the last time you came to the Bearcats Spring Game? Let us know over on the Football Board. Tell us why you don't or do come. And if you don't, what will it take to get you to show up and support Bearcat Football?

Until next week, Go Bearcats!!!!!!



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