Bearcat Nation Takes Over Big Easy

There was no question who was in control of New Orleans on Thursday as both Florida and the University of Cincinnati held pep rally events prior to their Sugar Bowl match-up. With more fans at the Bearcats pep rally than at some former opening night games, Bearcat Nation showed up in force ready to cheer every word that came out of Interim Head Coach Jeff Quinn's mouth.

Make no mistake about it, the University of Cincinnati can put to rest the talk about how they don't travel to bowl games. Sugar Bowl officials along with the many businesses in New Orleans are feeling the power of Bearcat Nation as fans flock to the Big Easy looking to cheer home a "Perfect Season" on Friday night.

The day was full of talk as fans of both teams walked the streets. Both teams took their turns to get short walk-through done and looked forward to the final steps of getting ready for the game many fans have came to see.

But while many saw fans walking the streets, it wasn't until mid-afternoon that fans came together forming a bigger crowd than what watched the Bearcats home-opener just a few years ago.

With the band and Dan Hoard taking the stage fans knew it was time to put away all the talk and cheer for the several seniors who came with Coach Quinn for the event. But like many times in the past, Mardy Gilyard stole the show when he took over the microphone getting the crowd into a frenzy.

Jokes were made about Tim Tebow but overall the mood was a positive one. While talk has been abound about the Bearcats wearing special helmets, Bearcat Insider has learned there is a very good chance that a white helmet with the C-Paw and scratches down the center could be worn on Friday.

An all-white effect is what the Bearcats are going for and many I've talked with feel the look will excited fans who've become accustomed with the black C-pay helmet.

While the New Year will bring in a major change to the Bearcats football program, the future is bright as fans, administration and coaches feel the program has jumped one of the biggest hurdles they've ever faced, fan support.

While fans will be out late enjoying the many foods and drinks, players will finish with position meetings and team dinner before heading to bed. Play time is over and Friday brings game day and the chance to set history.

Bearcat Insider is here in New Orleans and will have a full report on the Sugar Bowl for fans who couldn't make the game.

It's been a blast catching up with the many parents who've made Bearcat Insider grow over the years. Without your support this site wouldn't be happening and making the trip to New Orleans for such a big game would be out of the question.

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