Don't Count The Cat's Out Just Yet

Tyler TottenContributor IJanuary 5, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:   Head coach Urban Meyer (R) of the Florida Gators talks with Interim head coach Jeff Quinn of the Cincinnati Bearcats after the Gators defeated the Bearcats 24-51 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bearcats football team is coming off the best season in school history with a 12-1 record with their only loss coming to the defending national champion Florida Gators in the 2010 BCS Sugar Bowl.  Prior to being defeated on New Years day  for the second time in as many years, the Bearcats had put together a perfect 12-0 record ranking them as high as 3 in the latest BCS standings.  The wins came in many different margins ranging from a 70-3 victory over Southeast Missouri State to a 1 point 45-44 victory over rival Pittsburgh in the Big East Championship game.  However, even with a 12-0 perfect regular season record the program still had it's struggles to deal with.  They dealt with injury, struggle to sell out the smallest stadium in the conference and a head coach that bolted when his dream job called.  The team still had many doubters around the nation but in the city as well.  They automatically wrote their team off when they heard Florida would be the opponent to open up the new year.  When Florida Head Coach, Urban Meyer, resigned from his position only days before the contest it gave hope to the doubters in Cincinnati thinking it may become a distraction to the highly talented Gators.  But when the time came to play on a national stage in the school's second BCS game, they all but showed up to play.  The Bearcats were starstruck for lack of better words and did not play well, that's all there is to it.  But don't count them out just yet.  The University went to work right away and went out and got a new head coach in Butch Jones who will look to put in over time hours in the off season to put his team in a 3rd straight BCS game.  With 2 BCS games and 2 Big East Championships in 2 years it only helps the University.  With an indoor practice bubble currently being built and the football on the rise more and more student athletes will want to be a Bearcat when signing day comes, that's why you can't count them out just yet.  In the upcoming years The University of Cincinnati will not be a stepping stone to something better for coaches, but will be the something better coaches are stepping to.