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Mauk denied sixth year at Cincinnati

Posted on: February 14, 2008 1:10 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2008 4:53 pm

The NCAA just denied Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk a sixth year of eligibility. Typical of the times, though, Mauk is not done pursuing his eligibility for a final year with the Bears.

He intimated that he might be pursuing this from a legal angle. Why not? There's a little thing called a temporary restraining order.

Mauk was the trigger man for the first 10-win at Cincinnati in 50 years. Strangely, Cincinnati based its case on Mauk's 2003 redshirt season at Wake Forest. Mauk missed most of the 2006 season at Wake after injuring his shoulder. He took advantage of a short-lived NCAA rule to transer to Cincinnati without sitting out.

Wake supported Cincinnati's pursuit of a sixth year. This from the Cincinnati press release: "NCAA Bylaw ... states that a redshirt year is considered within the control of the student-athlete and/or institution and does not constitute a missed participation opportunity."

Cincy will be OK. It has Notre Dame transfer Demetrius Jones and a couple of good recruits on the roster.

Why am I writing about Cincinnati? As long as coach Brian Kelly is there, the Bearcats have a chance to go to a BCS bowl in any given year. Forget about Greg Schiano and Tom Bradley, Kelly might be the next coach at Penn State. Which leads me to the next item ...

You've got to read the latest from Happy Valley from one of my favorites, Harrisburg Patriot-News columnist David Jones:

It seems like the winds of change are finally blowing through. It looks like a significant portion of the Penn State trustees would support president if he decided to make a move on Joe Paterno. It seems clear, after reading this, that JoePa is entering his last season. The question is, does Joe go quietly or does he fight it?

It also raises another issue: What is Paterno telling recruits, specifically Terrelle Pryor? The nation's No. 1 player delayed his signing last week, in part, so he could take an official trip to State College. The word is that Paterno told Pryor that his replacement will come from within the staff. That might be news to Spanier and AD Tim Curley who might prefer to go outside for a replacement.

If it's a promotion, expect Tom Bradley to replace Joe (no surprise). Bradley is recruiting his --- off trying ot land Pryor.


Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2008 5:02 pm

Mauk denied sixth year at Cincinnati

I don't need to look up "the archives of Miami football". I've been going to Hurricane games since 1982. Your cherished gators dropped us, Notre Dame dropped up, South Carolina dropped us, Oklahoma dropped us (then dropped us last year but I digress). We've had home and home series with Washington, Penn State, UCLA and the list goes on and on. Check YOUR archives before you speak!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2008 9:19 pm

Mauk denied sixth year at Cincinnati

Just an FYI...

In 2001 Miami defeated 6 teams that finished in the AP top 25. Does that sound like "it helped them cruise through the regular season and claim national titles when only beating a couple of decent teams every year"?

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2008 11:34 am
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Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2008 9:39 am

Mauk denied sixth year at Cincinnati

NIce analysis Pokes. I only want to clarify one thing. The Miami Program had already won 3 National Championships when they joined the Big East in 1990. The established themselves as a national power as an independent. And to steer a little off topic, I think the lack of independent schools has taken NCAA football down a notch. Schools can't schedule anyone and everyone anymore. Miami used to play Cincinnati as well as any national powerhous that had the guts tio schedule a home and home series. Made for great national matchups!

Sorry just remembering the good old days!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2008 10:57 pm

Cincinnati the Next Miami?

The Big East is poised to produce another Miami.   I thought it would be West Virginia but something just doesn't seem to right there in a combination of factors to develop a dominant program.   Cincy might grow into that but would be a few years; they need a few BCS conference upsets to make a mark like WV has under it's belt (Georgia and Oklahoma as dominant favorites which WV ran rampant over and held on to win).   I think that the Big East is a four horse race for dominance between primarily WV and Louisville with So Fla and Cincy one step out.    I don't understand why Pitt can't step up and field a true contender anymore nor Syracuse.   Connecticut could become a perienial bowl team as they've come a long way in the last 20 years, but don't know if they can step up to be a dominant team in the conference in the short term (next 5 years).   Rutgers is a question mark for me as NJ has a ton of talent but outside of history, there doesn't seem to be any reason Rutgers can be a BCS Bowl team.    But that should have happened 30 years ago - is Rutgers getting there now?     It's tough to call and the conference needs to have a dominant team; or West Virginia needs to win when it has the shot at the NC. 

So, would the waterfall be: West Virginia; then Rutgers and Louisville chasing the shot at the conf championship?   Cincy and So Florida are dark horses and probably need a couple years of consistent recruiting (and bowl wins) to be in the mix but probably still a step out.   Pitt, Syracuse, and Connecticut - all have potential but can't quite see them rising up in the next few years to make a statement in the BCS.

But does the Big East need a "Miami" type program to define the conference?   I think so- they need a team to get into the NC and make a strong showing when they get the chance; WV blowing it this year was a huge hit to the conference.   It's pretty much down to the SEC and Big 10 to lose a representative to the NC game; the Big 12 and Pac 10 need the right chemistry to get there, and the ACC and Big East reduced to pure magic to get in as they appear at the lowest point in the pecking order of the BCS conferences.   Just IMHO....

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2008 1:34 pm

Mauk denied sixth year at Cincinnati

Can you say,  Dennis the "DUD"?

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2008 11:01 am

Mauk denied sixth year at Cincinnati

You spelled "to" as "ot" in the last sentence.
Nice article, I just thought you might want to correct that not that I'm a grammatical person.

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