Or at least out with David Grutza, who lead the high-power Cincy offense last season with his pocket presence, pin-point accuarcy, and cannon of right arm. Grutza also was listed as a key contributer to the growth of the Cincy RB committee.
Oh how times have changed...now Notre Dame transfer Demetris Jones has taken over the Cinncinati offense with mixed reviews. Unhappy with the Irish, Jones came to the Bearcats with speed and attitude, and had Cincy head coach Jeremy Dunn excited at the possibilities for the upcoming season. After finishing 12-1 in his first year with the team, Dunn was ready to rebound from his team's heart-breaking last second loss to Flordia State and move into the new season with a #11 ranking.
So far, the Jones' led offense is staring at a 1-3 record with a blowout loss to Oklahoma, a close win against the Boilermakers, and two losses (both turnovers on the goal line to win the game) against Texas and Pitt.
Against Oklahoma, Jones threw more picks than Van Halen...
Against Texas, Jones had a chance at redemption facing a 3rd and goal with time running out in the 4th quarter and a chance to win the game. Coach Dunn called a quick slant from the 1 yard line...and Jones lived up to his reputation...throwing a game-ending INT. To make matters worse, Cinncinatti found out after the loss that star RB John Goebel would be out for 3 weeks with a torn pectoral muscle...AS the result of a poor option decision by Jones in the 2nd quarter.
Against rival Pitt, Jones was put in a similar situation. 4th and Goal with a chance to tie the game with :07 left in the game. Dunn AGAIN, looks to give Jones a shot at redemption, but this time calls a QB sneak from the 2. Jones breaks thru the line, and gets put on his back faster than Madonna at a Yankees game....losing the ball. After the booth reviewed the ball, the ball never crossed the plain....and the Panthers hand Cincy back to back losses.
Now the Bearcats are watching any BCS hopes dwindle away with 3 losses and a tough Big East schedule on the way. Not to mention, matchups versus national ranked Notre Dame, USF, and South Carolina.
Coach Dunn has been pleased with the running game, until the loss of Goebel. Although, backup Isiah Pead has filled in nicely. Unfortunately, Dunn is still frustrated with his issues at QB.
"Demetris promised us great things when he transfered to Cinncinatti, but he has yet to live up to his word. All we heard was how awful Notre Dame was, and how worthless Charlie Wiess is, and how he liked the 'nightlife' in Cincy so much. So far, I think the only thing Cinncinatti has got since Demetris arrived has been a rise in alcohol and weapon citiations, drug use, strip club profits, and I might be wrong, but I think the kid is running an underground dog fighting circuit...." stated Coach Dunn.
The NCAA is investigating the University's recent dismisal of its dog-fighting courses from its elective class choices. The class was said to be a major reason Jones chose Cinncinatti as his transfer destination. He is said to be quite a Michael Vick fan.
The Bearcats look to get back on track against Jones' former team, Notre Dame, this week. Jones apparently told teammates he was so "hyped" for this game that he would play with more "X in his system than Sesame Street on a loop..."
The drug world in Cinncinatti can't wait as the expect a rise in their holiday profits....
On a side note, in an effort to post fan support and the local economy during this losing streak...the strip clubs and arms dealers of the Cinncinatti area are exploring a new promotional effort. The "Blow Hoes, Not Bros" campaign offers weapon-yielding fans to turn in their pieces at local Cincy strip clubs in exchange for a lapdance, Bearcats tickets, and an offical "I got a lapdance from the same girl Demetris did." t-shirt....
Stay tuned in following weeks for "Bring a Stripper to the Game" and "Cheerleaders Strip/Strippers Cheerlead" for a day promotions....
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