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Former UC star QB Tony Pike trying to make Bengals

 

Tony Pike (photo by BH photography courtesy UC athletics)

Tony Pike played his high school football at Cincinnati Reading. He continue his career in college at Cincinnati engineering Brian Kelly’s fast paced-offensive sets.

As the Bearcats quarterback, Pike threw for 5,018 yards and 49 touchdowns and was drafted in the 6th round of the 2010 draft by the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

But things never panned out in down in Charlotte, home of the Panthers. They also drafted Notre Dame’s Jimmy Claussen and then Auburn’s Cam Newton.

So, with an overflow of quarterbacks and the fact that Pike had elbow problems, the Panthers waived him last August and gave him an injury settlement.

Last week, Pike found him back in his hometown of Cincinnati trying to earn a spot on the Bengals roster by going through the team’s rookie mini-camp.

Pike had a third operation on his throwing arm and spent last season rehabbing, he felt confident to accept the Bengals invitation for a tryout.

Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news

Bengals WR Simpson gets 15-day sentence

 

Jerome Simpson (file photo)

Judge Gregory Bartlett of Kenton County Circuit Court in Lexington, Kentucky, said on Thursday that he was very impressed with the testimony and letters sent to him on Jerome Simpson’s behalf. He said that the Bengals wide receiver appears to be “a good person” who had a “serious lapse in judgment.”

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was also sent a letter to Judge Bartlett in support of Simpson. He says the team is still open to offering him a new contract. Simpson currently is an unrestricted free agent.

Judge Bartlett reduced Simpson’s jail sentenced down from 30 days to 15 and also gave him three years’ probation on a drug-related charge.

Simpson pleaded guilty March 1 to the felony charge resulting from about 2 grams of marijuana shipped to his northern Kentucky home in September 2011. He was indicted on a felony charge of marijuana trafficking, but the plea seal changed the charge to a prohibited act relating to controlled substances which is also a felony.

Simpson was the Bengals second-round draft choice from Coastal Carolina in 2008, the 46th overall pick. He caught 53 passes for 758 yards and four touchdowns in 2011.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

 

Reds get new grass at Great American Ball Park

 

(2007 photo by Ed Markovich via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds will be playing on a new grass surface in 2012 at Great American Ball Park.

Hamilton County, which owns the Reds’ home stadium, spent $1.53 million to replace the playing surface at both Great American and the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium.

The new playing surface is part of a plan to repair or replace equipment at the ballpark.

The money comes from a repair account which is replenished each year by the county with a $1 million. The Great American Ball Park account according to the county has around $3.5 million.

The Reds current lease signed in 2003 with Hamilton County, has the Reds paying for routine maintenance and repairs, while the county pays for capital improvements and replacements at GABP.

 

Info compiled from Hamilton County, Radio & TV news

UC abandons plan to play home games at Paul Brown Stadium

 

Paul Brown (2005 photo by Derek Jensen via wikipedia commons)

The University of Cincinnati football program’s two-year experiment of playing football games in an NFL stadium has not met the expected financial increase it was seeking.

Head football coach Butch Jones and athletic director Whit Babcock say that the players preferred playing on campus at 35,000-seat Nippert Stadium rather than traveling downtown to play in the Bengals 65,000-seat stadium.

The Bearcats played the Oklahoma game there in 2010 and two Big East games in 2011 at PBS trying to help them attract fans, recruits and profile the program better. Those games only attracted between 40,000 to 42,000 fans.

 

 

Info compiled from UC athletics, Radio & TV news

Reports say Bengals looking at former Dallas CB Newman

 

Terence Newman as a Cowboy (2009 photo by Bigcats lair via wikipedia commons)

There are reports out of Cincinnati and the internet, that the Cincinnati Bengals are taking a look at and trying to sign 33-year-old cornerback Terence Newman who was let go by the Dallas Cowboys recently.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis speaking at the NFL owners meetings, believes that Newman can become a solid defensive back again if he can be reunited with Mike Zimmer, who coached him while with Dallas. Zimmer, currently is the defensive coordinator of the Bengals.

Newman, is a 2003 graduate of Kansas State and played for the Cowboys from that time through 2011.

In his career, Newman has 532 tackles and 32 interceptions.

 

Info compiled from NFL, Radio & TV news

 

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