The Belk Bowl is right around the corner. As the team is preparing under defensive line coach Steve Stripling to take on Duke in the December 27th bowl game, the university is making plans for their home field and their fifth year senior quarterback is looking for a shot at a sixth year with the team.
On Monday it was announced that fifth year senior Brendon Kay was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. This move allows the quarterback, who has been benched with injuries for most of his career, the opportunity to display his talents as a full year starter for NFL scouts.
Kay emerged as the starter after Munchie Legaux struggled in the beginning half of the season and was finally pulled out of the game against the Syracuse Orange. Kay stepped in and led the team to a victory over their conference foes and never gave the job up. In the five games that the senior played in, he started four and won four. He threw for 966 yards and six touchdowns.
UC announced on Tuesday, their plans for a $70 million dollar Nippert Stadium renovation. The overhaul is long overdue, as Cincinnati plays in the second oldest stadium in the United States. If you have visited any other college football fields recently, the age and need for updated facilities is obvious in Bearcat Country.
The Bearcats president Dr. Santa Ono and athletic director Whit Babcock explained in a statement that the expansion would focus on the west side of the stadium. The school would add suites, club seats, and loge boxes. There would also be improvements to the concourse and restroom areas, opening up traffic flow and allowing for a better fan experience.
They also stated that once construction begins on the stadium, the project should last from 12-18 months. The $70 million stadium renovation will be funded by private donations and no public funds will be used.