CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jeff Quinn will coach the Bearcats in the 76th Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 against Florida in the Louisiana Superdome, Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced.
“We’re pleased that Jeff has accepted the opportunity to coach UC in the Sugar Bowl,” Thomas said. “He has experience in leading a team during a bowl transition. I have confidence that he will have our football team focused and prepared as we take on Florida in New Orleans on New Year’s Day.”
Quinn, in his third year at UC and 26th season in college football, was recently named one of five finalists for the 2009 Broyles Award, which is given to the nation’s top assistant coach.
“The most important thing right now is our players,” Quinn said. “This has been a tremendous season, but we still have another game to finish off. We will handle our preparations for the Sugar Bowl with class and distinction. We have a great challenge ahead of us and look forward to representing the University of Cincinnati in New Orleans on Jan. 1.”
The Bearcats are 12-0 and recently won their second consecutive BIG EAST Conference championship. Unranked in preseason polls, Cincinnati’s undefeated regular season catapulted the Bearcats to No. 3 in the BCS standings this week and earned them an invitation to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the school’s second-consecutive BCS game.
UC has set numerous school records in 2009, including those for wins (12), road wins (6), consecutive regular season wins (18), points (495), passing yards (3,844), fewest fumbles (10), fewest fumbles lost (2), and fewest turnovers (10).
Behind Quinn's offensive line, the Bearcats have had an individual top the 100-yard plateau in six of the last eight games and eight out of 12 games overall. UC has topped 200-yards rushing on three occasions and has set the school record for points and touchdowns. Offensive tackle Jeff Linkenbach was a midseason selection to the SI.com all-America squad.
UC leads the nation in passing efficiency (166.19) despite using five different quarterbacks through the course of the season.
The Bearcats rank second nationally in kickoff returns (29.2), third in tackles for a loss (8.4), sixth in passing offense (320.3), scoring offense (39.8), and total offense (464.3), while sitting tied for eighth in sacks (2.9), and 10th in sacks allowed (0.9).
Eleven UC student-athletes were honored as all-BIG EAST selections, including four out of Quinn's five starting offensive linemen. Chris Jurek (1st), Alex Hoffman (2nd), Jason Kelce (2nd), and Linkenbach (2nd) earned all-BIG EAST honors in 2009.
Quinn served as interim head coach for Central Michigan’s 2006 victory in the Motor City Bowl prior to joining the UC staff. He has a 1-0 record as a head coach.
During his career, Quinn has coached 12 offensive linemen who have played in the professional ranks, including first, fourth, fifth, and seventh round NFL Draft choices, as well as 22 players who have earned all-America status.
In 2008, Quinn mentored Offensive guard Trevor Canfield, who was an Associated Press Second-Team All-America selection, the first UC offensive lineman to earn a spot on the AP team since Bill Shalosky in 1952. Canfield was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Quinn served as the associate head coach at Central Michigan from 2004-2006. He arrived at CMU after 15 seasons at Grand Valley State. He was part of the staff that led the Lakers to back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003.
The 2001 Laker offense averaged 600.8 yards and set an NCAA record by averaging 58.4 points per game.
He is a 1984 graduate of Elmhurst College where he was a two-sport standout in football and wrestling. Quinn was twice named Student-Athlete of the Year at Elmhurst. He was inducted into Elmhurst's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.
Quinn launched his coaching career at DePauw as an assistant football and wrestling coach from August, 1984 to May, 1986 before going to Ohio Northern as head wrestling coach and an assistant football coach from June, 1986 until December, 1988. At ONU, he coached one National Champion wrestler, along with a trio of all-Americans.
Quinn earned a master of arts degree from DePauw in 1986 and an educational leadership master's degree endorsement from GVSU in 2000.
Quinn and his wife Shannon have two sons, Kyle and Ryan. Kyle serves as the undergraduate student representative to the UC Board of Trustees.
No. 3 UC will close out the 2009 season in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl against No. 5 Florida. The game is set for Jan. 1, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. EST in the Louisiana Superdome, and will be televised by FOX.