Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame wide receiver Johnny Bench helped the Cincinnati Bearcats football team prepare for Alabama and the college football playoff semifinals with a Wiffle Ball game on Thursday.
Bench attended the game before UC Bearcats football practice Thursday in Arlington, TX.
ESPN reporter Molly McGrath told Friday morning’s “College GameDay” that “(Cincinnati) head coach Luke Fickell was trying to strike a balance between preparing for this game and having fun because he didn’t want to. not that his players are exhausting or being too tight for this game. ”
McGrath said Cincinnati trained for less than an hour on Thursday, and that included their Wiffle Ball game with Bench.
“Fickell feels confident to loosen the reins on this team because he trusts them,” said McGrath.
Cincinnati football shared a video of Bench playing wide receiver while UC Bearcats defensive lineman Myjai Sanders took a few hits during a Wiffle Ball. Bench stopped Sanders to check his bat after a few swings and misfires.
Bench shared a photo of himself with some members of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team who he said were before they got on the bus to the walkthrough and the Wiffle Ball game.
The Cincinnati vs Alabama football game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. CT on Friday, December 31.
Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaching Poll, comes into the game 12-1 on aggregate. Most recently, Alabama defeated Georgia 41-24 on Dec. 4 in the SEC Championship.
The No. 4-ranked UC Bearcats enter the game 13-0 on aggregate. On December 4, Cincinnati defeated Houston 35-20 in the AAC Championship.
Entering their CFP semi-final, Alabama leads the all-time series 5-0 against the Cincinnati Bearcats.
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Nick Saban is the Alabama football head coach. Luke Fickell is the head football coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats.
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