Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Bengals to keep training at G'town

College president given assurances by Mike Brown

By Mark Curnutte
Enquirer staff writer

GEORGETOWN, Ky. - The Bengals are likely to return to Georgetown College for training camp after a contract expires next year.

Bengals president Mike Brown gave assurances Tuesday to Georgetown president Bill Crouch.

"He said: 'You're happy. We're happy. We have no need to do anything different,' " Crouch said of his conversation with Brown.

Word surfaced Tuesday that the Bengals had been approached by officials at the University of Dayton about the possibility of moving camp there after 2005.

Bengals business manager Bill Connelly said he went to Dayton a few months ago after officials there had called.

"They said they were thinking of building something and wanted to talk," Connelly said.

The Bengals are in their eighth year at Georgetown after training at Wilmington College for 29 years. Last year, the Bengals and Georgetown College extended the original seven-year contract by two years.

Crouch said camp yielded a "positive cash flow (in 2004) after years of always being iffy."

The Bengals even missed five scheduled practices at Georgetown because of their extended trip to Florida and the rescheduling of the preseason opener at Tampa Bay.

More than a third of NFL teams train at the regular-season sites, but Brown and coach Marvin Lewis prefer to get the team away to a secluded spot, such as Georgetown.

Crouch said the college probably would build another student apartment house to accommodate the growing Bengals contingent at camp and install a FieldTurf-type surface at Rawlings Stadium after the Georgetown College season is complete.

"We have a national championship team (in the NAIA) playing on dirt," Crouch said in reference to the toll training camp takes on the natural grass.



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