Interim Bearcats coach recruiting for UT

Interim Cincinnati coach Steve Stripling is recruiting ESPN Watch List receiver Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike). He just isn’t doing it for the Bearcats.

Stripling was named the Bearcats’ interim coach when Butch Jones left for Tennessee. From what Stripling told Booth, Stripling, originally the Bearcats' defensive line coach, and a few other assistants will be leaving for Knoxville immediately following the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27.

“He was telling me he’s the interim coach at Cincinnati, and after the bowl game he’s leaving for Tennessee,” Booth said. “He was saying the offensive coordinator [Mike Bajakian] is going to go to Tennessee also.

“The offensive coordinator really likes me, and Coach Jones really liked me. [Stripling] said to stay in contact the next weeks until after the bowl game.”

Booth said he believes an offer from Tennessee will come sometime over the next few weeks.