Georgetown College’s 15-year relationship with the Cincinnati Bengals appears to nearing its end. In an interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer posted on the Bengals’ website Friday night, President Mike Brown said the team is considering keeping the training camp closer to home.
“It is different now in the way you practice,” Brown told the Enquirer. “With the new restrictions that are on, what we found is that we’re really just practicing once a day. And when you practice once a day, is it necessary to go away to training camp with dorms and all the stuff that you have?”
Other NFL teams share that sentiment.
“What you are seeing across the league is a tendency by teams to stay at their own location,” Brown said.
Brian Evans, director of athletics at Georgetown College, said the school would not release a statement until official word comes from the Bengals on whether they plan to return to Georgetown.
Jack Conner, executive director of the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce, said the economic boost the Bengals provide would be missed.
“We think they are an extreme benefit to the community,” he said. “We would hate to see them not come back.”
Meanwhile, Georgetown College is considering a plan to install artificial turf at Toyota Stadium. The college and the Scott County board of education are negotiating an 11-year, $544,000 deal that would give the school board a limited number of events on the field. The school board would pay a significant sum up front to help the college pay for the surface.
Attorneys for both sides are still reviewing the proposal, Scott County Schools Superintendent Patricia Putty said last week.
The Bengals have expressed concerns in the past about practicing on a turf field because of the heat.
Keeping the training camp in Cincinnati would give local fans an opportunity to watch practices, with possible night practices and intrasquad scrimmages in Paul Brown Stadium, Brown said in the interview.