The Cincinnati Bengals have confirmed to Georgetown College that the NFL team will not be returning to Kentucky for summer training camp. The announcement came Thursday at the conclusion of a meeting between officials of the college and the Bengals organization. The decision ends a 15 year tradition. It does not, however, close the door on future partnerships between Georgetown College and the Cincinnati Bengals.
“We are, of course, disappointed,” said William H. Crouch, Jr., President of Georgetown College. “We have enjoyed hosting the summer camp since 1997 and believe it has been mutually beneficial. We are proud to have been the only NFL training facility ever in Kentucky. Fortunately, there will be other ways for us to work with the Bengals organization and we look forward to those opportunities.”
Speculation about a change in training camp venue began back in the fall of 2011 with an announcement by the Bengals organization that a new collective bargaining agreement had limited the number of practices.
Commenting on Thursday’s decision, Bengals owner Mike Brown said, “The new agreement between the NFL and its players really impacts training camp by reducing practices. That’s nothing the Bengals or Georgetown College wanted to see happen, but it is the hand we are dealt, so we both have to adjust to it. I will miss going away for training camp very much, and I will especially miss our friends in Georgetown, Kentucky.”
The Bengals 9-8 season ended with a 31-10 AFC Wild Card loss to Houston in January.