USC to replace Bengals in AFC North
CINCINNATI - After a convincing victory over Ohio State last weekend, the University of Southern California was named by NFL officials this week as the replacement for the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North division. An NFL spokesperson explained the decision to make the change was driven by league objectives to improve competiveness and entertainment value.
League officials say each of the Bengals players will be invited to try out for the newest NFL franchise but analysts say it is unlikely any of the players will secure a starting position on the team. In the meantime, while the future of the Bengals organization is being decided, the team will serve as an interim practice squad for the Moeller High School football team. Reports indicate several other schools including Colerain High School and St. Xavier declined offers from the Bengals to serve as a practice squad.
Reportedly other organizations who have declined offers from the Bengals include the Canadian Football League, the Arena Football league, the WNBA, and the Cincinnati Cyclones.