Jim Lippincott, Bengals Director of Football Operations, has announced his impending retirement. Lippincott joined the Bengals in 1992 in scouting and personnel. He will remain active in football by returning to Cincinnati’s Moeller High School as defensive coordinator, resuming his longtime school association.
Lippincott will serve in a dual role for the first few months of 2012, returning to Moeller but also continuing to work with the Bengals, helping the team prepare for April’s college draft.
“Jim has been a valued member of our front office for some 20 years, working as both a scout and as an administrator,” said Bengals president Mike Brown. “His work at Moeller is where his heart takes him now, but I thank him for all he has done here over the years and wish him only the very best. Jim will still be very much in the Bengals picture as we head toward this year’s draft.”
Lippincott, a native of Lima, Ohio, holds degrees from Xavier University and the University of Dayton. He first came to Moeller High School in 1981 as defensive coordinator. He added the role of athletic director in 1988 and worked as both an administrator and a coach until he left in 1992 to join the Bengals.
“First and foremost, I want to express my love for Mike Brown, and to thank him for giving me the opportunity to work for the Bengals,” Lippincott said. “The experience has been challenging and rewarding. I will leave remembering not just the results of the games, but for the priceless professional associations and friendships I’ve been blessed to make.”
In other Bengals news:
* Placed WR Andre Caldwell on the Reserve/Injured list. Caldwell has developed a sports hernia that has rendered him unable to play. The fourth-year NFL player saw action this season in Games 1-13, with two starts. He ends his season with 37 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns.
* Signed WR Armon Binns to the roster from the Bengals practice squad. Binns (6-3, 210; University of Cincinnati) is in his rookie NFL season. He was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 20. A native of Pasadena, Calif., he was a four-year letterman (2007-10) at the University of Cincinnati college free agent. In three Jaguars preseason games, Binns had three receptions for 20 yards and one touchdown. Jacksonville waived, with 75 receptions for 1101 yards and 10 TDs in 2010.He entered the NFL on July 28 with Jacksonville on Sept. 3
* Signed WR Vidal Hazelton to the practice squad. Hazelton (6-2, 218, University of Cincinnati) is in his rookie NFL season. A native of Staten Island, N.Y., he began his college career at Southern California from 2006-08 and then transferred to the University of Cincinnati and began playing in 2010 until he suffered a knee injury in the season opener and missed the remainder of the season. He entered the NFL on July 27 with San Diego as a college free agent. He played in two Chargers preseason games (no statistics) and was waived on Aug. 31. His first name is pronounced “vih-DALL.”