Originally Posted by Chip R
They went to several bowls during the Minter years and it didn't seem to matter even when the Bengals and Reds were down.
Right, but let's take a look at the bowl game affiliations between CUSA and the Big East:
Meineke Car Care Bowl
Armed Forces Bowl
Are any of those CUSA bowl affiliations going to inspire a fanbase? Absolutely not. The New Orleans Bowl win did nothing for this program a few years ago.
But there are some very attractive bowls the Big East will send teams to this year. I don't think it's going to take a BCS bid, but if UC could make it to the Sun or Gator Bowl, that should be enough to charge the fanbase.
Also, next year's non-conf schedule for UC is going to be much more sane than this year's schedule. There is still one game left to schedule, but the other four are Fresno St., Marshall, Miami (Oh), and I-AA S.E. Missouri St. Going into Columbus and Blacksburg in the same year is rediculous.