Re: UC basketball vs. UC football
As a teen in Centerville, I grew up as a Univ. of Dayton basketball fan (Hank Finkel, Don May, et al). Got my undergrad degree at OSU so I became a Buckeye football fan (Rex Kern, Archie Griffin, et al).
I moved down to Cincinnati in '84. Slowly over time, my allegiance to UD basketball waned and I slowly warmed to UC hoops. Mostly because that was all that was in the paper and on TV. I knew UC had a football team, read the game stories in the paper, went to the odd game when someone gave me tickets, but didn't pay much other attention.
As my son went through HS, I noticed UC recruits pretty hard at all the local high schools. Athletically, yes, but they recuit the good academic kids as well. Plus there are some ties between the music programs at UC's CCM and Mason HS. As a fall-out, I started paying more attention to UC and UC football. I follow the games a little more closely now.
So my son is a freshman at UC this year. Lives on campus and is absolutely loving college life. I've taken him to tOSU games over the years (I get alumni tickets) so he has been exposed to the grand spectacle and paegent of OSU football. He goes to UC football games. He's said they play pretty decent football but it is just not the same.
My opinion is they seem to be on the right track with Mark Dantonio. He is building a good program and I think reaching a level of a team like Louisville is reachable. Paint's prediction of 8-9 wins next seems plausible. But if UC starts experiencing some success, they are going to have a hard time holding onto Dantonio.
UC has poured a lot of money into its Clifton campus and it is a nice place now. Nippert Stadium is a very nice facility in the middle of a modern urban campus. I think it will attract recruits.
But it will always be a problem getting fans to come to UC games on a regular basis. There are entirely too many sports options in the greater Cincinnati area. Reds, Bengals, Miami, OSU, UK, etc etc.
Compounding the problem is the whoring to ESPN. I realize the necessity of TV exposure, but if yoplay a game on a Sunday night against Southen Florida, you aren't going to get a crowd. If you play on a Friday night, you're up against high school football which is huge around here.
Pay attention to the open sky