Re: UC basketball vs. UC football
I agree with a lot of what's been said in these posts. Especially the ones that say the crowd is linked directly to the success they have on the field. UC basketball has a great history from the 60's, but obviously had some down times during the Yates era (which I was not around for). Then Huggs came along, two years later we're in the final four, and suddenly everybody loves UC basketball again. I think this shows that Cincy is a fair weather type of town.
In order to get that type of following for football I think there needs to be a big time bowl game involved. A 2nd tier bowl game will probably help attendance, but it won't push it over the edge. This success is obviously linked to recruiting, which is improving. In fact, just this morning we got a recruit who had offers from BC and Rutgers. Dantonio is moving this program in the right direction, but unfortunately many of the recruits are leaning in other directions after they come to campus and watch a game. Not so much because of the product on the field, but more because of the 10-15,000 attendance numbers and people just not caring about the program. Recruits just don't find that atmosphere too exciting when they can go somewhere else and have 60,000+ cheering for them every Saturday.
For those of you who haven't been to a game in a while, or possibly ever I encourage you to get down to a game this weekend. It's homecoming at UC and should be a good game against Syracuse.