Surprisingly wasn't the sale of the Reds or anything baseball related, it was the direction of UC and it's basketball program. Lindner and many of the top UC donors were in attendance, it seems they aren't happy with the direction of the University. Donations are down to the general fund and athletic department, the alumni association had to issue a statement last week about all the negative reactions they've been getting, and the general consensus among the big donors is if things continue on their present course Zimpher's contract WILL NOT be renewed when it expires in 2007. The $2 million dollar gift from the Marge Schott estate (the executor of the estate was at the party) was supposed to be $10 million, but was reduced to $2 given the state of things in Clifton, they may donate the remaining $8 million depending on how things progress. She was also confronted last week by the Foundations Board (influential alumni and donors) who called her on the carpet for donations suffering, she was not pleased they challenged her and is finally starting to realize her job might be on the line.
Also, it seems to be a forgone conclusion among the powers that be that Skip Prosser will be leaving Wake Forrest to become the next head coach at UC. He wants to return to Cincy, as do his 3 assistants, and from the way they were talking it's pretty much a done deal. Normally I would dismiss this as idle gossip, but these people have a lot of pull at UC, I tend to believe them.