Greetings readers. As I was surfing on the web over to cincinnati.com, I spotted this article about Mick Cronin and the Cincinnati Bearcats. I realized something I haven’t been thinking about logically. While the Bearcats haven’t been dancing since the Huggins days, Mick Cronin is doing okay.
What fans don’t realize is how low the player’s GPA was before Cronin got the head coaching job. After all, isn’t that the most important part of college? However, let’s look at the whole picture.
The fans don’t really consider GPA, they mainly look at a couple of things: records, strength of schedule, and going dancing in March. While those things are important to budgets and the Athletic Department, the whole GPA is important to the entire university.
If you look at the article I posted, you’ll see there’s plenty of dislike to go around. Some comments complain that Cincinnati isn’t relevant in the national or Ohio College Hoops scene, only to be passed up by Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton, Wright State, and others.
Okay, to be fair, it isn’t the same winning spirit that flies around the campus. Bob Huggins had a string of NCAA Tournament appearances that range from 1992 until his time to leave. While the Bearcats have been to the NIT twice (once under Cronin and once under Andy Kennedy, now coaching at Ole Miss), it’s not the same as the Big Dance. It helps to tell your recruits that you’ve had the chance to go dancing. UC has had it’s fair share of bad losses, including one in the Big East Tournament to a winless-in-conference DePaul Blue Devils team a few seasons back. Last year however, the Bearcats did make it up the National Rankings for the first time in a while.
The 2010-2011 season will be an interesting one for the Bearcats, as the schedule starts off fairly weak. The first game that will be of interest to the red and black Bearcats is against the Dayton Flyers at U.S. Bank Arena (UC plays at Fifth Third Arena on campus.) Of course, my favorite game on that schedule is against the Wright State Raiders, but I go to school at WSU so that’s just a little bit biased isn’t it? The Bearcats also head down to Oklahoma to play the Sooners and will host the Crosstown Shootout with the Xavier Musketeers before beginning a tough Big East conference schedule.
This season will also be interesting due to the losses of Deonta Vaughn (graduation) and Lance Stephenson (drafted in the Second Round of this year’s draft by the Indiana Pacers.) While the Bearcats lost the all-time Assists leader in Vaughn, they lost a fiery offensive young players in Stephenson.
Back to what I was saying earlier, it does matter that tickets are being sold. Well, the numbers are down from when the Bearcats were racking up appearance after appearance in the Big Dance. Some of these games might not warrant a purchase by the casual fans, but possibly for those who love UC basketball, no matter what. Shouldn’t the grades also matter?
I know there’s issues I’m passing over, but this article caught my attention (and apparently some other readers) and being someone that loves the sports scene in Cincinnati, I thought I would share my thoughts about it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to see if I have any plans for December 1st. If I don’t, it just might warrant a trip to Cincinnati for myself to watch my WSU Raiders play.
Until next time,