Nippert Stadium is the home for Cincinnati Bearcats. The historic venue served the football team since 1901 in rudimentary form and as a complete stadium since 1924 making it the fifth oldest stadium in college football.
The venue has earned a reputation of a hostile territory for visiting teams and the crowd of 40000 people the stadium can accommodate is partly a reason for the atmosphere during the games.
Basketball fans go to Fifth Third Arena to watch their college hoops. The venue opened in 1989 and there is over 13000 seats available for Cincinnati Bearcat tickets owners to choose from.
First football season that the Bearcats took part in occurred in 1885 and shortly after, the basketball joined the university program in 1901. The college is part of the American Atlantic Conference (ACC) and the teams are members of NCAA Division I.
The college’s colours are black and red and their mascot is Bearcat. Main rivals of the team are Louisville Cardinals, Miami RedHawks and Pittsburgh Panthers.
The Bearcats of football team never won a national championship but it doesn’t mean that the program was unsuccessfully. On contrary, the teams that the University had put on the field through the years had produced 14 conference titles and had won 8 Bowl games from 17 starts.
The program has been very successful in recent years having won five conference titles and nine trips to Bowl games since 2007 winning four of them.
There have been six Pro Bowlers with 9 total nominations among the Bearcats who had made it to NFL. Elbie Nickel went to three Pro Bowls during his career as a tight end for Pittsburgh Steelers between 1947-1957.
Another multiple Pro Bowler coming from the program is Trent Cole, an outside linebacker who spent most of his career in Philadelphia where he was chosen to two Pro Bowls before leaving for Indianapolis in 2015. Cole has 88.5 sacks and 21 forced fumbles in his career.
If football success isn’t enough to get one excited about the Bearcats then probably the basketball program can change their mind with two NCAA Championships and another runner-up appearance, all that happened in the early sixties.
The Bearcats track record include 30 NCAA tournament appearances including six appearances in last six seasons and 20 in last 25. With over 1700 wins to their name, the Cincinnati Bearcats are among the 20 most winningest basketball programs in the collegiate history. The program were conference tournament champions ten times and regular season champions 27 times.
Given all the success of the teams the university produced through the years it is a bit surprising to see only two players who made it into Basketball Hall of Fame after playing in NBA. These two are Jack Twyman who had an award named after him in 2013 and Oscar Robertson.
Twyman spent all his career in Rochester/ Cincinnati Royals where he went to 6 All- Star games and was named to two All-NBA Second Team. He left his legacy as the NBA announced that Twyman and Stokes’ name will be the name of the award that recognizes a player that was the league’s ideal teammate.
Robertson was drafted 1st overall in 1960 by the Cincinnati Royals and spent ten seasons with them before joining the Bucks for four more years.
In this time he won NBA title with the Bucks, was the NBA MVP with the Royals, he was All- Star game mvp three times, NBA rookie of the year among many, many, many other accolades.
Bearcats programs had plenty of success both as teams and individually and with the recent rise in college’s prestige and level of playing one might expect more future stars to hail from there.