Ohio Bobcats football program plays their home games at Peden Stadium which has served the university since the day of its opening in 1929.
The venue is the oldest one in Mid- American Conference and among the oldest in the nation. Currently the stadium can hold 24000 spectators although there have been games where over 25000 Ohio Bobcats tickets for a game were sold as the stadium has had some space for standing room.
Basketball at Ohio University is played at Convocation Center, a multi- purpose arena that’s been in use since 1968. There are over 13000 seats available in basketball configuration.
The very first football action at the Ohio University occurred in 1894 when the Bobcats took part in their first season. Basketball was added to the school sporting program in 1907.
The Bobcats are members of East Division in Mid- American Conference, NCAA Division I (FBS for football) and the team’s colours are ohio green and white.
The university is represented by Rufus the Bobcat, university’s official mascot that keeps the fans going, especially during fierce rivalry games that Ohio has with Miami RedHawks and Marshall Thundering Herd.
Football program at Ohio University does roughly as much winning as losing as the Bobcats have an all- time record of 532-535-48 during which the program captured one national championship (in college division), 11 conference titles and further three divisional titles making up their trophy cabinet.
To date, the Bobcats appeared at 9 Bowl games, beginning with a loss against West Texas at Sun Bowl in 1962 that was followed by further 4 more lost games until the school’s’ first win at Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2011 against Utah State. The Bobcats are combined 2-7 in their Bowl games.
The university managed to produce some players that got accustomed to NFL life and from the past players, Bob Snyder is worth mentioning while current crops of Bobcats has promising youngsters such as T. J. Carrie.
Snyder, played quarterback, tailback, kicker positions in few teams, the most success he gathered from playing with Chicago Bears where he won 3 NFL championships at the beginning of the 1940s.
Carrie, drafted in 7th round of 2014 draft by the Raiders is yet to make a big impact within the league but the Raiders are pleased with his production in return game as well as from playing time at the position of cornerback.
Basketball program has had some years of success since the sixties through the seventies and more recently just few seasons ago. Bobcats have gone to 13 NCAA tournaments and their best place was to reach the Elite Eight phase in 1964.
Ohio was also 6 times conference tournament champion and have 14 regular season titles to their name.
There have been some NBA selections coming from Ohio Bobcats but their most accomplished basketball player, Frank Baumholtz actually went into having a career in MLB playing for few teams and racking up over thousand games through 10 seasons recording 1010 hits and 25 home runs. He was considered in voting for rookie of the year award as well as MLB MVP award one year.
Ohio University might not be the winningest university there is and they haven’t produced a long line of pro athletes in football or basketball but through the years they have had some team and individual success as the history shows.