By: Greg Hand
Now that you're an official Bearcat, it raises a few good questions:
What the heck is a Bearcat? How did such a nickname get started?
For the answers, we turn to Bearcats! The Story of Basketball at the University of Cincinnati, a book by Kevin Grace, Greg Hand, Tom Hathaway, Carey Hoffman and Lisa Ventre, published by Harmony House (1997). The following is adapted from an appendix in the book.
The University of Cincinnati Bearcats were born on Oct. 31, 1914. The occasion was a football game with the University of Kentucky, and four key ingredients flowed together to create the enduring and enigmatic mascot: