Was around UC a lot in the past week. A few observations:
1. Caught the women's basketball exhibition Monday night against Kentucky Wesleyan. The Bearcats won easily 72-36 but I came away even more impressed with new coach Jamelle Elliott. Afterward she and her players talked about her insistence that they play with intensity at all times in practice and in games. Elliott backed that up by pulling senior guard Kahla Roudebush with 7:26 left in the first half and having her sit the bench the rest of the half. Why? Elliott thought Roudebush, last year's leading scorer, stopped playing after committing a turnover. Sent a good message to Roudebush and the team. I liked it. I should mention there were more people in attendance than a home game against Providence I saw last season.
2. Got a chance to spend almost an hour with new President Gregory Williams. Really enjoyed it. Soon I will be posting stories from that interview. He was very easy to talk to even though it was an interview. My take: He is far more interesting talking about non-sports-related topics than about athletics. My stories will cover both.
3. Win or lose, UC football is fun to watch. Amazing perspective to think that now fans are "worried" about the defense after allowing 40+ points and were sweating out a two-point victory. It's no longer "will they win?" but "by how many points?" ... Wouldn't want to be Coach Kelly having to make the decision on which quarterback to play. Nothing like a win-win situation, though.
4. UC volleyball team might be one of the better kept secrets in town. Coach Reed Sunahara is in his 10th season as head coach, and his teams have never had a losing record. This is the ninth time UC has won at least 20 matches under Sunahara. Five of his last nine teams have gone to the NCAA Tournament, and this year's team has a chance, too. The Bearcats have a set a school record by winning 25 consecutive times at home. Not much more you could ask for from Sunahara's program.
OK, back to work on the President Williams stories.