For anybody who reads this blog semi-reguarly, you've heard this before and know my stance. Mick Cronin's work on the basketball court is only rivaled by his work off it with this program.
Nobody talks about how the image of the program has flipped and the lack of off-court issues that were nationally associated with it for a long period of time. The latest proof of that change came Tuesday when the Academic Progress Rates revealed the men's basketball program in the top 10 percent.
Cronin was hired in 2005 with the program on academic penalty and gutted. Five years later, they returned to the NCAA tournament and are being awarded for academic acheivement. What else do you want? His accomplishments are impossible to deny or rate as anything less than remarkable.
--- Tuesday will go down as one of the most memorable days in the life of former UC star Tony Campana. He flew across the country, went through two sessions of interviews, set aside 50 tickets for friends and family, made his MLB debut less than an hour from his hometown, scored a run as a pinch-runner and delivered an RBI double for his first MLB hit.
Yeah, they don't get much better than that.
I'll have much more on Campana later today.
--- BearcatsBlog breaks down the year of Sean Kilpatrick. Minute-for-minute, he was the best offensive player on the Bearcats last year and top 10 in the Big East. As his role expands the next few years, he should be a special talent.
--- I talked earlier this week about Trent Cole being slighted at No. 73 on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players. He agreed and spoke out about it on his Twitter account.
--- The ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule was released yesterday. OSU-Duke looks like fun. We are still awaiting the Big East/SEC slate, but expecting it soon.
--- Yesterday, I wrote about the benefits of possibly making the World University Games team for Yancy Gates, who received a tryout invitation earlier this week. Bill Koch caught up with Gates and got his perspective on the honor.
I love this quote from Gates about committing to accomplishing goals he told Mick Cronin he would upon his arrival at UC.
"When I first committed at the end of my junior year, me and Coach Cronin talked a lot about rebuilding the program and how we were both from here and how it would be big for us," Gates said. "For me, just making it to the tournament one year and then leaving wouldn't be holding up my end of the deal that I had with Coach Cronin."
--- Pretty slow day for news and randomness, plus I need to get to producing the Campana story. So, we'll end it here with a guy's marriage proposal that will make yours inadequate.