Sept. 8, 2008
The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics announced Monday that the non-conference matchup between the Bearcats and Miami University will kickoff Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in a game televised online by ESPN360.com.
The Bearcats (1-1) are coming off a 52-26 loss at No. 4/4 Oklahoma on Sept. 6 and have their first bye week of the season. The RedHawks (0-2) dropped a 16-6 contest at Michigan on Sept. 6 and play Charleston Southern at 3 p.m. Saturday in Oxford, Ohio.
The Miami-Cincinnati Victory Bell is the oldest non-conference college football rivalry in the United States, meeting for the 113th time this season. The first meeting, on Dec. 8, 1888 in Oxford, was the first collegiate football game played in the state of Ohio. The original bell hung in Miami's Harrison Hall near the site of the first game and was used to ring in Miami victories.
The traveling trophy tradition began in the 1890's when some Cincinnati fans "borrowed" the bell. The bell went to the winner of the annual game for the next 40 years until it mysteriously disappeared in the 1930's. The original bell reappeared in 1946 and is on display in the lobby of Miami's Murstein Alumni Center.
The current trophy is a replica of the original bell and is kept in the possession of the winning team each year. One side of the bell is painted red and black and shows Cincinnati's victories, while the other side is red and white and shows Miami's victories.
The Miami-Cincinnati series ranks fifth on the list of most-played rivalries in college football and is the oldest rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains. Of the more than 30 rivalries that include at least 89 games, none are older than Miami vs. Cincinnati.
The game is available completely free to any student on UC's campus, and to nearly 18 million people on college campuses across the country. ESPN360.com will feature more than 300 college football games in 2008.
About ESPN360.com: In the U.S., ESPN360.com is a 24/7 broadband sports network, delivering more than 3,000 live global sports events annually. ESPN360.com is available at no charge to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection from an affiliated service provider. It is available free to approximately 18 million students and military personnel via any computer on a U.S. campus or military base computer network. Additionally, it has tripled its residential distribution in the past 20 months, and is available in 24 million households nationwide via more than 20 Internet service providers around the country including AT&T, Verizon, RCN, Frontier, Cavalier, Charter, Mediacom, Conway, Grande Communications and more.