Oct. 5, 2005
When Cincinnati plays its first-ever BIG EAST football game this Saturday at Pittsburgh, the Bearcats and Panthers will also inaugurate college football's newest trophy rivalry game.
UC's move into the BIG EAST means that UC and Pitt, who despite being separated by 250 miles have faced each other only four times, will play on a regular basis. Seeking to build this into a rivalry, the athletic directors of the two schools, Bob Goin at Cincinnati and Jeff Long at Pittsburgh, agreed to initiate the River City Rivalry and create an appropriate trophy for the game.
The trophy is comprised of a riverboat telegraph--a device for signaling the engine room--and a silhouette of the Ohio River. The trophy was designed by Trophy Awards Manufacturing, Inc. by UC alums Rob Busch and Karl Wallick and constructed by Randy Corbett.
This becomes Cincinnati's third trophy game. UC plays Miami (Ohio) for the Victory Bell and Louisville for the Keg of Nails.