This was originally published in The Athletic.
If you haven’t been watching, then you won’t believe what I’m about to tell you. And that’s OK, because I’d be just as doubtful if I wasn’t watching.
But I am.
I’m watching in real time the resurrection of a college football program at the University of Cincinnati.
If you’re not watching, then all you see are the scores of games involving three tomato cans: a dormant UCLA program that’s big in name recognition only, a Miami team that’s scored three points now in two weeks and FCS-dwelling Alabama A&M. I can’t blame you for not believing that UC is housing college football’s next dynasty.
But if you are watching, then you see what’s happening. A program that started drifting aimlessly four years ago before bottoming out two years later hasn’t just stopped going in reverse, it’s started to slowly gain momentum. Even if who the Bearcats are beating might not suggest that UC football is on its way back, it’s the way they’ve looked while winning three straight to begin the season that might make you think Luke Fickell’s program is at least starting to turn the corner.
If you’re watching.
To read the entire piece, go to The Athletic.
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