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Xavier AD wants to continue Cincinnati series

Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 1:44 pm
 

By Jeff Goodman

Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski (at left with Xavier coach Chris Mack) doesn't want to run from the rivalry with Cincinnati despite the fight that occurred last weekend. 

"We need to grow up," Bobinski told CBSSports.com on Thursday. "We have a chance to do things right and I don't think the right move is to walk away from this." 

By this, Bobinski means the series with the Bearcats - which moves to Cincinnati's campus next season. Bobinski's wasn't thrilled with my suggestion to move the game to an off-campus venue - and for a valid reason. He felt like the even split of fans could cause altercations in the stands. 

What Bobinski said is that the two sides need to come together prior to the game next year and show the community that good will between the programs exists. 

"People need to see that we don't have animosity," he said. "Show everyone that we've put this behind us." 

He said there should be heightened security for the game, but that both sides would already be on "high alert" and both coaches would likely enter the meeting with a different approach. 

"Neither of us can afford for anything like this to happen again," Bobinski said. "This was horrible at every level - for both programs and for the game." 

"The worst part was the scene," he added. "I was down the other end and was sick to my stomach watching it." 

Now the short-term future of the game likely shifts to Cincinnati's court - and whether Mick Cronin and his administration wish to continue the rivalry - or take some time off. 

Photo: AP
Comments

Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Xavier AD wants to continue Cincinnati series

The last three minutes of this game flew by.  UC rightly chose not to foul to slow down the game because it was a blow out.  Neither team had time to sub.  Ask yourself this question, if you are down by 23 points why run down the court and try to score with 12 seconds left?  Most teams dribble beyund half court and shake hands! 



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Xavier AD wants to continue Cincinnati series

ONE bad game makes for a trend? Play again, if you find things getting "prblematic" then you can yank the cord on this. Nobody is supporting such violence but one event doesn't make a trend and doesn't make reason to ruin a good thing for the entire community. Besides, (not supporting the violence) as long as they keep future games under control, this could be a godsend to both teams in the long run, loads of attention, probable top billing in the years to come when these teams meet, How many people even knew where Xavier was located? No news is bad news???



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:29 am
 

Xavier AD wants to continue Cincinnati series

Speaking of growing up why are the starters for Xavier still in the game with under a minute with a 20 point lead. I will tell you why. It was to pad the stats of the players and to make the coach look good.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I didn't notice Cincy pulling their startes either.  Maybe they should have.  It might have been an improvement.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:27 am
 

Xavier AD wants to continue Cincinnati series

Sure X wants to keep the series because they make money on the games and it gets them on TV.They need the game more than Cincy. UC should walk away as they get to play top teams in conference and make more money. X talks a good game but look at the suspensions they gave out. Way too little.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:31 am
 

Xavier AD wants to continue Cincinnati series

Of course this rivalry is going to continue. Administrators from both schools aren't about to kill a golden goose that has now gained national attention.

This game is not only a money maker for each program, but the widespread media coverage of this latest debacle will guarantee a spot on ESPN's programming lineup next December (and probably for the next two or three Decembers after that). Coaches and athletic directors crave this type of exposure for their programs.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:58 am
 

Xavier AD wants to continue Cincinnati series

Speaking of growing up why are the starters for Xavier still in the game with under a minute with a 20 point lead. I will tell you why. It was to pad the stats of the players and to make the coach look good.

Pitiful way to run a program. 



Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Xavier AD wants to continue Cincinnati series

Not condoning the actions, but leave rivalries alone already. They are what make college athletics great. Players get chippy, fans talk smack, emotions run wild. These are young men in college.


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