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