Where it's really going to start helping is attendance which will then lead to better atmosphere for recruits.Fickell doing what Tuberville never did, hitting the local Tri-State area hard in recruiting won't pay off fully for at least another year but it is the key to any future to any long term success.
Finding a QB (or making Hayden Moore at least serviceable) will determine their short term success.
You just excluded Burrow^, FYI :laugh:I love to see Coach Fickell recruiting hard locally. There are tons of talent within a 100-mile radius. Yes, people will go to see the homegrown boys -- all other things being equal.
When we lost Kerry Combs we lost that Cincy niche in recruiting. Tubby never understood what a key that can be in UC's success.
Let's do keep in mind, though, that winning is the #1 criteria for drawing fans. The other factors are down the list. I'm confident that Luke can win with more of a local flavor than we've had for awhile -- perhaps since Kelly's days.
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/college/university-of-cincinnati/2017/12/21/bearcats-fickell-lofty-2018-recruiting-ratings-if-they-keep-track-we-want-win/973595001/You just excluded Burrow^, FYI :laugh:
Enjoy your blue grass hillbillies.
Tough to prepare for Chip Kelly's turbo offense in the preseason, but his Duck teams weren't known for their defense so we'll see what the UC offense can do. Cats keep in close in the 1st half but fall behind by multiple scores in the 2nd.UCLA is dealing with a fair number of suspensions/injuries for Saturday and it looks like they'll be starting Michigan transfer Wilton Speight at QB who was less than impressive last season before he got hurt in week 4.
If UC had a half-decent team they'd likely be very competitive against this UCLA squad but I don't expect this to be much of a game by the 4th quarter.