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What we’re hearing about Cincinnati athletics this offseason – The Athletic

CINCINNATI — It has been an eventful year-plus for Cincinnati Bearcats athletics, the current offseason included. Starting in February, on the heels of a College Football Playoff run, the university inked football head coach Luke Fickell to a lucrative contract extension through 2028, with additional promises toward a permanent indoor practice facility. Fickell and the football program have since continued their efforts to reload in 2022. Meanwhile, men’s basketball head coach Wes Miller has retooled the roster for his second season at the helm and landed a major recruiting win for 2023.

And earlier this month, the Bearcats finalized an early buyout from the American Athletic Conference and officially will join the Big 12 next summer before the 2023 football season.

With most students out for the summer and football season still a couple of months away, it’s a good opportunity for a roundup of notable developments within and surrounding a UC athletic department with bold aspirations and some significant changes on the horizon.

Big 12 money, nonconference football schedule and other updates

We won’t know the full, long-term scope of what Cincinnati will receive from the Big 12 in terms of television revenue until the new rights deal is negotiated, starting with the 2025-26 season. (This also means the Bearcats will be full members of the Big 12 after only two seasons, which is a pretty favorable transition period.) That obviously will be the most noteworthy development for the conference and the chief focus of newly announced commissioner Brett Yormark.

In the meantime, UC athletic director John Cunningham recently stated that Cincinnati’s prorated Big 12 revenue for its first two years in the conference will be “more than two times what we were making in the American Conference in terms of television media rights.”

Cunningham wouldn’t go into specifics on numbers, but based on reporting on the current AAC TV deal, annual revenue would have topped out around $7 million toward the end of the contract, which runs through 2031-32. (Cincinnati received just north of $6 million in payouts for the fiscal year 2021, according to documents obtained via public record requests, although that number could have been reduced because of the pandemic.) Judging by Cunningham’s comments, and in talking with various sources, it’s safe to assume UC will receive something in the $15 million to $20 million range from the Big 12 in each of those first two seasons — nowhere near a normal Power 5 payout but still a boon for the Bearcats even before the new TV deal lands.

Though not fully rubber-stamped just yet, it’s also expected that the new Big 12 will stick with nine conference football games in the early going. In terms of how that impacts Cincinnati’s future nonconference schedules, the Bearcats would need to move something off the 2023 docket, and the road leg of a home-and-home with NC State seems to be the most sensible option. (The Wolfpack are slated to travel to Nippert Stadium in 2029.) UC already has dates set for 2023 home games against Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 2) and Miami, Ohio (Sept. 16), and a road tilt with Pittsburgh (Sept. 9) but nothing yet for NC State.

Cincinnati has four nonconference games scheduled for 2026: Boston College and Western Kentucky at home; Miami, Ohio at Paul Brown Stadium; and an already rescheduled trip to face the Ohio Bobcats and finish that series. If the Big 12’s nine-game conference schedule is still in place by then, the chances of the Bearcats traveling to Athens seem slim. It’s also worth wondering whether the home game against Nebraska in 2025 …….

Source: https://theathletic.com/3391258/2022/06/30/cincinnati-athletics-big-12/

CINCINNATI — It has been an eventful year-plus for Cincinnati Bearcats athletics, the current offseason included. Starting in February, on the heels of a College Football Playoff run, the university inked football head coach Luke Fickell to a lucrative contract extension through 2028, with additional promises toward a permanent indoor practice facility. Fickell and the football program have since continued their efforts to reload in 2022. Meanwhile, men’s basketball head coach Wes Miller has retooled the roster for his second season at the helm and landed a major recruiting win for 2023.

And earlier this month, the Bearcats finalized an early buyout from the American Athletic C…….

CINCINNATI — It has been an eventful year-plus for Cincinnati Bearcats athletics, the current offseason included. Starting in February, on the heels of a College Football Playoff run, the university inked football head coach Luke Fickell to a lucrative contract extension through 2028, with additional promises toward a permanent indoor practice facility. Fickell and the football program have since continued their efforts to reload in 2022. Meanwhile, men’s basketball head coach Wes Miller has retooled the roster for his second season at the helm and landed a major recruiting win for 2023.

And earlier this month, the Bearcats finalized an early buyout from the American Athletic C…….

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