2018 has been a pretty great year to be a fan of the Cincinnati Bearcats. From men’s basketball winning the American Athletic Conference to the football team returning to a bowl for the first time since 2015, there were high points all season. There were also some low points (men’s basketball’s loss to Nevada in the NCAA Tournament and the firing of Jamelle Elliott as women’s basketball head coach). Below are a collection of the most-read stories at Down the Drive for the last 12 months.
During the college football offseason, we decided to tackle a subject that nobody had any strong opinions on: college football uniforms. This was the first entry, where Clayton called Maryland’s duds “consistently tacky as the psychedelic NASCAR flag that serves as the Old Line State’s standard” and I began my crusade against the color maroon. We then found out that a lot of people have strong opinions on this subject.
Geno Auriemma called the firing of Jamelle Elliott “positively disgraceful.” Clayton agreed with the Huskies head coach, citing UC’s return to the postseason and their best record in 15 seasons.
During a year when the present basketball team was winning 30 games, readers were just as focused on the future. Our breakdown of Hardnett’s commitment was a particularly popular piece.
Even though UConn was the heavy favorite to win, the AAC women’s tournament featured one of the best UC teams in years. The Bearcats were the No. 4 seed in a field that featured other strong foes like USF, UCF and Houston.
After the men’s basketball collapsed in the NCAA Tournament, optimism was running low, but that doesn’t mean it was non-existent. The Bearcats have rewarded those who still believed so far this season, going 11-2 through their first 13 games.
Perhaps the greatest reason to be hopeful was Jarron Cumberland, who became an absolute star during last year’s NCAA Tournament and has been exceptional to start the current season.
Was Cumberland’s ascension one of the nine things we predicted for the Bearcats in 2018-19?
Ranked from least Diacoesque to most Diacoesque.
We introduced a new offseason feature this year where we ranked the five best and five worst things in a number of categories. Reshaping history by way of alternate NBA Finals results was one topic we tackled.
Even after losing their three best players, the Bearcats adjusted by building a team with a lot of versatility. We’ll see over the next few years how well that pays off.