Former University of Cincinnati President, Nancy Zimpher came in gun slinging, in order to get the academics, especially in the Athletic Department, back on track. We all agree that what happened to Bob Huggins was clearly wrong. I had no objection to the firing, but don’t allow the man to recruit and get a team together and then right before the season starts fire him. That’s ridiculous. What has happened however, is a 180 degree turn in academics which she instilled back into the program.
This is a letter that was posted in the President’s Column during Zimpher’s time as UC’s President.
UC placed 218 student-athletes on the 2011 Big East Conference Academic All-Star Team. which is an increase from the 184 UC student-athletes named to the 2010 academic all-star team. A total of 10 UC programs achieved double digit counts on the team, including every student-athlete on both the men’s cross country (14) and women’s golf teams (11).
The UC football team placed a league-high 19 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big East Team and earlier this week, the football team was honored with Big East Team Excellence Award for having the highest team GPA among competing conference schools.
I feel that we should all applaud the UC Bearcat student-athletes for their efforts in not only putting UC back on the map athletically, but academically as well.