ESPN Films has announced that on Selection Sunday on March 16th, in anticipation of the NCAA Tournament, they will be airing a film titled “Requiem for the Big East“. Ignoring the fact that ESPN releasing essentially a eulogistic documentary on a conference the Worldwide Leader in Sports personally dismantled just drips with irony, Cincinnati fans should take a special interest in this one. According to the man behind the mic Tom Gelehrter, UC head coach Mick Cronin will make an appearance in the film.
ESPN Films debuts a new 30 for 30 on Selection Sunday called “Requiem for the Big East.” Mick Cronin makes an appearance in opening montage
— Tom Gelehrter (@Tommy_G) February 24, 2014
Cincinnati joined the Big East decades after it was formed in 1979. However the Bearcats were deeply involved one of its best eras in the conference from the mid-2000’s up until the Big East transitioned to basketball-only membership after the 2012-13 season. By building UC back from the “self-Death Penalty” while facing top collegiate teams Syracuse, Louisville, Georgetown, and Marquette on a weekly basis, Cronin quickly understood just how sensational the conference truly was.
Additionally, as the rebuilding effort neared completion, Cincinnati became instrumental in strengthening Big East basketball as a whole. A notable peak in the conference, one that UC played a huge part, occurred in 2011 when the Big East earned a staggering 11 NCAA Tournament bids. It’s just a shame that it all came crumbling down two short years later.
So it only makes sense for Cronin to be involved in the 30-for-30 documentary and I will certainly be tuning into ESPN on March 16th to check out Mighty Mick on primetime TV. Hopefully he makes more of an appearance than just in the opening montage.