Cincinnati Bearcats Nickname and Football History
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University of Cincinnati Facts and
History
  • Cincinnati Mascot: The Bearcat became the
    university's mascot in 1914.
  • School's Fight Song: Bearcat fans know it by
    heart and it's called "Cheer Cincy."
  • Cincinnati's oldest football rivalry: The school
    first played Miami University in 1888 and the two
    schools still square off annually for the "Victory
    Bell."  The school's contest against Louisville first
    began in 1929 and Cincy battles the Cardinals
    for the "Keg of Nails" Trophy.
  • Cincy's home football stadium - Bearcat football
    is played at Nippert Stadium
  • School's first bowl game: An appearance in the
    1947 Sun Bowl marked the university's first bowl
    game.  Cincinnati defeated Virginia Tech 18-6.
Naismith and John
Wooden Award Winner
Kenyon Martin was recognized
as College Basketball's best
player in 2000
 
The "Big O"
Oscar Robertson
While at Cincinnati, (1957-60)
Robertson led the NCAA in
scoring three seasons while
also helping the Bearcats to
capture the 1960 national
championship.  While playing
for Cincinnati and Milwaukee in
the NBA, Robertson was a
12-time NBA All-Star
 
Bearcats
NCAA Basketball
Tournament History
Men's NCAA Tournament
National Championships: 2
Under the direction of head coach Ed
Jucker, UC won back to back NCAA
championships

1961, 1962

NCAA Final Four Apperances
The Bearcats have made it to the Final
4 six times including an incredible 5
times in a row.

1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1992
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Cincinnati's Nickname: The
Bearcats
This costumed mascot's name mirrors the
University's Bearcats nickname given to its
athletic teams.  The nickname first took hold
in 1914 as a salute to a fiery player on the
school's football team.  Fullback Leonard K.
"Teddy" Baehr impressed UC fans so much
during a game against Kentucky, that a
cheerleader created a chant that "They may
be Wildcats, but we have a Baehr-cat on our
side."  The crowd follwed with "Come on,
Baehr-Cat!"  Cincinnati's 14-7 win over UK
was featured on the front page of the
student newspaper with a cartoon of a
desperate UK Wildcat being chased
by a creature labeled as a "Cincinnati Bear
Cat."
Nippert Stadium
The Bearcats football Stadium is the 4th
oldest playing site and 5th oldest stadium in
college football.  It was originally called
Varsity Field when it opened in 1901.  As
funds allowed, a brick and concrete
structure was built.  The stadium was
named after James Gamble Nippert who
was a player on the 1923 football team.  
Nippert died of blood poisoning after
sustaining a spike wound injury in the final
game of the season.  The stadium has a
capacity of 35,097 and once housed the
Cincinnati Bengals in the late 1960s.