Nickname and Football History
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."
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.
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.
Men's NCAA Tournament National Championships: 2
Under the direction of head coach Ed Jucker, UC won back to back NCAA championships
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