From Lance McAlister, the king of sports talk in Cincinnati:
I started reading the new book by Josh Katzowitz on the beach yesterday….fantastic. Must read for UC fans. It details the history and rise of UC football. Great stuff on each era of UC football….including Jim Tressel’s interest in the job, the condition of the facilities at UC(hilarious story of foot coming through ceiling above the weight room), why Tim Murphy took a 40% paycut to leave UC and coach at Harvard, the impact Rick Minter and Bob Goin had on the program, and the shadow of Huggins on the program, plus much more.
He doesn’t mention the salty language in the book. But it’s there.
And by appearances, I mean radio appearances (so you don’t actually have to see me in the flesh).
Thursday, July 23, in studio with Lance McAlister on Sports Talk, 700-WLW, 8 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 17, the Jim Scott show, 9:50 a.m.
(10:11 a.m.): So, here’s a cool game. You have to put on your history thinking caps in order to do it, but it’s worth pondering if you’re a UC fan.
The set-up is this: as introduced by Sports Illustrated/KC Star columnist Joe Posnanski on his blog (he also generously wrote a back-of-the-book blurb for Bearcats Rising) is to name the top athletes at each school by sport. One for basketball, one for baseball, one for football and one Wild Card – which according to Pos “which could be any sport, anything semi-involving sport or if it’s good enough a cool alumni who has nothing at all to do with sports.”
Read the rest here.
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble on Fields Ertel. Two special guests have been confirmed.
From MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince:
You like reading, and you like football, right? Sure you do. So why not give, “Bearcats Rising,” my buddy Josh Katzowitz’s upcoming book on UC football, a shot?
(1:48 p.m.): Brian Kelly officially has signed his new five-year contract, and you know what that means? It means he thinks the Bearcats are on their way to competing for a BCS title.
Big East titles? Feh. Try national titles. That’s what he wants now. Big change of perspective than when he was hired in 2006.
“Then, we were talking about winning and being competitive in the Big East,” BK said. “Now we can talk about building a national championship program. No, we’re not there yet. This contract really signifies the university’s desires and wants to be a national player. That’s all I wanted. Are you happy just being in the Big East? Or do you want to do this as a BCS program and compete every year at this level? Those decisions had to be made, or I wasn’t signing it. They were able to put those pieces together that makes the university committed to being a BCS program.”
Read the rest right here.
Books by the Banks, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Duke Energy Center
I originally thought this book fair would be near the river (you know, it being on the “Banks” and everything), but I never really asked anybody where it was. Instead, it’ll be indoors a few blocks from the river. But there will be books aplenty there. And no UC football game that day (the Bearcats are at USF on Oct. 15). So, no excuses.
So, now when somebody asks me if they can have a free copy of Bearcats Rising, I’ll just point them in this direction. Since, you know, I don’t plan to make much money on ringtone sales.
I finished the book index late last night, and in reality, it wasn’t a terrible undertaking. I thought it would be brutal – going through each page and looking for names and events sounds awfully tedious to me – but it was more exciting than I thought (exciting, of course, being a relative term). Plus, I found a couple mistakes we could correct. After all the writing and editing and proofing we’ve done, I still don’t know why there were some mistakes I didn’t catch. For instance, there was a guy who played on the football team in the mid to late 1990s with the last name of Petrus. For some reason, I could have sworn his first name was David. But when I went to triple-check the name in the media guide, I couldn’t find a David Petrus. Instead, I located a Brent Petrus who played during those years. Sure enough, I went to quadruple-check, and yep, the guy’s name was Brent. Not David. How do mistakes like that happen anyway? Good thing, though. We’ve cleaned it all up for the book printing. There will be no mistakes, no typos, no misspellings. It’s going to be perfect.