Monday, September 23, 2002

UC drops Midnight Madness for breakfast

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        There will be no Midnight Madness at the University of Cincinnati this year. Instead, there will be “Breakfast with Bob.” UC will host a breakfast for fans the morning of Oct. 12, the first day Division I basketball teams are permitted to practice this season.

        Details have not been finalized, but the event is expected to include complimentary doughnuts, bagels, coffee and juice, an autograph session with players, a poster giveaway, coach Bob Huggins talking about the team, and a brief open-to-the-public practice.

        Since 1990, with the exception of one year when there was a scheduling conflict, the Bearcats have introduced their team, held contests and an open-to-the-public scrimmage just after midnight of the day teams first were permitted to practice.

        Several schools are abandoning Midnight Madness events, including Xavier, which did away with it last year.

        “It lost some of its spunk,” UC athletic director Bob Goin said. “I felt we'd try something new. Our basketball program is so highly profiled, you think you know them. Well, let's let (fans) know them if we can. What's wrong with having a glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee with our players and talking to them about more than dunking the ball?”


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