I hate tsun
‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ
Bearcat QB seeks revenge
Loss to OSU still stings
By Gary Parrish
August 10, 2004
Gino Guidugli hates Ohio State.
He won't exactly say this, of course, not with a reporter and a notebook in front of him. But just understand that he despises the Buckeyes and would love to beat them this year in his final opportunity to do so.
"I've got one more shot at them," said Cincinnati's senior quarterback. "We owe them one."
Around here the big game on Sept. 4 features the University of Memphis and Ole Miss. Leading into that weekend, Tigers and Rebels is all anybody will discuss up and down I-55.
In Ohio, however, they couldn't care less.
Not with the Bearcats and Buckeyes scheduled for national television that same afternoon. Not with the perennial underdog that is UC taking on the in-state and national power of OSU. Not with the endless story lines, among them:
A large portion of the UC roster is made up of in-state guys, most of whom were shunned by Ohio State in the recruiting process.
Former Buckeye defensive coordinator Mark Dantonio is the new coach at Cincinnati. He replaced Rick Minter, who was fired after a 5-7 season that ended with three straight losses.
And . . .
The last time these two schools met, in 2002, OSU had to come from behind in the fourth quarter, then take advantage of two Cincinnati receivers dropping balls in the final minute to win, 23-19.
It stands to reason that if either Jon Olinger or George Murray had caught those extremely catchable passes from the arm of Guidugli, UC would've beaten Ohio State for the first time since 1897. Furthermore, OSU probably wouldn't have gone on to win the national championship.
"You take nothing from a loss, not a (darn) thing," Guidugli said after that defeat in which he threw for 324 yards. "It hurts, hurts so bad. We had the No. 6 team in the country on the ropes, and we couldn't knock them out."
Predictably, Guidugli has calmed since that disappointing loss.
But not much.
He still thinks he should have won that afternoon, still believes that, at least on that day, his Bearcats were better than Ohio State, Maurice Clarett and the whole bunch.
"Gino played very well that game," Dantonio acknowledged, noting that because he had to prepare for Guidugli that year he's seen the UC quarterback many times, which made the transition to Cincinnati easier. "Right now, I think he's the best quarterback in Ohio."
Even better than the guys at your former school, Ohio State?
"I," Dantonio repeated, "think he's the best quarterback in Ohio."
With that, let the bulletin-board material begin. And if Guidugli has his way, he'll confirm his coach's claim next month and snap Cincinnati's 100-plus-year victory drought against Ohio State.
"We gave them a run for their money last time," Guidugli said. "Like I told you, we owe them one."
Found this on a UC site, not earth shattering smack but slightly annoying none the less.
The UC fans are signing the same song as Marshall and NCSU right now-"best team in years/we catch OSU reloading/we almost beat them last time/yadda,yadda,yadda".
If you believe the different MB's out there OSU isn't going to win a game untill we play IU and there are going to be 10 B10 champs and about 100 NC's.