January 7th, 2015 at 6:25 PM ^

...Cincinnati and southern Ohio as synonymous when it comes to this issue.  Cincinnati doesn't like Ohio State, but that's not true for the rest of the southern half of the state at all. 


January 7th, 2015 at 6:41 PM ^

There are a lot of OSU football fans in Dayton. It's a little over an hour away. A lot of people from my old high school went to OSU too.

It's strange though, they pull for OSU during football and UD for basketball.

Also, I know for a fact that there are lots of OSU fans in Dayton b/c there are a ton of trucking companies where I-70 and I-75 cross.


January 7th, 2015 at 6:48 PM ^

I'll say as a native Cincinnatian that OSU was not much of a presence when I was growing up. A lot of Xavier and UC fans were annoyed by the arrogance of any buckeye, and its tri-state location made for plenty of UK, Louisville and IU fans. Not to say that buckeyes were a minority fanbase, but it wasn't as big of a deal as I would imagine anything outside the area would've been. 

M Go Dead

January 8th, 2015 at 12:27 AM ^

I grew up in Wilmington, which is on I-71 basically equal distance from Columbus and Cincinnati. OSU football was by far the biggest college fanbase. Many people would root for OSU football but come basketball season would root for Xavier, UC, UK, Dayton, IU, Louisville or whomever.

I think once you start going north of King's Island you get into serious OSU football fandom. I'm not sure where "southern Ohio" ends but it is probably somewhere around there.


January 7th, 2015 at 9:51 PM ^

another Fairfield resident here. I'm originally from just outside of Columbus though so living down here is much better. People down here are much more into high school than college, as others mentioned. Cincinnati is the only place I've been where the question "Where did you graduate from?" means high school instead of college.


January 7th, 2015 at 7:28 PM ^

I was born and raised in a northern suburb of Cincinnati, and amongst the general population there is a general ambivalence towards OSU.  Most of my graduating class of 750 went to either Miami (NTM) or UC.  But for football players who have D-1 potential, OSU is the main attraction, mainly because there's no one else around.  Clearly UK (and Marrow) are changing that a bit, but it's still a slog.

Also, Kerry Coombs, OSU's CB and ST coach, was the coach at Colerain for years and is a bit of a local legend.  And since Colerain produces more D-1 talent than any other school in the area, OSU will always have an advantage in the city.


January 7th, 2015 at 9:27 PM ^

...but I'd take Moeller's list of D-1 talent over Colerain's without any question, and that's tbeen true for at least 50 years now. Who, before Bolden, has been a success at power-conference level from Colerain? B.J. Askew and Eric Kattus, but that was a long time ago.

Here's an interesting (perhaps not complete) list of former Cincinnati HS players now in the NFL. Totals by college:

  • Boston College 5
  • Cincinnati 4
  • Michigan State 2
  • Louisville 2
  • Ohio St. 2
  • Tennessee State 1
  • Kentucky 1
  • Notre Dame 1
  • OHIO 1
  • Kent St. 1
  • LSU 1
  • Miami (O) 1

I wonder if Dana Bible is largely responsible for that BC total. Four of the five were from his era--Kuechly is the only more recent player.

19 of the 22 went to one of the four big Catholic high schools.


January 8th, 2015 at 9:33 AM ^

I'd forgotten that O'Brien was a St. X grad too.

Bible went with O'Brien to NCSU and I was a little surprised they didn't have anyone on the list, but I suppose it was a bit easier to get the highest-level players from the local Catholic high schools to B.C. It's the next best thing to Notre Dame and in those days you got to play them every year.

M Fanfare

January 7th, 2015 at 6:52 PM ^

I grew up in Cincinnati. There weren't many Buckeye fans in the 1990s, but as soon as they won the national title in 2002, they were everywhere. Then when Brian Kelly started winning at UC, some of the a buckeye apparel went away and became Bearcats apparel.

Really, Cincinnatians are so desperate for a winner that they jump on the bandwagon of whatever local or near-local team is winning at the time.

CRISPed in the DIAG

January 7th, 2015 at 6:58 PM ^

The UC grads often hold a bit of resentment toward OSU.  A few years ago UC played OSU in PBS and nearly won.  The crowd - initially expected to be a virtual home field for OSU - pulled overwhelming for UC.  

Otherwise, I always felt like the Div I schools in Ohio showed some kind of strange deference to OSU.  A deference that, comparitively, UM doesn't enjoy in the state of Michigan.


January 7th, 2015 at 7:48 PM ^

...I've lived in Cincinnati for 19 years (yikes!), and there's plenty of unnatural Buckeye love going on in the area.  Our inner circle of neighborhood friends (~15 couples), almost all born and raised in Cincinnati, are ALL Buckeye Football fans.  Curiously,  maybe 1/3 actually attended OSU, with the rest going to schools like Dayton, Ohio U and Miami (NTM).  All colleges with football teams, yet they are all diehard, Walmart Buckeyes.  Attending last week's neighborhood Alabama/OSU party was insufferable. My only saving grace was a palpable curiosity and concern from everyone over HARBAUGH!!


January 7th, 2015 at 7:38 PM ^

I grew up in Oxford (home of Miami U ntm) and cincinnati - OSU wasn't a thing when I grew up. People followed the Redskins/RedHawks, bear cats and also Xavier and UD basketball. If you drive north an hour to Dayton it was a totally different ball game of buckstachery

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