ATHLETICS NAMES 2019 HALL OF FAME CLASS, BEARCATS CREATING PIKE TO BINNS BOBBLEHEADMay 06, 2019CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics will enshrine one of the most successful football teams in school history into the James P. Kelly UC Athletics Hall of Fame along with its longtime radio voice, Director of Athletics Mike Bohn announced Monday.
The 2009 University of Cincinnati football team, which finished with a perfect 12-0 regular season, won the BIG EAST Conference Championship and played in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl, will be inducted alongside the Voice of the Bearcats, Dan Hoard.
“We are thrilled to enhance the 10th Anniversary of the 2009 football season by inducting the team as a whole into the Hall of Fame,” Bohn said. “Adding the incomparable and iconic voice of Dan Hoard to this year’s class adds an inspirational dynamic in our salute to excellence. The achievements of the 2009 Bearcats, one of the greatest UC teams ever, are second-to-none in our football history and we look forward to unveiling additional exciting ways to commemorate their historic season.
“Dan Hoard is simply one of the best broadcast professionals in the nation. We are blessed to have him as our respected voice of the Bearcats. He’s a phenomenal representative of the University with an unparalleled work ethic.”
“I am honored, humbled, and quite honestly overwhelmed," Hoard said. "Having a front row seat to watch Kenyon (Martin), Melvin (Levett), SK (Sean Kilpatrick), Gary (Clark), Jarron (Cumberland), Gino (Guidugli), Tony (Pike), Mardy (Gilyard), Connor (Barwin), Travis (Kelce) and so many other great players has been more than enough of a reward. Being the Voice of the Bearcats has been a joy and a privilege for 19 years. I look forward to many more to come.”
While the 2009 team will be celebrated throughout the upcoming football season, the weekend of October 18-19, 2019 will feature the annual Legion of Excellence dinner on Friday and an in-game recognition during the football game against Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Nippert Stadium. The team will be welcomed back to Cincinnati and former Head Coach Brian Kelly will attend the Saturday recognition.