The University of Cincinnati and AD Whit Babcock announced today that they have signed an agreement for the Bearcats to face the Michigan Wolverines in both Football and Basketball.
The two schools will face off in football at Michigan Stadium on September 9th, 2017. It is the first matchup for two of the oldest football programs in the country. Michigan will also pay Cincinnati $1.2M to come to Ann Arbor.
Both sides also agreed on a two game home and home match up in basketball. Those games will occur during the 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 seasons. The two schools have met four times, most recently during the famed “Fab 5″ era at Michigan when the two schools met in the 1992 final four, Michigan walked the winners.
This is a huge signing for Cincinnati in both sports. With the American 12 being an incredibly weak conference the Bearcats need to bolster their schedules. What better way than adding the most storied football program in the country and a basketball team on the up and up much like Cincinnati.
It is likely Cincinnati will be a member of the ACC when these games are set to take place. That is another positive, not only will their conference schedule be strong but their out of conference schedule will look great as well. Hats off to Whit and his staff.