After a couple of players skipped class earlier this year, new Cincinnati coach Butch Jones made the whole team show up at Nippert Stadium to run stadium steps one morning. It was 6 a.m., and the snow was falling.
Jones wondered how the team would respond to such a demand from the new guy in town. After all, the Bearcats have won the last two Big East titles. Maybe they felt they were too good for this kind of punishment.
Luckily, Jones said, that wasn’t the case. After he pitted different position groups against one on another, the whole team attacked the steps like it was playing a late November game.
“I almost had to slow them down because of their competitive nature,” Jones said. “Right then and there, I got excited because it showed me the type of individuals we’re working with here.”