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Ohio Athletics Among Nation's Elite in Football and Men's Basketball

April 4, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - For the past four years, the Ohio University Athletic Department has shined on collegiate athletics' biggest stages as it has earned four straight postseason appearances in football and men's basketball.

Ohio joins BYU, Florida State, Florida, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin as the only Division I-A institutions that have played in four straight bowl games in football and have competed in the postseason in each of the past four years in men's basketball.

Among those seven teams, only Ohio, BYU, Florida State and Michigan State have won back-to-back bowl games.

"It has been exciting to see the unprecedented growth in Ohio football and men's basketball during the past five years," said Ohio Athletic Director Jim Schaus. "Success is always a team effort. Many thanks go to our student-athletes, coaches, staff, season ticket holders, donors and fans for making it a reality. I believe that our future is bright. Working together, I am confident that we can continue this pattern of growth for years to come."

Ohio's postseason success in men's basketball and football has helped drive a tremendous increase in its attendance numbers.

Since 2008, the Bobcats' football program has seen a 43 percent increase in overall attendance, while the men's basketball team has seen a 38 percent overall attendance boost. Student attendance also has experienced a significant amount of growth in both football and men's basketball, seeing 85 and 63 percent increases, respectively.

This past season, the Bobcats led the Mid-American Conference in average attendance in both football and men's basketball.

Through the MAC's television contract, the Bobcats football and men's basketball programs have experienced an unprecedented growth in visibility on the ESPN Family of Networks. Ohio has also made numerous appearances on CBS Sports' national platforms during the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Since 2008, Ohio football has seen a 100 percent increase in national television exposure, while the men's basketball team has seen a 550 percent increase in national appearances during that period.

In addition, Ohio University's Official Athletics' Website - OhioBobcats.com - has grown 84 percent in overall web traffic since 2008.