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Men's basketball, football put Ohio in unique group

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio University athletics ranks among the nation's elite in football and men's basketball.

Ohio is joined by BYU, Florida State, Florida, Michigan State and Wisconsin as the only NCAA Division I schools that have played in four consecutive football bowl games and went to the men's basketball postseason in each of the last four years.

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 in a news release. "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 football and men's basketball has helped drive a tremendous increase in its attendance numbers, the release said.

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 has also experienced a significant amount of growth in both football and men's basketball with 85 and 63 percent increases respectively.

Ohio was the 2012-13 Mid-American Conference leader in football and men's basketball average attendance.

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