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Trevor Stephens
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  Message Not Read  Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 3/9/2023 1:25:49 PM 
It was announced on the Bobcat Track Tournament Live Show that Bobcat Caravans will be returning this spring and summer.

They will begin in NE Ohio on April 20th at Medina. with additional spots in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Columbus, Pickerington, and Athens. The Columbus location will be at the new Jackie O's restaurant. The Pickerington and Pittsburgh spots will be held as spots owned by Ohio Alums. They will finish the tour in Athens/The Plains at Eclipse; this show is the only one to be live-streamed.

More information will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Valley Cat
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 3/13/2023 12:07:14 PM 
Medina? Interesting. Location confirmed?
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 3/29/2023 9:52:29 AM 
Valley Cat wrote:
Medina? Interesting. Location confirmed?


Ugh. The email just came out. It was bad enough that they put it halfway to Akron but the actual venue is is at a business in an office park. I'm guessing it's an alum who generously donated the space but I can't think of a less appealing combo. Drive almost an hour each way to go to an office park - not my idea of a good time.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 3/29/2023 10:39:12 AM 
President Partner of Pride One Construction in Medina is Tim Courtad, OU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee (wrestling).

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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 3/29/2023 2:16:14 PM 
Recovering Journalist wrote:
Valley Cat wrote:
Medina? Interesting. Location confirmed?


Ugh. The email just came out. It was bad enough that they put it halfway to Akron but the actual venue is is at a business in an office park. I'm guessing it's an alum who generously donated the space but I can't think of a less appealing combo. Drive almost an hour each way to go to an office park - not my idea of a good time.


What are the other locations? I must not be in that higher-level of donation to receive emails.
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Trevor Stephens
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 3/30/2023 2:17:38 PM 
https://app.ohiobobcats.com/bobcatcaravan?fbclid=IwAR1uHX...

April 20th Medina, Ohio
Pride One Construction
6-8 PM

May 2nd Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Southern Tier Brewery
6-8 PM

May 4th Cincinnati, Ohio
Madtree Brewery
6-8 PM

May 9th Pickerington, Ohio
Combustion Brewery
6-8 PM

May 10th Columbus, Ohio
Location TBD (Previously reported that the Columbus location will be at the new Jackie O's restaurant via Bobcat Tracks)
6-8 PM

June 21st Athens, Ohio
Eclipse Company Store
6-8 PM

These events are FREE for ALL Bobcats and friends, though we do ask that you please take a moment to RSVP for the event. Questions about the 2023 Bobcat Caravans can be directed to mailto:bobcatclub@ohio.edu .

Last Edited: 3/30/2023 2:19:47 PM by Trevor Stephens

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shabamon
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 3/30/2023 2:50:04 PM 
Mad Tree is the perfect spot for Cincinnati in terms of location and appeal to different ages.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 3/30/2023 3:50:51 PM 
Recovering Journalist wrote:
Valley Cat wrote:
Medina? Interesting. Location confirmed?


Ugh. The email just came out. It was bad enough that they put it halfway to Akron but the actual venue is is at a business in an office park. I'm guessing it's an alum who generously donated the space but I can't think of a less appealing combo. Drive almost an hour each way to go to an office park - not my idea of a good time.


There's gotta be more to this. That's such an odd location and drive for all the Cleveland folks. New sponsor or construction perhaps? They mostly do multi-family and commercial stuff from the looks of their website, though.

Last Edited: 3/30/2023 3:53:02 PM by GoCats105

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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 3/30/2023 4:26:01 PM 
Just went by Pride One a half an our ago. It is only about 15 minutes from my house in Akron. Better for me than those downtown Cleveland locations. I would imagine everything you need will be available.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 4/5/2023 10:41:17 AM 
SBH wrote:
President Partner of Pride One Construction in Medina is Tim Courtad, OU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee (wrestling).



It's great that he donated the space and I mean nothing against him and his business, but it's an awful location for the "Cleveland" meeting. I'd rather patronize one of Bobby George's hellholes (aka Harry Buffalo) than drive 45 minutes each way to go to an office park.
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Alan Swank
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 4/16/2023 4:41:06 PM 
Recovering Journalist wrote:
SBH wrote:
President Partner of Pride One Construction in Medina is Tim Courtad, OU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee (wrestling).



It's great that he donated the space and I mean nothing against him and his business, but it's an awful location for the "Cleveland" meeting. I'd rather patronize one of Bobby George's hellholes (aka Harry Buffalo) than drive 45 minutes each way to go to an office park.


You could always offer to host it. I'm sure the department could use all the in kind help they could get.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 4/19/2023 6:22:17 PM 
Recovering Journalist wrote:
SBH wrote:
President Partner of Pride One Construction in Medina is Tim Courtad, OU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee (wrestling).



It's great that he donated the space and I mean nothing against him and his business, but it's an awful location for the "Cleveland" meeting. I'd rather patronize one of Bobby George's hellholes (aka Harry Buffalo) than drive 45 minutes each way to go to an office park.


Airport very very close by for commuter planes.

It is worth a try in Medina to see the numbers that will show up considering past years in downtown Cleveland haven't seen SRO type crowds.

Free parking and unless you have no access to I-71 or I77/I271 it takes less than 40 minutes--Oh, that may limit your alcohol intake!

Safe bet it will be a safe location to make it in and out safely. Mike Schmidt could blast one from my house to that location so I have bias.

Last Edited: 4/19/2023 6:23:05 PM by MonroeClassmate

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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 4/21/2023 10:00:04 AM 
It was actually very well done. Thanks to Mr. Courtad. It had an real intimate feel less like we were sitting in a bar and more like you were gathered with a group of buddies. Most likely because we weren't in a bar I assume. Anyway I wouldn't be bothered if they did it that way again.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 4/21/2023 10:33:29 AM 
I'm honestly happy to hear it went well and I get that I'm complaining about a free event. That said, the rough equivalent is if they had the Athens caravan in Logan or the Cincinnati caravan in Mason. I don't think it's the best way to maximize attendance and I stand by that.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 4/21/2023 11:26:02 AM 
I'm not arguing. I still think it should be more centrally located. I don't disagree at all. That being said it was cool. Relaxed. Metz, Barlow and Bolden were really good. Personable, and believe me I ask a ton of annoying questions. I always think we drop the ball. Show Cleveland how important a market it is. I didn't feel it was good enough going in but I complain about everything. That being said I had fun.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 4/21/2023 12:39:09 PM 
They don't even have the Athens one in Athens. They just go for sort of close.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 4/21/2023 1:16:24 PM 
Any good information revealed?
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   Posted: 4/22/2023 11:04:00 AM 
shabamon wrote:
Any good information revealed?


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It will be held at a course in Alabama in less than two weeks.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 5/3/2023 10:34:21 PM 
I just got an email with information about the Cincinnati stop tomorrow on the caravan. It says the speakers will be Julie Cromer, women's volleyball coach Geoff Carlston, assistant men's basketball coach Kyle Barlow and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Scott Isphording.

I find this disappointing, as past caravans have always included the head football coach and head men's basketball coach. No offense to these speakers, but this has nowhere near the same pull.

What happened to the "A" team?

(Addendum: The caravan stop last night in Pittsburgh was cancelled. What happened there?)

Last Edited: 5/3/2023 10:37:08 PM by lovebobcat

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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 5/4/2023 2:51:29 PM 
lovebobcat wrote:
I just got an email with information about the Cincinnati stop tomorrow on the caravan. It says the speakers will be Julie Cromer, women's volleyball coach Geoff Carlston, assistant men's basketball coach Kyle Barlow and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Scott Isphording.

I find this disappointing, as past caravans have always included the head football coach and head men's basketball coach. No offense to these speakers, but this has nowhere near the same pull.

What happened to the "A" team?

(Addendum: The caravan stop last night in Pittsburgh was cancelled. What happened there?)


Interesting.

I gotta imagine the Columbus stop will be jumping. Boals and Lamar don't live too far. Coach is a star. They can just jump in the car. Show up to the bar.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 5/4/2023 4:01:43 PM 
I think some of this is timing. The portal has made the life of a head coach even more crazy. This is now prime time. I very much enjoyed Kyle Barlow and Brian Metz. The seemed to be way more of an open book. Both very interesting.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 5/4/2023 10:04:45 PM 
lovebobcat wrote:
I just got an email with information about the Cincinnati stop tomorrow on the caravan. It says the speakers will be Julie Cromer, women's volleyball coach Geoff Carlston, assistant men's basketball coach Kyle Barlow and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Scott Isphording.

I find this disappointing, as past caravans have always included the head football coach and head men's basketball coach. No offense to these speakers, but this has nowhere near the same pull.

What happened to the "A" team?

(Addendum: The caravan stop last night in Pittsburgh was cancelled. What happened there?)


I'm back from the Cincinnati event. It was meh.

God bless all things OU -- and I appreciated the free pizza that was served -- but this event suffered from the lack of star power. Again, no offense to those who spoke, but I don't think I'll attend in future years if the head coaches aren't there. It was kind of like going to one of those Rohr Room pregame talks with an assistant coach, but this time there was no game following it.

There was a mention made that Coach Albin was entertaining portal recruits on campus, and I'm glad to hear about that legitimate reason for him missing this. Maybe Coach Boals had similar reasons to miss out and it just wasn't stated. It would be a little awkward if they appear in other cities and just missed Cincy.

I didn't get a chance to chat with Julie Cromer or others, but I'm guessing this sentiment will make its way to them through the grapevine.

Oh well. Let's just fast forward to football season and start playing games. I didn't need this event to get me excited about Bobcat athletics.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 5/5/2023 1:32:48 PM 
I attended the Cincinnati Caravan and enjoyed it. I thought it was well organized (maybe I'm biased, I won a Swag Bag). AD Cromer, Kyle Barlow, Scott Ishpording and Geoff Carlston did a good job as speakers.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 5/9/2023 10:41:26 AM 
Any interesting nuggets or insight?
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Caravans
   Posted: 5/9/2023 11:47:23 AM 
Is the Caravan still on for tomorrow night in Columbus? If so where? The only info above says the sight is TBD, but might be at Jackie O's. However, Jackie O's website says they are closed until Friday. I emailed the OU folks at the email address posted above a couple weeks ago, but never got a response.

Last Edited: 5/9/2023 11:57:19 AM by DXer

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