Following the University of Cincinnati's men's basketball 85-69 loss to the University of Houston Sunday afternoon, UC head coach Mick Cronin said his team will have a tryout tomorrow to find out who will be going to the upcoming American Athletic Conference tournament in Memphis this coming week.
He began by mentioning Luke Fickell, the head football coach at UC.
"I may call Coach Fickell," Cronin said. "We'll see. I don't know [when] his guys start spring ball. We'll have tryouts tomorrow at 3 o'clock. I'm not being funny. 3 o'clock tomorrow, we'll have tryouts to see who goes to Memphis."
Cronin provided further reasoning for the idea.
"See the beauty of college is you keep your scholarship," Cronin said. "But if you're going to get on the plane and represent the team that I coach, you're going to block out and then you're going to go after the ball. That's not really rocket science."
UC was out-rebounded 42-28 in Sunday's loss.
When asked if he was serious about the tryouts, Cronin confirmed.
"Yeah," Cronin said. "Oh yeah. Of course."
Cronin does have prior experience coaching football players, most notably current NFL free agent Connor Barwin. Due to injuries to the basketball team, Barwin played for Cronin while at UC from 2005-07. He averaged 1.5 points and 2.5 rebounds as a freshman in 2005-06.
The UC football team began spring practice Saturday morning. They finished 11-2 in 2018 and won the Military Bowl.
Watch the post-game interview with Cronin — discussion of the tryouts begins at 2:04 into the video: