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Rufus offered the crowd some Bobcat spirit.

Photographer: Cheri Russo


Head Football Coach Frank Solich also spoke.

Photographer: Cheri Russo


This is the first time the event has been held on the Lancaster Campus.

Photographer: Cheri Russo

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Bobcat Caravan comes to Lancaster

Farifield County Fans and Alumni come out to support Bobcat Athletics

The Bobcat Caravan at Ohio University Lancaster Campus Tuesday night was almost like a state of the union address on Bobcat athletics. To sum up what was said, the state of Bobcat Athletics is strong.

About 75 fans and alumni were in attendance at the 4th annual event. This year it was held on the Herrold Hall patio right near the Lancaster bike path. In the past, the caravan has been held in the parking lot of a Lancaster restaurant.

“The Bobcat fans are always loyal. It’s great to have this on campus,” said Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith. “This is the first time we’ve had this on campus and we’re so glad to have it here.”

New Head Basketball Coach Jim Christian spoke at the event and said he knows there are big expectations this coming season after last season’s Sweet 16 run in the NCAA Tournament. Christian was hired in April.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Ohio University athletic family,” said Christian.

Head Football Coach Frank Solich also spoke and said he looks forward to another great Ohio Bobcat football season. Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is returning and he is a leader on the offensive side of the ball.

“Tyler Tettleton is tremendous,” said Solich. “His body language is never negative. He’s a positive guy and he’s tough. You can’t get him off the field with a ball bat!”

The football team won its first-ever bowl game last season, winning the Idaho Potato Bowl. But, both Solich and Christian told those at the caravan that there is still more to accomplish.

Christian joked that the only way he could be considered a success in his first year at the helm is if he takes the team to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament.

“That’s a lot of pressure. But, if I have to go past the Sweet 16, he better go to the Rose Bowl,” said Christian laughing and pointing at Solich.

The event was put on by the Ohio Bobcat Club and the Ohio University Alumni Association and was sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. The Bobcat Caravan makes its final stop this year in Parkersburg.