I heard about the infamous Curse of the Bambino growing up. I'll admit, it's sexier than the one that plagues Cincinnati. But it's real for the Bengals, and can also be traced to one man: Woody Harrelson.
Professional football and academia go hand-in-hand. A university, although often seen as a pillar of educational fortitude, is, like professional football, a business mostly concerned with winning money and the reputation game.