In the middle of a three-hour meeting in August, Dr. Will McIntosh, the dean of the University of Cincinnati's College of Business, gets a call.

It's Phil Cox, president of UC's Board of Trustees and CEO of Cox Financial Corp. He is requesting some different interns than the MBA students McIntosh recommended.

A heart-stopping moment for a new dean?

"Phil was laughing," McIntosh explains, with a hearty grin of his own. "He said the MBAs have too much firepower to intern in his office."
It's their private joke. Earlier this year, four part-time MBA students at UC won the first Business School Championship Series. Think of a cross between The Apprentice and the annual Crosstown Shootout, pitting the scrappy public school boys of UC against the suave Xavier Musketeers.

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