Cincinnati is one of many teams vying for a spot in the Big 12 in the next, inevitable round of conference expansion.
The Bearcats got support for the move on Sunday from one of the most recognized names in college football – one who also happens to be a Cincinnati graduate. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, a Toledo native who played defensive back for the Bearcats in the mid-1980s, voiced his support for the move of his alma mater to a Power 5 conference.
“I am a graduate, a fan. I think they should be in the Big 12,” Meyer told reporters on Sunday, according to ESPN. “I’m saying that without making all the research necessary to really make that comment. That’s more of as a fan … and my sister (Gigi Escoe) is a provost there, so I know that school very well. I couldn’t be happier for that city and for that school if they do get in the Big 12.”
Meyer’s Buckeyes are currently the only Power 5 program in Ohio, so if Cincinnati would join the Big 12, it could present a larger in-state recruiting challenge for Ohio State.
“That Big 12 is big business,” Meyer said, referencing recruiting
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Cincinnati is one of at least 18 teams that has contacted the Big 12 about joining the conference, which currently sits at 10 teams. The Bearcats went 7-6 last season and are currently part of the 12-team American Athletic Conference.