Sunday, February 14, 2016

Is A Possible Cincinnati Move To The Big 12 Picking Up Steam?

Expansion silliness

Here's possibly the least shocking news of the day. The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the University of Cincinnati is looking to join the Big 12.

University of Cincinnati president Santa Ono has been on a behind the scenes campaign with the goal of squiring an invite to join the Big 12. The Enquirer has obtained emails and other documents from the school in regards to its efforts to attempt to join a Power 5 conference

Cincinnati's reasons for seeking to join a Power 5 conference are obvious: The Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC)  have been putting more and more distance between themselves, the so-called "Group of Five" conferences (The American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt), and the independent FBS schools (Army, BYU, Notre Dame). 

Ono told the Enquirer that he was "optimistic" about Cincinnati's efforts to join the Big-12. 

While discussions between Big 12 members schools about expansion have happened recently, the conference doesn't seem to be  in any rush, though. Expect any movement on this subject to be on the continental drift level. 

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