Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Cincinnati attempting to sway the ACC
By Brent Sobleski
Cincinnati continues to do everything in its power to escape the sinking ship known as the Big East Conference. Bearcats' brass made overtures to join the Big 12 and the ACC. The school was rebuffed in both instances.
Cincinnati isn't giving up on its hope to join a power conference.
"The University of Cincinnati is about to spend its first $2 million on design for a new pavilion at Nippert Stadium, a project it’s actively pitching as it tries to win entry to a different athletic conference," Cliff Peale of the Leaf Chronicle reported.
"In January, UC sent a video description of the $70 million project to all of the Atlantic Coast Conference presidents, the latest sign that it’s still campaigning for a spot in that league."
The ACC already chose Louisville over Cincinnati to replace eventual Big Ten Conference league member Maryland. Cincinnati's best hope to land in the ACC is either the league decides to expand into a 16-team "superconference" or continues to be poached by the Big Ten or SEC.
Speculation persists that the Big Ten isn't done adding teams with Georgia Tech and North Carolina among those its interested. If that were to occur, Cincinnati's door into a top conference may finally open.