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Cincinnati reportedly batting its eyes at ACC

Butch Jones AP

Just as the Big East officially added Tulane and East Carolina as futures members Tuesday afternoon, it appears another is looking to jump ship.

Maryland announced a little over a week ago that it would be departing the ACC for the Big Ten in 2014, a move that may or may not come with a $50 million exit fee.  The early speculation was that UConn was a near-lock to replace the Terps if the ACC added just one more team to get back to 14 future members, with Louisville holding an outside shot as well.

Both of those schools are Big East members, as is Cincinnati, which according to ESPN.com “is making a strong push to gain admittance to the ACC with a campaign about why the school is a more viable option than fellow Big East members Connecticut and Louisville.”

UC’s approach in its pitch to the ACC is reportedly multi-pronged, including the success of the football/basketball programs over the last several years; the Cincinnati television market — No. 35 in 2011-12 according to Nielsen, putting it below Hartford (30th) and above Louisville (48th); “the fertile Ohio football recruiting ground,” which is currently and will continue to be lorded over by Ohio State and Urban Meyer when it comes to prime football recruits; and the university as a research institution.

The source told the the website’s Andy Katz that “Cincinnati officials are cautiously optimistic that the Bearcats are in step with both Louisville and UConn if the ACC were to choose just one school to replace Maryland.”

The ACC has no timeline, at least publicly, on when it will replace Maryland.

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15 Responses to “Cincinnati reportedly batting its eyes at ACC”
  1. huskersrock1 says: Nov 27, 2012 7:53 PM

    All the rats are jumping from the ship, in this case the ship being jumped to is also on fire.

  2. charles130 says: Nov 27, 2012 8:24 PM

    ACC is better off with UConn than Maryland.

  3. dinklespiel says: Nov 27, 2012 8:27 PM

    Zinzinati vill be at der bottom of der pickle barrel mit un move to der ACC.

  4. thegamecocker says: Nov 27, 2012 8:51 PM

    @charles130

    No they are not better off without Maryland. That is just the stupidest thing I’ve read all day. You must be a UConn “homer”. UConn brings far less than either Louisville or Cincy. Their football program leaves much to be desired and the basketball program is on probation. That is the last issue the ACC wants to deal with. Louisville brings better football and basketball and equal academics than UConn. UConn is a renegade school who has athletes but no scholars :)

  5. thefiesty1 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:31 PM

    Cincy is NOT on the Atlantic Coast just like Boise is not in the East. What a bunch of dolts!

  6. dmcgrann says: Nov 27, 2012 10:44 PM

    Yeah, but it’s probably hotter and more humid in Cincinnati in the summer than in Clemson!

  7. lbijake says: Nov 27, 2012 11:12 PM

    It is humorous to see allnthe schools flee the Big East once the all-powerful Temple Owls joined. Fear the Owls, Hoot, Hoot!!!

  8. 111um says: Nov 27, 2012 11:22 PM

    @thegamecocker

    I am just curious as to where you get your information from. Louisville is nowhere near equal to UCONN academically. UCONN is top 70 and Louisville is 160 and Cincy is 139. Louisville would be the worst academic institution in the ACC by a long shot. Worst ACC school currently is NC State at 109. Not to mention they did not let West Virginia in because of their academics and they are 165. Cincy stadium only holds 35,000 where both Louisville and UCONN hold more. I know UCONN’s stadium was designed to be easily expanded.

    Not sure how you figure both the basketball programs are equal to UCONN either. Last I checked neither school has won a national championship in the past 20 years. And its funny you mention the probation because Louisville football lost scholarships this year because of their APR scores. Football does not get banned from Bowls for low APRs.

  9. pastabelly says: Nov 27, 2012 11:24 PM

    UConn is a better fit in the ACC academically and regionally. They also have natural rivalries in the conference. Cinci is a distant third.

  10. thegamecocker says: Nov 27, 2012 11:47 PM

    @um111

    Perception is reality and Louisville has a superior football program and basketball program than UConn. Both schools are considered average academically. Frankly if one applies oneself, he can obtain a first rate education at any college or university in this country. Just because UConn is located in New England does not make it an elite university. BC is an “island” in the ACC and that is exactly what UConn would become. You don’t want to be under the thumb of John Swofford and the NC power structure. You will be miserable. UConn is a charter member of the Big East in football and basketball. Once UMass enters the Big East, it will make for a great basketball conference again. My point is UConn should remain in the Big East and not worry about joining the ACC. You’re fine where you are at.

  11. quizguy66 says: Nov 27, 2012 11:54 PM

    “Batting its eyes”?!?

    Probably more like “Lifting its shirt” – gotta think it’s desperation time for UC.

    -QG

  12. norcalirish says: Nov 28, 2012 8:36 AM

    Possibly irrelevant.

  13. pastabelly says: Nov 28, 2012 9:01 AM

    thegamecocker says:Nov 27, 2012 11:47 PM

    Perception is reality and Louisville has a superior football program and basketball program than UConn. Both schools are considered average academically. Frankly if one applies oneself, he can obtain a first rate education at any college or university in this country. Just because UConn is located in New England does not make it an elite university. BC is an “island” in the ACC and that is exactly what UConn would become. You don’t want to be under the thumb of John Swofford and the NC power structure. You will be miserable. UConn is a charter member of the Big East in football and basketball. Once UMass enters the Big East, it will make for a great basketball conference again. My point is UConn should remain in the Big East and not worry about joining the ACC. You’re fine where you are at.
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    Where do we start with this one.

    (1), there is no longer a Big East as we know it. Swofford has systematically picked off the football/basketball schools in order of preference. UConn’s geographic home is now the ACC.
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    (2) that’s a specious argument in trying to find academic equivalence between UConn and Louisville. I suppose you could make the same argument between Harvard and Louisville.
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    (3) Louisville’s superior football program lost at home to UConn four days ago. They do attract more fans. UConn has a bigger tv market and a higher upside and established rivalries in the ACC.
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    (4) The way Louisville gets in is if FSU and Clemson give the ACC an ultimatum saying they will bolt for the Big 12 unless it’s Louisville over UConn. That is Louisville’s only path to the ACC which cuts off UConn.
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    The ACC should split into two divisions with the former Big East schools (Miami, VA Tech, BC, Syracuse, Pitt, UConn) and Virgina in the North and the others (UNC, NC State, GT, Clemson, WF, Duke, and FSU) in the South. For hoops, ND goes in the north with its traditional rivals.
    For what it’s worth, I don’t like UConn. They sued the ACC and were hypocrites right up to the end. But the ACC appears to be a natural home for UConn right now. It is the ATLANTIC coast conference and not a mideast conference.

  14. pastabelly says: Nov 28, 2012 9:21 AM

    For what it’s worth, (4) will happen and Louisville will get in. FSU and Clemson will get their way. I suppose Clemson is owed a favor for voting for the $50 million exit fee. Looks like UConn is still on the outside looking in.

  15. thegamecocker says: Nov 28, 2012 9:58 AM

    @pastabelly

    .Besides Pitt and Syracuse, who are the “established rivalries” UConn has?
    .G-Town, Marquette, St. Johns, Memphis, Temple, Villanova, etc. are still good Bball schools and UConn is a Bball school.
    .One win over Louisville 4 days ago does not make UConn a better program than the Cardinals. To your point they attract more fans.
    .Yes, I could make the same argument about Harvard and Louisville on a per-student basis. Yes, the SAT scores are higher for the average Harvard student. But if you take the top students at Louisville and those at Harvard, the scores would not differ that much. A 800 in English or Math at Louisville is the same score at Harvard. You’re painting yourself as an elitist….that’s not nice!

    BTW, I enjoy angel hair bolognese (Sp?).

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