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Cincinnati asked Urban Meyer to make a pitch for university’s quest to join ACC

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer yells to his players during the first half of their NCAA college football game against Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus AP

The lengths some universities will go not to be left out of the changing college athletics landscape.

The latest round of shifting saw Maryland and Rutgers leave the ACC and Big East, respectively, for the Big Ten, with Big East member Louisville subsequently replacing the Terps as the ACC’s 14th team. But as ESPN.com reported late last month during the game of conference musical chairs, Cincinnati was also doing its darndest to break free from the Big East, which had already gone into acquisition “beast mode” — if you want to call it that — by completing its transformation into Conference USA.

Thanks to a little digging with some help from the Freedom of Information Act, the Cincinnati Enquirer was able to uncover UC’s campaign for ACC membership. That included reaching out to a notable alum and Ohio State coach, Urban Meyer, for assistance in making the pitch:

The email and other documents, obtained by The Enquirer through an Ohio Public Records Act request, also show that UC tried to enlist Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer, whose sister works at UC. Urban used to coach at Notre Dame, which has joined the ACC for sports other than football.

But Meyer eventually backed away from that request.

“While he is comfortable telling folks he cares deeply for UC and that he knows we are a great school, with great people and great leadership, he thinks his calls would feel contrived and that they would not have an impact,” wrote Gigi Escoe, a vice provost at UC and Meyer’s sister, to Babcock Nov. 27.

The connection is certainly there. In addition to being an alum, Meyer was also a former assistant at Notre Dame, now a full member of the ACC for all sports except football and hockey. But UC’s aggressive push, which included phone calls and brochures to every ACC member from UC president Santa Ono, fell short. The Cardinals moved to the ACC on Nov. 28.

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10 Responses to “Cincinnati asked Urban Meyer to make a pitch for university’s quest to join ACC”
  1. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 11, 2012 12:56 PM

    “member for all sports but football and hockey”

    Well then for the purposes of “collegefootballtalk.com”, they’re not a member.

  2. metroplexfrog says: Dec 11, 2012 1:03 PM

    Wow, that’s incredible. Good luck with all that.

  3. deadeye says: Dec 11, 2012 1:14 PM

    Urban pitching Cincy to the ACC would have gone over like a lead balloon. The BIG10 is the main conference in the process of slicing up the beleaguered ACC.

  4. fnc111 says: Dec 11, 2012 1:59 PM

    deadeye,

    The big ten is a joke. The big east is what’s getting sliced up. Do some research.

  5. deadeye says: Dec 11, 2012 4:20 PM

    @fnc111

    You’re quite the visionary, quoting yesterday’s news. The Big East has been getting sliced up for over a decade, they were finished when TCU and WVU left. Now it’s the ACC’s turn.

  6. thegamecocker says: Dec 11, 2012 5:19 PM

    The ACC will eventually be chopped up and frankly, I cannot wait. Football rules the roost, and there are only a few football centric schools in that conference and many “wanna-be’s”. According to Feinbaum, UNC will eventually be a B1G school. Duke will cry like a a lil bitz. But like someone said on another post: eat a cookie, everything will be all right.

  7. handsofsweed says: Dec 11, 2012 6:46 PM

    Why would Urb want an ACC team in the same state, just down the road? Upping Cincinnati’s recruiting profile is not in the best interest of Ohio State in terms of locking up all the quality in Ohio. Cincy in the ACC may help siphon off some of the depth that the Buckeyes will have on the roster, and quite possibly a some starters. Not saying it WILL happen, just that why would he even want to allow for the possibility to occur?

    (Note: I’m NOT mashing on anyone else’s conference or making arrogant fanboy statements about OSU at all.)

  8. tendigitpoet says: Dec 11, 2012 9:05 PM

    UCincy’s bid to join the ACC is the same as its earlier transition to the Big East: a basketball move designed to up its hoops profile. The decimation of BE by the ACC is defeating the purpose of that, so that’s why they want to join the ACC. Problem there is, the ACC is now also a conference in turmoil, and could become soon what the BE already is: a dead conference walking.

  9. tg1896 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:36 AM

    thegamecocker-

    Great info. You’re getting the inside scoop on UNC from an Alabama radio host. Brilliant. (just in case that doesn’t translate well – it’s called sarcasm).

    SC was irrelevant before Spurrier and they’ll be irrelevant again – as soon as he gets tired of all the stoopid questions.

  10. thegamecocker says: Dec 12, 2012 9:00 AM

    @tg1896

    I smell a UNC fan afraid of CHANGE! Oh no, I guess that means the UNC might actually have some real basketball competition if they join the B1G! Look here you elite wannabe putz, UNC isn’t any better than USC (translate to THE University of South Carolina) or virtually any of the other SEC schools. You have a football program that has experienced some real serious academic cheating scandals and is on probation. You have never been relevant in the most important revenue generating sport (football, jackweed) and probably won’t be for awhile.

    One last thing: listen to Paul Feinbaum on Serius Radio and try and learn a little something! Jim Delany is a UNC grad and will go out of his way to make life tough for the ACC after what Notre Dame did! Can you follow that? Have someone read this post to you!

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