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Cincinnati still batting its eyes at ACC

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Even as the Big East is on the verge of inking a new television deal, one of its members is still very publicly hiking up its skirt and showing some leg to another conference.

Back in late November, a report surfaced that Cincinnati had attempted to enlist the help of former Bearcat defensive back and current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer in UC’s efforts to garner an invitation from the ACC.  While Meyer declined, those efforts continued into the next month.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, and subsequently followed up on by CBSSports.com, the university “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 $70 million project refers to improvements to Nippert Stadium, the football home of the Bearcats.

The paper further writes that “[a]s part of the process of selling UC to ACC member schools, [president Santa] Ono also sent holiday cards to each of the ACC presidents.”  Based on the latest reports, a greeting card is the least a Big East school could/should do as part of its wooing efforts; membership in the ACC could be worth at least eight times as much in annual television revenue — $17 million versus a rumored $2 million — when compared to the future financial prospects of current Big East members.

As far as the Nippert renovations go, the proposed project would add about 1,200 box seats, 44 loge boxes and 28 private suites, and would be completed late in the summer of 2015.

After the ACC lost Maryland to the Big Ten, Cincinnati and fellow Big East members Louisville and UConn were mentioned as potential replacements, In late November, it was announced that Louisville had been added as an ACC member, continuing an 18-month-long mass exodus from the Big East. Unfortunately for all involved, that may not be the last defection.

Rumors continue to persist that the Big Ten could be looking to perform another raid on the ACC.  In fact, just this afternoon the 247Sports.com website dedicated to Maryland sports tweeted that Virginia is “being mentioned as likely to join” the B1G, while Georgia Tech — another source of speculation as it relates to the Midwest conference — is still in the mix.  The website went so far as to write that North Carolina, “the big domino, has an offer” from the Big Ten.  The website goes on to refer to the Tar Heels as “the apocalyptic domino.”

Such a development involving any of those current ACC schools would certainly be good news for the likes of Cincinnati and UConn, but yet another round of bad news for the Big East.

It should be noted that, back in early December, reports that Georgia Tech and Virginia were in the midst of negotiations with the Big Ten were almost immediately shot down and debunked by all involved.

One thing appears to be certain in the latest round of speculation, though: anyone hoping for a quiet offseason on the expansion front (raises hand vigorously) will likely be sorely disappointed.

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15 Responses to “Cincinnati still batting its eyes at ACC”
  1. fitz66 says: Feb 19, 2013 3:00 PM

    The ACC will be tripping over itself to add Cincinatti once the B10 raids it again.

  2. ajarkoski says: Feb 19, 2013 3:26 PM

    The door will open wide also for the SEC to grab a team or two. 16 teams would be the final number for leagues, right? SEC and B1G would be maxed out?

  3. bertenheim says: Feb 19, 2013 3:29 PM

    UNC isn’t going anywhere without Duke.

  4. bertenheim says: Feb 19, 2013 3:35 PM

    Was a time when academics would have prevented the ACC from going near Louisville or Cincinnati.

  5. deadeye says: Feb 19, 2013 3:54 PM

    “It should be noted that, back in early December, reports that Georgia Tech and Virginia were in the midst of negotiations with the Big Ten were almost immediately shot down and debunked by all involved.”

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    Yeah, I suppose Maryland and Rutgers worked out their deal with the BIG10 over dinner one evening at Chili’s.

    Discussions between conferences and universities take a long time. Non-disclosure agreements are normal for these meetings, and both the university and conference would have egg on their face if officials ackowledged the meetings and nothing ever resulted from it.

    It’s always denied by officials, until it’s official. The UMd and Rutgers news didn’t come out until a day or two before. UVA and #16 will be exactly the same way.

  6. daiatlas says: Feb 19, 2013 4:06 PM

    Bull… Non-disclosure agreements are NOT normal for these “meetings.” Many of the parties involved are state schools… meaning your typical “non-disclosure agreement” will not survive a Sunshine Act request. University administrators know this; so, they don’t bother with useless tools such as NDAs.

    No, these conversations happen completely away from the University. They use personal e-mail accounts to communicate (if they are dumb – because that leaves a record). Or they use personal phones to communicate. They talk face-to-face somewhere. They communicate through non-University affiliated agents or entities… such as Foundations. <– Much more likely. When there is something to say, the folks inside the University do not write it down… it is a face-to-face meeting with the President or Board.

  7. whitdog23 says: Feb 19, 2013 4:19 PM

    bertenheim:
    “Was a time when academics would have prevented the ACC from going near Louisville or Cincinnati”

    The only conference interested in academics EVER is the Ivy League. Quit kidding yourself Bert.

  8. drummerhoff says: Feb 19, 2013 4:42 PM

    @daiatlas:

    Check out this WP article about how it went down:

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-12-11/sports/35767358_1_president-wallace-d-loh-college-athletics-acc-commissioner

  9. guinsrule says: Feb 19, 2013 5:31 PM

    “one of its members is still very publicly hiking up its skirt and showing some leg to another conference”
    ———-

    Sorry lady, maybe in 1950, “some leg” might have worked, but these days, you’ll have to do a lot better…

  10. normtide says: Feb 19, 2013 7:45 PM

    Cincinnati seems like it would be a good catch for the ACC or Big 12. There is some really good high school ball being played in Ohio. Cincy is the type of school that could take off in the right league.

  11. jkulha86 says: Feb 19, 2013 8:11 PM

    My team plays in the B1G, but 14 is enough teams. These super conferences are going to run college football.

  12. deadeye says: Feb 19, 2013 8:31 PM

    “My team plays in the B1G, but 14 is enough teams. These super conferences are going to run college football.”

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    @jkulha86, I think you meant super conferences will “ruin” college football.

    It’s all a matter of perspective, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I actually think 16 team conferences are the ideal, four divisions of four teams each. Then you have three post-season games to determine a conference champion. Four super conferences send their champion and three more games are played. It will rival the NFL in popularity, IF it ever comes to fruition.

  13. deadeye says: Feb 19, 2013 8:34 PM

    “Cincinnati seems like it would be a good catch for the ACC or Big 12. There is some really good high school ball being played in Ohio. Cincy is the type of school that could take off in the right league.”

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    @normtide

    Yeah Cincy has some nice traits. I think they are destined for the ACC after UVA and either UNC/GT leaves. The BIG10 won’t take them due to lacking AAU and duplication of market. But yes, they’ll do well in the ACC.

  14. mcjon22 says: Feb 19, 2013 9:08 PM

    “In fact, just this afternoon the 247Sports.com website dedicated to Maryland sports tweeted that Virginia is “being mentioned as likely to join” the B1G, while Georgia Tech — another source of speculation as it relates to the Midwest conference — is still in the mix.”

    ‘Why doesn’t anyone want me?’

    The Florida State University

  15. lbijake says: Feb 19, 2013 9:54 PM

    It should be noted that Big East teams are not running TO the ACC and BIG10, they are running FROM the Temple Owls.

    They all fear the Owls. Hoot, Hoot!!!

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