Urban Meyer supports Cincinnati Bearcats joining Big 12

Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville watches the action during a game against Ohio State on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
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Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville watches the action during a game against Ohio State on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer threw his support behind his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, joining the Big 12.

Cincinnati is one of 18 teams being considered by the Big 12, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, along with Air Force, Arkansas State, Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Connecticut, Eastern Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Northern Illinois, New Mexico, San Diego State, Southern Methodist, Temple, Tulane, Central Florida and South Florida.

At Ohio State Media Day on Sunday, Meyer said he wouldn’t be conflicted by having a program from another power conference in Ohio.

“I am a graduate, a fan,” Meyer said. “I think they should be in the Big-12. I’m saying that without making all the research necessary to really make that comment. That’s more as a fan. My sister’s a provost there and so I know that school very well and I couldn’t be happier for that city and for that school if they do get in the Big-12.”

Meyer, who graduated from UC in 1986, conceded it would affect Ohio State’s recruiting efforts in Ohio.

“I bet it would,” he said. “That Big-12 is big business.”

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