With news Thursday that TCU has been invited to join the Big 12 conference instead of the school's planned move to the Big East, UC Interim AD Bob Arkeilpane made UC's position clear. Saying UC is not sitting on the side "watching the world go by" during the latest round of conference shakeups.
"Without divulging confidential information, please know that we are fully engaged in the conference realignment situation. Our top priority is to remain in the Big East Conference. But we are actively assessing the variables in conference realignment even before they come to light. UC approaches this from a very strong position academically, athletically and on the strength of the Cincinnati region. UC is a top 25 public research university, with 11 programs ranked in the top 10 nationally. In athletics, we have been the BCS representative for the Big East in football for two of the last three years and our men's basketball team played in the NCAA tournament. Our region is home to nine Fortune 500 companies and our media market is the 34th largest in the country," Arkeilpane said.
Arkeilpane added that added public support and attendance at UC athletic events would enhance UC's position on the college sports landscape.
With the potential loss of TCU, the Big East conference is down to six football playing members. The Bearcats (4-1) take on Louisville October 15th at Paul Brown Stadium.
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