Big 12 expansion: Cincy's best endorsement yet ... from Big Ten coach Urban Meyer

Big 12 expansion is all the rage. There's as many as 18 schools that will reportedly get to make presentations to the Big 12 in hopes of receiving one of what is expected to be either two or four invitations to join the league in an expansion effort.

Even five years ago this process might have been the same for other leagues, but the volume was much different. For this round of conference realignment, it seems like everything is out in the open and it's absolutely fascinating.

Part of that process is going to be current Power Five coaches and administrators weighing in with support for schools in the running. That started long ago for Houston, which had University of Texas administrators jumping on Twitter to pledge support alongside Texas state officials. Boise State went presidential and used some choice quotes and photos of Barack Obama's visit to Idaho in documents sent to the Big 12 earlier this month.

Now Cincinnati's got its own famous fan in the form of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. The role of Ohio State football coach can be similar to that of a politician at a time like this, but Meyer's reasons for supporting the Bearcats are his own as he's an alum and fan of the school.

"I think they should be in the Big-12," Meyer said, via ESPN.com, at Ohio State's media day on Sunday. "I'm saying that without making all the research necessary to really make that comment. That's more of as a fan ... and my sister is a [vice] provost there, so I know that school very well. I couldn't be happier for that city and for that school if they do get in the Big 12."

Meyer earned his undergraduate degree from Cincinnati and played defensive back for the Bearcats before his football coaching career, which included a masters degree as a grad assistant job at Ohio State, took off. Hearing him vouch for the school's promotion into a Power Five should surprise no one, but it's still a powerful endorsement during the "campaign season" portion of this expansion process.

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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