University of Cincinnati applies to Big 12

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Desmond Ridder #9 of the Cincinnati Bearcats throws a pass in the second quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field on October 20, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Desmond Ridder #9 of the Cincinnati Bearcats throws a pass in the second quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field on October 20, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The University of Cincinnati officially submitted its application to join the Big 12, and a university official with knowledge of the process expects the school to be accepted into the conference on Friday.

The Big 12 isn’t just a higher profile league than the NCAA American Athletic Conference — the payouts are higher, too. And it’s a move a lot of Bearcats fans have been waiting for.

Cincinnati’s application goes before the league’s leadership alongside applications from Brigham Young University, the University of Central Florida and the University of Houston. If all four are accepted, the league would return to its full roster of 12 teams, up from eight.

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