- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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This should really, really please Cincinnati fans.
Ohio State is in discussions to play its 2013 spring game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, encroaching right into the heart of Bearcats territory. As ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett explains, the move is one born out of necessity and strategy for the Buckeyes.
Necessity because Ohio Stadium is set to undergo renovations next spring. Strategy, because, well, Urban Meyer wants to own the entire state of Ohio and Cincinnati has been an area that the Buckeyes have had a tough time making inroads in the past several years. He did hire Cincinnati defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs in his first hostile move against the Bearcats earlier this year.
This would be another salvo fired in the direction of the Bearcats, the only other major FBS program in the state of Ohio. A program, by the way, that just won a share of its third Big East championship in the past four years while the Buckeyes struggled to finish 6-7.
Cincinnati fans already are pretty peeved that Ohio State refuses to play the Bearcats in Cincinnati. The Bearcats were forced to move their previously scheduled 2012 game -- which was set for Paul Brown Stadium -- after they thought TCU was going to join the Big East. The next two games in the series -- in 2014 and 2018 -- will now be played in Columbus. Meyer, by the way, is a Cincinnati grad.
Cincinnati has played some of its home games at Paul Brown Stadium the past two years, including contests against Louisville and West Virginia last season. But the Bearcats have none scheduled for this year as athletic director Whit Babcock has previously said they will focus on playing their home games at Nippert Stadium.