Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer
Earlier this year, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on the University of Cincinnati's diligent campaign to join the Big 12, in the event the league voted to expand. ESPN.com has gained access to a series of documents showing that lobbying has continued. On Feb. 3, Cincinnati president Santa Ono sent a letter to Texas Tech interim president John Opperman highlighting a conversation the two had about Cincinnati's Big 12 candidacy. Enclosed with the letter was a brochure touting Cincinnati with the title "Onward."