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Justin Timberlake weighs in on Big 12 expansion

Justin Timberlake.
Justin Timberlake. The Associated Press

Justin Timberlake was born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., and if you were wondering if he followed the high-profile university back home, the answer came Wednesday.

Yep, Timberlake is throwing his support behind Memphis* as it bids to join the Big 12.

*Memphis is among the all-time NCAA leaders — in vacated victories (under coach John Calipari in 2007-08 and coach Dana Kirk in the 1980s)

Timberlake retweeted a statement from Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen, who was publicly lobbying for inclusion into the Big 12. The conference announced last week during its annual Football Media Days that it was evaluating new members.

The response to Timberlake’s tweet? It was mixed. But many, many people would love to see Timberlake come to their favorite school (although, if Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer showed up, things could get out of hand).

Timberlake’s public lobbying got us thinking about other high-profile supporters of schools that have been linked to the Big 12.

What if these people threw their support behind their schools?

HOUSTON: Jim Parsons

CONNECTICUT: Meg Ryan

BYU: Mitt Romney

CENTRAL FLORIDA: Daniel Tosh

CINCINNATI: Sandy Koufax

COLORADO STATE: John Amos

EAST CAROLINA: Sandra Bullock

SMU: Kathy Bates

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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