Big 12 football coaches were in Bristol, Connecticut on Wednesday as part of the “Car Wash”, an ESPN series that features collegiate coaches. According to Brett McMurphy all coaches in attendance were polled as to who they would prefer to see added to the conference.
The majority votes went to BYU and Houston. While BYU has always been rumored to be the leading candidate, Houston comes in as a little bit of a surprise being as though they reside in Texas lending even more recruiting competition to the likes of Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, and Baylor.
According to McMurphy’s report (which you can read here) Cincinnati and Memphis tied for third and fourth. Ultimately the Big 12 Board of Directors, the expansion committee, and Big 12 athletic directors will have the final say in who gets invited if it gets to that point.
The article did not get specific as to which coaches voted for which schools. One thing is for sure though, if the conference follows the wishes of the majority of Big 12 coaches the Mountaineers travel expenses will see an increase and that desire to have an east coast partner seems less likely.