Sources are scrambling everywhere, the 11 finalists are all waiting patiently by the phone, and the Big 12’s presidents and chancellors are prepared to discuss expanding the Big 12.
Many Big 12 sources have pointed to this day, October 17th, as decision day for the future of the Big 12 Conference. We do know that multiple schools have been given the opportunity to state their case for inclusion. But other than pure speculation there has been on indication either way whether the conference will make the move to 12 or 14 schools.
A few interesting tidbits regarding today. ESPN’s Jake Trotter reported that BYU will have their tv network broadcasting the Big 12 press conference following Monday’s meeting.
Also, multiple sources have indicated to BGS that Cincinnati has been selling the Big 12 to recruits for months now.
All the excitement may also be for not as conference presidents may decide to stay at 10. There really is no timetable that must be met. The pro-rata clause in the grant of rights only expires with the GOR itself.
There has been talk of the networks (ESPN and FOX) considering buying out the pro-rata clause of the contract. Expansion is not really in the best interest of the tv networks who have seen significant drops in revenue over the last two years.
One thing is for sure, all eyes will be focused on the Big 12 today. Will the next round of expansion and the subsequent domino effect start today or with the Big 12 continue with the made-for-twitter drama that is the conference expansion rumormill?
The 11 schools waiting for the call today are SMU, South Florida, Air Force, BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, Rice and Tulane. But all indications point to Houston, BYU, and Cincinnati being in the final three.
Official statement from Big 12 Conference:
Following the conclusion of its Board of Directors meeting on Monday, October 17, the Big 12 Conference will hold a press conference/teleconference at 5:30 pm CT with Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and the chair of the Board of Directors – University of Oklahoma President David Boren.
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