According to Max Olson of The Athletic, the Big 12 is turning its focus to adding four new schools— UCF, Cincinnati, BYU, and Houston.
This comes a day after the Big 12 released a statement saying the current eight members (not including Texas and Oklahoma) are focused on continuing to build the conference.
“Following two days of consultation with the athletics directors of the continuing members of the Big 12 Conference, commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated, “The eight ADs remain committed to furthering the Big 12 as one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences, and look forward to working with our presidents and chancellors to strengthen the league. Future exploration by the group will continue to center on options that best position the long-term strength of the Conference.”
Olson writes that these four teams are the current preferences for the Big 12.
If the Big 12 adds all four of these teams, it would drastically change the landscape of the Big 12. There would be a team in Utah, a team in Florida, as well as a team in Ohio, that would neighbor West Virginia and another team from Texas in Houston.
Currently, Oklahoma and Texas are set to leave the Big 12 after its current television deal and grant of rights ends in 2025.
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