Friday, February 5, 2016

Big 12 Presidents, Chancellors Mum on Expansion and Vows Unanimity

The Big 12 presidents and chancellors met Friday in Dallas to discuss the uncertain future of the conference and possible expansion.

The only that came out of the meeting was a commitment among conference members of unanimity.

From USA Today:

The league’s presidents and chancellors emerged from a meeting Friday at the Big 12’s suburban Dallas headquarters with a commitment to continue to study expansion, a conference championship game and a conference network. The only concrete action taken, according to Kansas State President Kirk Schulz, was to agree to defer comments on those issues to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby “for the next several months.”

Boren had been outspoken on several occasions in the last month — including in a 54-minute session with reporters after a regents’ meeting last week — on his views that the Big 12 should expand and add a title game and a network. In an interview with the Tulsa World, he called the league “disadvantaged by being the ‘little brother’” as compared to its other Power Five peers in all three areas.

Schulz said the presidents each had an opportunity Friday to speak their mind. Bowlsby called it “a lot of smart people sitting in a room laying their cards on the table and talking about what will make the conference stronger going forward” — but neither Bowlsby nor Schulz would be specific. Schulz spoke in his capacity as chair of the Big 12’s board of directors; several other presidents, including Boren, declined interview requests because of the newly adopted one-voice policy.

“If you’re having a family argument is it better to do it at Applebee’s or at home?” Schulz said. “I think we’re at a point where we decided today that when we have the family arguments we’re going to do it at home with the door shut.”

The Big 12 conference has meetings planned for May and June, in the meantime members will further study conference expansion.

It was previously reported BYU, UCONN, UCF, USF and Cincinnati were those on the Big 12 radar.


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