February 3, 2016

Report: Big 12 Considering BYU, Cincy, UCONN, USF in Expansion

The Big 12 Conference is reportedly considering expanding to 12 teams, according to SportingNews.

Big 12 schools will meet this week for their yearly meeting in Texas to discuss conference matters, including possible conference expansion.

The conference will possibly try to lure BYU, UConn, Cincinnati, Central Florida, and/or South Florida, per the report.

From the SportingNews:

Here is what a source close to the situation has told Sporting News about possible expansion:

BYU might stand as the most attractive potential partner because of its large following, excellent facilities and considerable wealth, but the challenges of adding a partner that declines to participate in Sunday competition is among the obstacles that appear to be too considerable.

That leaves three possible scenarios for the expansion issue.

1. The Big 12 could choose to move east to add Cincinnati and Connecticut. Cincinnati has developed the most consistent football program of potential expansion candidates and is located in a major media market. UConn is four-time NCAA champion in men’s basketball and also adds the cachet of the dynastic women’s basketball program.

2. For football recruiting purposes and long-term potential, the Big 12 could advance into Florida by adding Central Florida and South Florida.

3. The Big 12 could decide not to expand at all.
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