Bohls mentions Mitt Romney has gotten involved, Tramel continues to try to milk the expansion articles, and an article about Northern Illinois.
Bohls: Romney’s pushing BYU, one AP voter’s pushing Texas
1. Bob Bowlsby remains very mum about the process that could lead to Big 12 expansion, but one Big 12 school official said 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has called power brokers, including Oklahoma State’s T. Boone Pickens, lobbying for support for BYU to join the conference. Romney is a BYU grad. Bowlsby said there are fewer than 20 interested candidates as has been reported, but declined to say if any Power 5 conference schools have expressed interest. He’s almost done going through applicants’ one-hour video presentations and has had “several calls” with Big 12 presidents to update them. Asked how the presidents are feeling about the process, Bowlsby said, “It depends on who you ask. I think there continues to be an open mindedness about it. I think some have developed their positions and probably aren’t sharing it. If it was a clear path, it wouldn’t have taken so long.”
Big 12 board of directors include two interim presidents
Kansas State interim president Gen. Richard Myers was appointed in April. Baylor interim president David Garland was appointed in May. Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec was appointed July 8.
That’s some weighty decisions for men either not long for the job or men who just assumed the role.
NIU is being mentioned in discussions about Big 12 expansion.
“We have done a good job of putting ourselves in a national conversation that says, ‘You know what. Why not NIU? They’re in the third largest media market in the country. They’ve been able to do things academically and athletically’, and I think the conference conversation it’s a badge of respect that NIU has, and it’s about NIU and the body of work over the years that NIU has put themselves in the conversation that warrants this level of respect.”