All the presentations are done as USF, Cincy, and Rice made their presentations today. Bowlsby talked to the Austin American Statesman guys and didn’t say too much, but there were a couple of tidbits in there. Couple of mailbag links where the writers are favorable to Houston and a little bit more detail about how the bonuses to Herman & Sampson will work
AP Source: Dungy part of USF pitch to Big 12 as meeting wrap
There has been no timetable set for the Big 12 to make a decision, but the conference’s university presidents are scheduled for a regular meeting Oct. 19.
Bowlsby talks to the Statesman guys (Big 12 talk starts around 22 minutes):
Interesting questions from Cedric and Kirk to Bowlsby. He doesn’t say much as he tries to deflect most of the talk regarding specific schools. They do ask him about Houston and their win over OU and he said this isn’t a choice that will be influenced by one game/season. He does say that they are going to look at taking advantage of new media coming down the road when asked about a potential conference network (specifically mentions Amazon & Google getting into live sports).
Big 12 mailbag: Can OU still make CFP? Is Texas a Big 12 contender?
Trotter: You would think the Big 12’s expansion decisions wouldn’t hinge on a single game, or even a single season. But Houston has so much momentum coming off the Oklahoma win. Not only did the Cougars wax the Big 12’s pre-eminent program, the game delivered a massive 12.8 rating in the Houston market, which backs up the school’s claim that it can help the Big 12 regain ground in Houston. Contrast that with Cincinnati struggling to defeat Tennessee-Martin before a half-full Nippert Stadium and, well, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think that might have some impact on the thinking of the Big 12 presidents.
Trotter: My updated tiers – Tier 1: BYU, Houston, Cincinnati. Tier 2: Connecticut, Central Florida. Tier 3: Colorado State, South Florida, Tulane, Air Force. Tier 4: Rice, SMU.
They may have lost Bob Stoops’ vote. But I think it’s a done deal. When the folks Austin want something, it generally happens. All the political muscle is behind the Coogs for reasons that have little to do with football. The win over OU only makes the Coogs a more attractive candidate in my mind.
In Herman’s case, on the Feb. 1 following his first full season of coaching Houston in the new conference, if he were still Houston’s head coach, he would begin receiving monthly installments that would total $2.5 million over the next 12 months. If he were to terminate his contract without cause – that is, leave for another job – the payments would stop.