- Pete Thamel gives his latest take on the Expansion process
- SBNation opines that Houston may have hurt themselves again Thursday night as the B12 continues to change the location of the goal line
- St Lake Tribune despairs over Thamel’s article concerning BYU
- KU writer writes about the waiting game
- USF writer despairs over Boren’s comments
- USA Today Football Four Podcast with George Schroeder and Dan Wolken talk about expansion - mostly about how they don’t believe there will be expansion
h/t @TheMandell for this one
AS BIG 12 EXPANSION DRAGS ON WITH NO CLEAR OUTCOME, ONLY ONE CONSTANT REMAINS: THE LEAGUE’S DYSFUNCTION
All off those moves wouldn’t be made for years. As for the immediate future, here are the three scenarios most likely to play out for the Big 12.
The Big 12 adds Cincinnati and Houston: 60%
The Houston Cougars’ massive potential might be their toughest Big 12 roadblock
Cincinnati and Houston have both presented their expansion pitches to the Big 12, per SB Nation sources. Thursday night, UH added another emphatic slide.
It’s best to look at the non-Texas lower tier of the Big 12 as to why the Cougars might not be so popular. These are the schools with the least to offer in population and TV markets, and the most to lose if another Power 5 program emerges in Texas. It’s in that bloc’s interest to avoid Houston in favor of two (or four?) candidates from outside markets, like Cincinnati, BYU, or one of the directional Floridas.
h/t @PAWRFUL for this one
BYU athletics: BYU’s candidacy for Big 12 is “crumbling,” SI report says
The Big 12 “would have preferred BYU, but can’t take another spate of bad publicity,” Thamel concludes, also referring to BYU’s longstanding policy against scheduling games on Sunday.
Coogfans Thread: Big12-wise its looking grimmer and grimmer for the cougars
Waiting game roars on in Big 12 expansion saga
The funny part about that statement is this: The fans, coaches and even ADs have next to no say in all of this. Heck, even Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby is having a difficult time in this mess and he’s the one who was hired to lead it. Instead of being an open process which equally values the input of those who run the schools and those who know the most about college athletics, the current expansion talk is being driven and decided in the offices of Big 12 presidents and chancellors, good news for some schools and awful news for others.
Is USF’s foot stuck in the Big 12 expansion door David Boren shut this week?
Right now, I’d say there’s an 85 percent chance of no Big 12 expansion and a 10 percent chance at expanding by two teams. Oh, and 5 percent chance of the Big 12 asks the AAC, 'You guys want Baylor?"
Expansion talk starts around 11:00