Whatever the purpose of this leak, it did what it intended to do which was overshadow some of the Big12 Meetings with talk about Houston. A lot of writers picked up on the story, and while some were dismissive, others praised Houston for making the effort.
Interesting response by the PAC12 as well. They didn’t have to respond with anything, but did state that it was an “introductory” meeting. Probably nothing to it, but the conference could have just stated that Yes, Yurachek did meet with Scott and no, they are not expanding. PAC12 could also be using Houston to put pressure on other targets.
Houston AD met with Pac-12 commissioner on West Coast trip
The Cougars have a hot football program and a new on-campus stadium, but being in Texas isn’t necessarily helping its prospects with the Big 12. The league already has four schools in the state and a large presence in the city of Houston, especially with University of Texas alumni. Often when Power Five conferences have added schools, they have tried to add new media markets and expand the league’s footprint.
Houston AD met with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott (Update)
As expected, there weren’t any legs to the reported Houston-to-Pac-12 discussions. Houston AD Hunter Yurachek told CBS that Pac-12 commish Larry Scott said in their June meeting that the Pac-12 is “not interested in expanding.”
The meeting, Yurachek said, lasted 30-to-45 minutes and did not involve any sort of Houston sales pitch.
No, the Pac-12 is not expanding – and Houston is not going there
Houston’s vice president did indeed meet with the Pac-12 commissioner, just not for the reasons you might think
“Larry told me they’re not interested in expanding,” Yurachek said. “He said, ‘I had to pull teeth just to get them to add Colorado and Utah.’”
Report: Houston AD meets with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott
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