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If any college deserves an invitation to join the Big 12, it’s the University of Houston.
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If any college deserves an invitation to join the Big 12, it’s the University of Houston. UH has built a new $128-million football stadium and it’s about to spend another $60-million renovating the basketball arena that was the home of the legendary Coach Guy V. Lewis. That’s in addition to more than $21-million that the school has dedicated to its athletic programs in each of the last three years.
How does BYU compare to other Big 12 expansion candidates in terms of athletic success?
One germane point to this discussion is BYU’s record against the two premier programs in the Big 12, Oklahoma and Texas. The Cougars have posted a 6-1 all-time mark against the Sooners and Longhorns. Four of those games have been played since 2009. And BYU’s victory in the 1997 Cotton Bowl came against the Big 12’s Kansas State.
Brad Rock: Big 12 expansion: Market size matters … but not really
Now Colorado State is claiming the Denver TV market, 17th-largest in the country. But Denver isn’t necessarily sold on Colorado, much less CSU. The University of Cincinnati is in the 36th-largest TV market. But Ohio State owns Ohio. Houston and Rice say they can capture the fourth-largest city in America. But after Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU and Texas A&M divide things up, who’s left? SMU is a must for Dallas-Fort Worth — or so it wishes.
USF continues to make case to join the Big 12 (w/video)
The material, initially derided on social media for a spelling error, was provided Tuesday following a public-records request from the Tampa Bay Times. It also includes a 23-page, full-color “highlights book,” showcasing the bay area and some of the school’s most prominent academic and athletic accomplishments.
USF’s five-year strategic plan, presented in May by athletic director Mark Harlan to a board of trustees work group, also is included in the package.
USF misspells research in pitch to the Big 12 as a research university
And the error is too bad after the university went through all the trouble of making this Nike-esque video to promote the university. Take a look, and be sure to take note of the attractive woman doing ”reasearch.”
Rice makes presentation to join Big 12
Rice has invested in athletic facility upgrades around campus. Tudor Fieldhouse was renovated in 2008. There are renovations planned for Reckling Park. The $31.5 million Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center just opened this summer on the north end of Rice Stadium.
Coogfans Thread: Rice presents to Big12 Presidents
Getting you answers regarding Big 12 expansion and A-State
Region 8 sports reached out to A-State athletics and at this time they can not comment. In addition, they told Region 8 they have no press release available regarding this story and none has been written.
An interview with Athletic Director Terry Mohajir has been requested and that is something that is in the works. As soon as we have answers we will get them for you.
HOW CINCINNATI’S POTENTIAL BIG XII MOVE MAY HAVE A WIDESPREAD IMPACT ON OHIO STATE
“When was the last time Ohio State lost a game to an in-state opponent?”
We should all know by now it was a 7-6 loss to Oberlin in 1921 due to Aflac’s Trivia Question, which seemingly asks the same thing every time the Buckeyes play Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Kent State, Miami, Ohio University or Toledo.
7 programs the SEC could target in expansion
Last one on the list:
Houston: Probably the longest shot on this list, the up-and-coming Cougars are nestled in the heart of a major TV market and a recruiting hotbed. Whether Tom Herman is still there (ha) or not, Houston is a perfectly acceptable fallback option for the SEC if the league somehow finds itself desperately needing to expand.
The most radical NCAA conference realignment plan you’ve ever seen
The plan: An NCAA universe that pits the most powerful programs against each other.
Featuring a revolutionary relegation system, this new league will render the terms “Big Ten” and “SEC” useless, not to mention “FBS” and “FCS.”