Expansion Link Dump - Aug 25th

Wednesday’s are always the busy days.

Can UH boost the Big 12’s ratings in the Houston market?

“It’ll have a lot to do with the success of the University of Houston,” the insider said. “If you have teams playing at a high level and playing for championships, then it could absolutely help.”

Coogfans Thread: Can UH boost the Big 12's ratings in the Houston market?

How Big 12 expansion candidates stack up in basketball

Houston doesn’t make the list of top 10 candidates

Bob Huggins on with Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg

Huggins is asked about expansion about 46:30 in and basically spends the next 5 minutes saying that the Big 12 doesn’t need to expand as expansion will dilute the product just like it did to the Metro conference when he coached at Cincy. Does make a good point about “travel partners” in that today’s commercial air basically makes that a moot issue.

Now let me ask you this: Who wouldn’t want the 15th best college football team in the country in their conference? The Cougars, who have been to a bowl game 10 of the last 13 seasons, and currently have a Heisman Trophy contender in Greg Ward Jr.


If the Big 12 ends up expanding, Houston will face competition from Cincinnati, which was a power conference member as recently as three years ago; BYU, which has enjoyed sustained football success and has a national following; and Connecticut, which is a national basketball power. Still, the Cougars have a lot going for them: they’re a perfect geographic fit and, more important, they have the support of University of Texas and Texas government officials.

BYU boasts impressive electronic footprint

Here are the TV ratings of each Big 12 candidate in the current Big 12 footprint of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, San Antonio and Tulsa — from 2013-15 — according to Sports Media Watch: BYU (1.2), Houston (0.8), Boise State (0.7), Central Florida (0.7), Memphis (0.6), Cincinnati (0.6) and Connecticut (0.5).

President Herbst’s Letter To Big 12: UConn Has ‘Strong Interest’ In Joining

“I look forward to meeting with you and other Big 12 officials to fully discuss our athletic and academic success. We are prepared to learn more about your criteria for evaluating potential members and to answer any questions pertaining to our commitment and ability to join the Big 12.”

Big 12 Expansion Watch: The latest speculation as we play the waiting game

The University of Memphis is quiet, as ever, which is probably sound strategy, even if it doesn’t make for much of a newspaper story. The Tigers are trying to win over a collection of college presidents and gain admittance to an exclusive club, after all. Best to do your lobbying in private. Best to behave publicly like you belong, right?

Colorado State’s formal pitch to join Big 12 short, simple

The July 25 letter was the only form of written or emailed correspondence between Frank, CSU athletic director Joe Parker and other school representatives with the presidents or ADs of the 10 schools in the Big 12 or the conference office since Bowlsby’s announcement July 19, school officials said in responding to the open-records request.

North Dakota State University is the best team in the second-best division in college football. Why mess with a good thing?

Anybody else like legitimately entertained by how hard ECU is trying? They have so little chance but the things that they will say about themselves to the big twelve is so laughable, “we can deliver all
Of North Carolina” wow.

May be the last chance for a lot of these programs to get into the P5. Can’t blame them for trying. Still, promising to carry an entire state with 4 other P5 teams is bold.

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