The Day of Reckoning is almost here and the word on the street is…No one really knows what’s going to happen
Big 12 expansion: Decision may be delayed as many have ‘no idea’ what will happen
’I have no idea what’s going to happen,’ one source said about the Big 12 adding teams
One source involved in the process credited Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby for helping the presidents even consider expansion.
Officials at two schools hoping to join the Big 12 say they haven’t heard from the conference in at least four weeks.
Big 12 set to address expansion, but what will it do?
Ultimately, the long-term stability of the Big 12 is predicated on Texas and Oklahoma happily remaining in the conference. At some point the Longhorns and Sooners have to decide if they want to be the most powerful members of the Big 12 or just another member of another conference. And adding teams to the Big 12 now doesn’t change that.
Is this rock bottom for the Big 12?
“We have a strong leader in Bowlsby,” one Big 12 official pointed out, noting that Bowlsby has the confidence of the league’s coaches, athletic directors and even presidents. “That makes a huge difference.”
Because just like the old SWC, the Big 12 is cannibalizing itself. And there’s no place to turn for help. The league is landlocked, and nothing changes geography.
Chuck Carlton: The should add is the far easier question: Houston and Cincinnati are the best candidates with the least baggage for full membership status. If football only is on the table, as I’m hearing, then the possibility of Houston and BYU comes into play. At this point, I still think the odds are the Big 12 does nothing but we won’t know until next Monday at the earliest. Getting a consensus in the room for eight votes won’t be easy.
Will the Big 12 pick anyone for expansion?
Multiple Big 12 administrators contacted in the past week offered similar versions of the same mantra in regard to Monday’s anticipated outcome: “Your guess is as good as mine.”
That’s because the power rests with league presidents and none of them has offered much in a public setting since Oklahoma president David Boren, chairman of the Big 12 board of directors, acknowledged at a Sept. 14 OU regents meeting that league expansion was “not a given” despite all the time, money and energy invested on the topic in recent weeks.
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“Anybody outside the people who are going to go into that room who tells you they know what’s going to happen, well, they’re just guessing,” Benedict said. “And, to my knowledge, that group of individuals has not gotten together since [July when the presidents directed commissioner Bob Bowlsby to produce an expansion plan].”
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– (Sankey) Dismissed the idea of SEC expansion in the near future. “We’ve been thoughtful and strategic in our evaluations over time and will continue to do so if that ever became more of a central thought,” he said.
Here’s what San Diego State’s Big 12 pitch looked like
It didn’t work out, but here’s how the Aztecs wooed the Big 12.
SDSU’s pitch sprinkled in a in a bit of everything, and its location in California was a unique offering other Big 12 hopefuls couldn’t make. It got a bit obscure in trying to explain the dual successes of its football and men’s basketball programs, saying things like, “SDSU is one of three schools to play in six straight football bowl games and play in a NCAA-sponsored men’s basketball event (NCAA or NIT) each of the last 11 seasons.” (One of the others was BYU, a much more serious Big 12 candidate.)