Main news is that Memphis and Temple are out, but there’s also an article from Berry Tramel on our journey over the years to where we are now.
Sources: Memphis out as potential Big 12 expansion candidate
However, the Tigers did not make the latest cut when the league trimmed its group of potential candidates by one-third, leaving 11 schools still alive in the Big 12’s expansion sweepstakes.
Those 11 schools are Air Force, BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, Colorado State, Houston, Rice, South Florida, SMU and Tulane. The list does not include Temple, which had been previously reported by ESPN as still being in the mix.
Next week in Dallas, representatives from each of those 11 schools will make in-person presentations to Big 12 officials, sources said. The league has said it hopes to make a decision on expansion by the Big 12’s regularly scheduled board of directors meeting on Oct. 17.
Coogfans Thread: Wow - Memphis didn't make the first cut
Houston knows well what’s at stake in expansion
Houston has a new stadium (opened in 2014), a great quarterback (Greg Ward Jr.), a fabulous coach, a marquee season opener against the Sooners and a chance at Big 12 membership.
The Cougars’ know better than anyone how important that chance is.
Rudd won’t comment on report that Big 12 gave Memphis the cold shoulder
“Despite numerous requests, I have not and will not respond to questions about Big XII expansion,” Rudd said late Friday in a statement on his Twitter account. “We will honor this commitment to confidentiality.”
Big 12 expansion snub is devastating news; once again it’s Memphis vs. Errrbody
But it seems to be true. And it’s a stunning development. This isn’t Memphis just barely losing out at the end. This is Memphis not making the final dozen schools.
Tulane, Rice and Colorado State are still on the list. So are SMU, South Florida and Air Force.
It’s a slap in the face to the university, to FedEx, and to University of Memphis president David Rudd, personally. It’s a public humiliation.
Source: Temple cut from Big 12 expansion field
Temple is aware of the story, and the source said the Big 12 has not contacted the school about a decision.