- Sporting News’ College Basketball Analyst writes an article rehashing old thought processes regarding Houston.
- Dallas Morning News had three articles regarding Big 12 expansion today; although 2 of them were from the same Chuck Carlton chat while Tim Cowlishaw also answered questions.
- K-State AD did a Q&A with the paper and talked expansion…well, mostly deflected talk of expansion.
- Tech AD talks future scheduling and dropped a line at the end about waiting for expansion before being able to move forward…hmmmmm…
- OSU blog talks with A&M alum and former 1st round pick, Sammy Davis where the conversation turns to B12 expansion, specifically UH, and both the writer and Davis are in favor of UH to the B12.
- Cincy had 70+ recruits at the game tonight and the article goes on to talk about how much better Cincy would be if they were in the B12. Similar to our plight.
- Wichita State update on their possible adding football situation
Big 12 schools already have Houston, they don’t need the Cougars, too
Regardless of Houston’s current success in football, though, many league members have no apparent motivation to make UH one of them. Any Big 12 aspirant will need votes from eight of the 10 current members to be asked to join. Voting for Houston might be in the best interests of only one (Texas), inconsequential to one (West Virginia) and counterproductive for pretty much everyone else.
Question: As far as Big 12 expansion favorites, is there a real threat to the Houston-Cincinnati duo? Sure sounds like those are the two to beat.
Carlton: If the Big 12 expands, those two look like the front runners at the moment. LGBT and Title IX concerns have hurt BYU’s expansion efforts. Memphis is already out. UConn has struggled in football in recent years. You have the Florida schools and Colorado State and SMU and Air Force and … maybe a push by ESPN could lift BYU, which could change the equation.
Question: So what happens if the Big 12 doesn’t end up expanding this year? Could it be a possibility for the next football offseason as well?
Carlton: If the Big 12 decides not to expand after two years of research, discussion, consultants and interviews, it would be a PR mess and signal that the school presidents really can’t come together on anything. I’m sure the Big 12 would then kick expansion down the road. But what difference would another year make at this point?
Question: Which team from All-Big 12 Expansion Candidate Bowl – Houston or Cincinnati – gets in in expansion?
Cowlishaw: I think Houston is in for sure. I think if they add two teams, Cincinnati is the most likely second candidate. If they go to four, both will be in but I don’t think it goes to Memphis any more. I liked Central Florida, a huge student body whose team has fallen off since it beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. I like getting into the Florida market. But I’m not sure there’s much support for that. So really beyond Houston and Cincinnati, it’s kind of a crapshoot.
Collegian Q&A: K-State Athletics Director John Currie
I could make an argument for the Big 12 at 10; I could make an argument for the Big 12 at 14; I could make an argument for the Big 12 at 12; I could make an argument for the Big 12 at 16; I could make about any argument in the world. At the end of the day, I’m not the one that makes the decision, I just implement what’s decided.
Texas Tech adds opponent to 2018 football schedule
Reworking includes adding Lamar, moving Missouri State
The current consideration for Big 12 expansion candidates and future makeup of the league puts Tech in a holding pattern for now.
“The other piece to this is conference expansion,” Hocutt said, “so I don’t plan in the coming months to do much more with this until some of those questions are answered.”
BEYOND BUCKEYE LINES: MIDNIGHT YELLING WITH THE 12TH MAN
As many of you know, I am a big supporter of the University of Houston joining the Big 12. I asked Davis about that and what his thoughts were. He, like myself, is a big supporter of it also. He knows that UH getting in will help keep the Houston talent home, and actually make the Coogs tougher, since kids won’t have to leave home to play big time college football. Davis even mentioned to me that had UH been in a Power 5 when he was in high school, he would have looked at them harder than he did, since he wanted to stay close to home and enable his family to be a part of his student-athlete career.
Big-time college football recruiting in Ohio: Did Cincinnati prove it can change things for Ohio State?
“They still have a chance right now as they are,” Hawkins said, “but if they got to the Big 12 and had the chance to pull big-named guys out of Ohio consistently that normally Ohio State or teams like that would pull, then obviously that would make them even more attractive than they are to me already.”
Football program hangs in the balance of conference change
Bardo has touched on the fact that joining the Football Bowl Subdivsion (FBS), the highest division of college football will be difficult, and conference realignment could help. He has also talked about his willingness to start off in the Football Champion Subdivision (FCS) in football and remain in the MVC as it could be beneficial to the program.