Iowa State president feels Big 12 expansion is ‘less likely’


Earlier this summer, it appeared that Big 12 expansion was coming and that the conference would be expanding by two or four teams. However, recent reports indicate there is growing momentum against adding programs to the Big 12.

Just last month, a report surfaced that the Oklahoma Sooners were against expansion.

Now, Iowa State president Steven Leath has added to the growing doubt by saying he feels Big 12 expansion is now “less likely” than it was back in August.

“There’s obviously some very different opinions among different schools,” Leath said, via the Iowa State Daily. “I think when we get into a room [later in October] and talk about it, we’ll figure it out. To answer your question, I think the chances we expand are a little smaller than it was before.”

Leath also acknowledged Oklahoma “has indicated less of a willingness to expand.”

The Big 12 Board of Directors will come together for a meeting later this month. At that time, we will get a clearer idea on whether Big 12 expansion is still a possibility or whether it remains a pipe dream for teams on the outside looking in.

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