Though the Big 12 would likely benefit from the addition of two more schools and thus having a conference championship game in football again, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be happening any time soon. According to ESPN’s Max Olson, conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby acknowledged that opinions differ among those in the Big 12, but no changes are imminent.
Bowlsby offered more in a statement to the press during his state of the conference address.
“It is my understanding at the present time that the majority of our presidents and chancellors believe 10 is the right number for us,” Bowlsby said. “There are those that believe we should get larger, and they feel strongly about it. There are those who believe we should stay at 10, and they feel strongly about it. And there are probably four or five in the middle who are persuadable one way or the other. And I think that’s exactly where we’re at.”
The conversation regarding Big 12 expansion began intensely at the end of last football season, when the Baylor Bears and Texas Christian Horned Frogs were named co-champions after both finished 8-1 in conference play, though TCU’s sole loss was to Baylor. That likely contributed to both schools being left out of the College Football Playoff, and Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder has come out in favor of 12 teams and a championship game in the months since.
Thus, just why Bowlsby appears hesitant to add in two more teams so that the Big 12 actually does have 12 teams is puzzling. Hopefully, he hears the collective voices of fans, coaches and university administrators and makes some changes soon.
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