University of Oklahoma president David Boren has been a loud proponent of Big 12 expansion, although he insists it’s not because the conference is falling apart. Mind you last summer he said that Big 12 members were psychologically disadvantaged.
“I would emphasize: I don’t think the Big 12 Conference is in any danger of falling apart,” Boren said, per The Daily Oklahoman. “I don’t. There’s no imminent danger of that, nor is there anybody even considering that, I don’t think. Our first choice by far in every possibility for us is to stay in the Big 12 Conference and enhance it, make it stronger, make it better.”
Presidents of Big 12 member schools are due to meet next week, where it is expected that Boren will continue to advocate for conference expansion.
There is no expectation of a vote on expansion, although Boren reportedly has been gaining some support.
With recent approved NCAA legislation allowing conferences to pick their own conference championship game participants, the big issue for the Big 12 will be whether holding their own championship game is worth the risk in regards to the College Football Playoff standings. That seems to be at the forefront of the meetings rather than expansion.
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