The Big 12 wants to expand by adding more members over the coming months and it is likely going to happen. It looks like the conference has already found the first school that desperately wants to join them and it would push their conference further into the Midwest.
According to multiple sources, the Cincinnati Bearcats have been making a push to join the Big 12. It looks like at least one Big 12 school president would be fine with them making the move into the Power Five conference.
“You are truly an outstanding leader and knowing that you are at the helm in Cincinnati makes me even more inclined to support your cause,” Oklahoma president Dave Boren told Cincinnati president Santa Ono in a letter, according to the Enquirer.
The Big 12 has already been given permission to field a conference championship game with just ten member schools, but they still want to expand out. They have had ten schools since Colorado and Nebraska left in 2011 and Texas A&M and Missouri left in 2012.
TCU and West Virginia joined the same year the Aggies and Tigers left for the SEC, which kept the conference from dissipating and leaving the schools to join other conferences.
If Cincinnati wants to join the Big 12, having support from one of the conference’s biggest school’s president is certainly a good way to do just that. Stay with Campus Sports for all the latest news on conference expansion, which, at this point, could see BYU and UConn also join the Big 12.
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