Big 12 to decide on expansion ‘this summer’

It’s is pretty likely that the Big 12 is going to expand. Despite them getting a reprieve from the rule that states they have to have 12 teams to field a conference championship game, they are wanting to add some new members.

With three teams breathing down their neck to make the jump to the conference, the Big 12 is looking to make a decision pretty soon. According to Jake Trotter of The Oklahoman, Oklahoma president, David Boren, said that the conference will make their decision on expansion hopefully by the end of the summer.

“We’re in a fact-finding mode, we’re in a data-gathering mode,” Boren, who previously admitted he was very frustrated the league let Louisville get away, told Trotter. “In other words, what will it mean to the stability of the conference? What will it mean financially to the conference?

“We’ve sort of said to ourselves, come this summer, we’re going to have to finally make a decision about what we do. We cannot indefinitely postpone decisions. That’s what I had gotten frustrated about. I thought we were spinning our wheels.”

Cincinnati, BYU, and UConn have already expressed serious interest about moving to the Big 12 in the future. In addition to those teams, Boise State, South Florida, and UCF have all talked about making the move as well.

It’s likely that the expansion wouldn’t take place until after the 2016 season, but it’s pretty clear that at least two teams will know their fate before the season kicks off in September.

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