There are currently 10 schools in the Big 12 and 14 in the Big Ten — that makes a whole lot of sense, right? However, the former conference has been looking at expansion for some time now and it certainly looks like most of the conference supports it.
Right now, Cincinnati is making a big and quiet push to make the move to the conference that could happen this summer, while schools like BYU and UConn are also in consideration. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, seven schools in the conference currently support expansion with Texas, Texas Tech, and TCU being okay with the way things are right now.
“It’s believed seven of the 10 schools favor expansion,” Jason Williams wrote in his report. “But Big 12 bylaws call for a super majority vote of 75 percent (so at least eight schools) to make a major change. Texas is believed to be influencing Texas Tech’s and Texas Christian’s decisions to also be reluctant to expansion.”
Despite three of the biggest schools in the conference opposing expansion, it does certainly look like it will happen soon. On Monday, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby supported expansion at the league meetings in Phoenix.
“If we do nothing, we’ll fall behind the SEC and the Big Ten in terms of [revenue],” Bowlsby said. “We may be every bit as competitive as we are today, but we’ll fall behind financially.”
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