BYU open to joining Big 12 for football only

The BYU Cougars have been one of a handful of teams consistently linked to a possible move to the Big 12 as the conference weighs expansion options. One of the options Big 12 commisioner Bob Bowlsby has said he will consider expanding for football-only, which is the preference for the Cougars.

“We’re obviously open to listening to what they want to do. We’re going to go through this process with an open mind to listen to what they have to say,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe told ESPN.

But what if BYU is forced to become a member of the Big 12 for all athletics? Holmoe seems to think there can be common ground reached.

“I believe that’s something that can be worked out,” Holmoe added. “We’ve been in a lot of leagues through the years, and we’ve been able to work it out.

“There would be a difference in the Big 12 because that would be a Power 5 conference. They’re going to ask questions. We’ll have our solutions, creative ideas of what we can do. We’re going to do everything we can.”

It will be interesting to see how the Big 12 expansion talks continue to develop, but for now it appears as though BYU and Houston are among the most commonly discussed suitors. We’ll just have to sit back and wait to see what the conference ultimately determines.

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