The Big 12 is looking to add a few more teams over the next few months and it is likely that they have narrowed the field down to just a few teams. The defending AAC champion Houston Cougars are one of those teams and it looks like they could be the first team added.
The Cougars took to Twitter on Wednesday and teased making a “special announcement” on Monday, Aug. 1.
— Houston Athletics (@UHCougars) July 27, 2016
There is no telling exactly what this could mean, but it is worth noting that Houston is one of the four teams said to be among the favorites to make the jump to the Big 12. The BYU Cougars are also one of those teams and they should feel pretty confident about their chances.
Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote a column and talked about six things that must happen with the Big 12 expansion. He praised BYU for being one of the most attended football teams last year.
“BYU must be involved,” Burch wrote.
He explained that football and money are the most important factors.
“Not only is BYU the most valuable football program among the obvious and available options, based on its January valuation of $99.46 million from the Wall Street Journal, the Cougars have the most fans of any college in Utah and filled 92.2 percent of their seats last season in a 63,470-seat stadium while playing an independent schedule with Boise State as the most attractive visiting team,” Burch wrote. “Even if the school is granted a football-only membership (and it deserves better), the dollars attached to a BYU addition make too much sense for the Big 12 to overlook.”