It is very likely that the Big 12 is going to be adding a few more teams in the coming months and the Houston Cougars are likely going to be one of them. AAC commissioner Mike Aresco is already preparing for the worst with the conference.
On Wednesday, the Cougars teased that they will be making a big announcement on Monday and many believe that it is news they are leaving for the Big 12. If that does happen, Aresco is making sure the rest of the conference is prepared for a big change up.
“I’ve been talking to the (athletic directors) and the president of the schools that might leave, and it looks like some of them will,” Aresco told Tony Barnhart of Gridiron Now.
“We’re talking to each other and trying to figure out the future. We expect everyone who leaves will leave on good terms.”
If it is not the Cougars that leave, there are a number of other teams that have the chance to leave. Cincinnati, Connecticut, Memphis and UCF have all been rumored to possibly be leaving the conference for the Big 12 as well.
However, Mike Aresco is pretty sure the team leaving will be Houston. He says that the team is the most high-profile in the conference and them going to the Big 12 makes a ton of sense.
“I can understand that because Tom has done a great job at Houston,” Aresco said. “I talked to a lot of coaches and they were impressed by Houston last season. And if this year’s team has a big year against that schedule (which includes Oklahoma and Louisville), they have to be considered a playoff team.”