Report: Big 12 will talk to 17 schools about expansion

The Big 12 expansion conversation has been one that has consumed a lot of time throughout the summer, but we finally seem to have some clarity regarding the exact specifics of what could come.

According to ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy, the conference is set to have conversations with 17 schools about possibly joining the Big 12.

In addition, McMurphy noted that it is currently believed it is “more likely” for the Big 12 to expand from ten teams to 12 teams than to 14. Accepting only two new members would allow the conference to evenly split teams into two six-team divisions.

But who could be joining the conference?

There were not 17 specific programs mentioned, but sources told McMurphy that Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, South Florida, UCF, UConn, Memphis, Colorado State, Boise State, Tulane, Temple, East Carolina, SMU and New Mexico were all included in the discussions.

The likes of Cincinnati, Houston, BYU and UConn have consistently been mentioned in any expansion talk, so it all adds up.

Who would you like to see join the Big 12 if the conference chooses to expand? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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