The Big 12 will likely be expanding in the very near future. The BYU Cougars are one of the front-runners to be added into the conference and it looks like they have a pretty big alumnus backing them.
Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney expressed his desire for the Cougars to be accepted into the conference in the near future. He, apparently, has been calling power brokers and lobbying for his Alma Mater.
“Bob Bowlsby remains very mum about the process that could lead to Big 12 expansion, but one Big 12 school official said 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has called power brokers, including Oklahoma State’s T. Boone Pickens, lobbying for support for BYU to join the conference.”
Romney, who is an open Mormon, is not the first political figure to join the discussion of Big 12 expansion. Ohio governor John Kasich and Dallas Mayor both talked up Cincinnati and SMU for approval into the conference.
It will be interesting to see what the conference decides to do in the next few months. There is no telling who will be accepted into the conference, but it seems at least a few teams have some big names backing them.