All talks of the Big 12 expanding out to at least 12 teams for the 2017 season seem to have halted in recent weeks and now there might be good reason behind it. It looks like one of the biggest names in the conference might now be against the idea of adding more teams.
Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated reported that Oklahoma is now against the conference expanding out and that could change everything that was essentially put into motion six months ago. It certainly looks like things could get messy for the conference, especially if the Sooners and the Texas Longhorns decide to leave the Big 12 in coming years.
Sources: Oklahoma's change of heart on Big 12 expansion may change everything. https://t.co/OGaz6DFEFm
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 27, 2016
Thamel reported that Houston and Cincinnati are still the proverbial favorites to join the Big 12 if they are to expand. BYU has all but been eliminated due to their student conduct policy deeming homosexual behavior as a violation of rules.
Whatever the case may be, one reason for the silence on expansion as of late is because the conference has been hard at work interviewing potential candidates for expansion. It will certainly be interesting to see how everything plays out over the next few months.