As the Big 12 continues exploring future expansion, one plan could feature “football only” schools joining the conference.
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Report: Big 12 Could Add Football-Only Members
Friday, Sept. 16
Per Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, “The notion of ‘football only’ members being added to the Big 12 is gaining some traction.”
The Big 12 unanimously approved expansion exploration in July, as Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel reported it was “nearly definite” two schools would be added, and there was a high possibility four teams could join.
Two months after that decision by the conference, there have been no official announcements about schools that will join.
Per CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, Oklahoma President David Boren seemed to indicate that a resolution to the expansion may not come until after all of the Big 12 presidents meet on Oct. 16 and 17.
Thamel reported Friday the Big 12 has “engaged 20 schools on expansion and interviewed 11″ throughout this process. He also speculated that Cincinnati and Houston have a 60 percent chance of being added.
No matter what the Big 12’s final expansion looks like, Houston makes the most sense given its proximity to programs like Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech and Baylor.
The Cougars are also a program on the rise after beating Florida State in the Peach Bowl to end last season and Oklahoma in Week 1 this season.
The Big 12 has only featured 10 programs since 2012 when TCU and West Virginia joined after Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas A&M went to different conferences.
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