Reports started to surface on Thursday that the Big 12 Conference was moving quickly on expansion and looking at adding BYU, UCF, Houston and Cincinnati. Now a new report on Friday from Mark Berman at FOX 26 in Houston says that the timeline is quickly moving and that invites could be taking place in the coming days.
This story has moved quickly as we are just weeks removed from Oklahoma and Texas announcing their intentions to leave the Big 12 for the SEC.
Earlier this week, the Big 12 put together a statement that the league is set to move ahead with their eight teams and is “committed to furthering one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences”.
The full statement from commissioner Bob Bowlsby said, “Following two days of consultation with the athletics directors of the continuing members of the Big 12 Conference. The eight ADs remain committed to furthering the Big 12 as one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences, and look forward to working with our presidents and chancellors to strengthen the league. Future exploration by the group will continue to center on options that best position the long-term strength of the Conference.”
Big 12 presidents met last Friday morning and earlier this week held in-person meetings involving Big 12 athletics directors and media and television consultants.