Big 12 Invites Four, Completing Rapid Expansion

As expected, the Big 12 Conference has extended membership invitations to four schools to join the league. The conference’s Board of Directors, made up of the presidents and chancellors of the leagues’ schools, voted Friday morning to extend membership invitations to Brigham Young University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Houston to join the Conference.

The vote was conducted in accordance with Big 12 Conference Bylaw 1.5.2.b.3 requiring an affirmative vote of a supermajority of Directors, and was approved unanimously by the eight continuing members, making the votes of Texas and Oklahoma irrelevant.

The four schools are expected to begin play in the league in the fall of 2023. BYU has already announced it will join the conference for competition in all sports in that year. The Cougars are an independent in football and a member of the West Coast Conference in all other sports.

Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston, members of the American Athletic Conference, are required to give a 27-month departure notice and pay a $10 million buyout fee. Today’s announcement comes 25 months before the start of the 2023 season, so some accommodation – likely an additional buyout fee – would have to be worked out to allow those schools to leave the AAC and join the Big 12 in time for the start of the 2023-23 season.

As necessary, institutional Boards will be in session today to act on Big 12 Conference membership. Videoconference announcements with Big 12 Board of Directors Chairman and Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, and campus representatives are scheduled today at the following times:

Houston – 11:00 a.m. CT
BYU – 11:30 a.m. CT
UCF – 2:45 p.m. CT
Cincinnati – 3:30 p.m. CT

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  • #154698

    As expected, the Big 12 Conference has extended membership invitations to four schools to join the league. The conference’s Board of Directors, made u
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    #154700

    Although i am not a BYU to B12 fan, this is a great move.

    #154701

    Just like with sick dogs, wrap the pill (BYU) around a piece of bacon (UH, UC, UCF) and everything will be OK.

    #154706

    Byu will sink this conference.

    New look Big12 by the end of the decade
    East Division – UCF, USF, Cincy, Memphis, Houston, Baylor
    West Division – Boise, Brigham, Wyoming, Colorado St., TCU, SMU

    #154711

    Tyler, I’m very poor in reading the future. You may be very good, but what brings you to that conclusion?

    I doubt the B-10, ACC, and SEC will expand to include all those schools not listed. I also think there’s as much chance as the B-12 absorbing ACC schools, as vice versa.

    Of course, I know nothing, and have no clue what will be happening. I do believe, because of finances, there will come a time that all conferences will dissolve, and the deadwood cast away.

    Afterwards four conferences will form under the same leadership. They will be formed along regional lines.

    I don’t know what they’ll decide is the correct number of schools in the super conference, forty,fifty or sixty, or what?

    But, I do believe that it will happen, but doubt that it’s within this decade. Perhaps, that change will occur between 2040 and 2050.

    It’s all about the money and their willingness to share.

    #154716

    I’m now almost certain that the P5 conference that will cease to exist, will be the ACC.  In about 2036 the ACC media contract will expire and the SEC will drive thru it like a tornado in a mobile home park…..Clemson, FSU, and I believe VT and NCSU will be poached by the SEC….once the SEC has ACC blood on its hands the “benevolent” sweethearts of the B1G will rush to rescue UNC, UVA and maybe Duke and Georgia Tech….the ACC will be dying with leftovers Miami, Wake Forest, Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse, Boston College and maybe Duke and GT (depending on what the B1G wants) will be desperate as hell.   The Big 12 will be far stronger and could take all of the ACC leftovers and Memphis or any combination of those…..the result is 4 POWER conferences….SEC, B1G, PAC and our Big 12

    #154721

    I believe BYU will be good for the conference. They have proven many times they can compete. We are never going to be able to replace OU and Tx for fan base and $$$ so we go with what is believed by people with knowledge more than most of us combined is the best for the conference. Colorado State just ain’t gonna move the needle. We can still invite other programs like Memphis if needed. Let’s just see what shakes out. BYU has no real cost to join. I don’t think The Mountain West has a lot of power

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