The Big 12 Conference has announced that they have a list of 17 possible schools that could join the conference. The Big 12’s membership currently stands at ten.
Big 12 to Talk to 17 Schools About Possible Expansion
The names that stand out in the 17 schools include Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, Memphis and Temple. ESPN reports Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowsly will talk to each school via video conference.
The goal for the conference is to decide on its expansion plans during its board of directors meeting. That meeting will take place in October. Multiple reports are saying that the most teams that would join the conference is four. The minimum would be two.
Sources also told ESPN that if the conference were to go back to a 12-team conference, they would split into two six-team divisions. In 2015, Oklahoma won the conference due to best overall record in the conference. They also represented the Big 12 in the second annual College Football Playoff semifinal. They fell to ACC Champion Clemsonin the Orange Bowl.
MANHATTAN, KS – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the the Big 12 logo painted on the field during a game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Iowa State Cyclones on November 21, 2015 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***