Big 12 Expansion Candidates: Names To Know

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Big 12 expansion may not be inevitable — the University of Texas reportedly has issues, and it’s well established that the Longhorns wield more clout than much of the conference.

Nevertheless, as the din of conference realignment grows, and nonsensical arguments contingent on seemingly arbitrary percentages gain traction, the possibility of Big 12 expansion has to be seen as least legitimate.

I break the possibilities down into regions and likelihood in the sections below. Click the page numbers to navigate, and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

  • Square Knight

    There are several dozen data points likely under consideration.  Good thing for UCF that the Knights are at the top of most of them. From school size, to local TV market size, to state TV markets size, to multiple recent conference championships, to a higher average football attendance than any other G5 candidate except BYU…UCF is the obvious choice.

    It would be stupid to select Houston since they would ad ZERO value to any potential B12 network.  UCF’s value to a potential B12 network is $20 million – $30 million higher PER YEAR than Cincinnati, Memphis, UCONN or any other school except USF. 

    According to a NY Times survey, Cincinnati is not even in the Top 3 most popular college teams IN Cincinnati, while the same study shows that UCF is clearly the #1 college team in the Orlando area.  The same NY Times survey showed that across the state of Florida, UCF is tied with the Miami Hurricanes on overall popularity.