Big 12 expansion talks still inconclusive

Big 12 Conference expansion announcement

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Big 12 Conference is still undecided on the idea of expansion.

The Big 12 held a conference Tuesday that many expected to provide a solid answer on the idea of expanding. No solid answer emerged.

Instead, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the conference will continue to reach out to interested schools and evaluate.

So, no concrete plans were laid out to definitively say the Big 12 will be expanded, but the option is still there for two or four schools to join the conference.

The conference has been given approval to hold a championship game in football with just 10 teams this season—something the conference lacked in recent years and cited as a big reason expansion talks began.

Memphis is one school heavily campaigning to join the Power 5 conference. Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, and others are also pushing the conference for admittance.

Big 12 officials said the announcement of a new ACC Network impacted the league's interest in expansion.

Oklahoma president David Boren said the conference board would want to find the strongest partners based on fan base, TV following, and academic standing.

As of now, there is no timetable on when a definitive decision will be made.

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