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Self: Big 12 could expand with just football

February 27, 2016 - Lawrence, KS, USA - After his Jayhawks clinched their 12th consecutive Big 12 Conference title, Kansas head coach Bill Self applauds the fans after defeating Texas Tech, 67-58, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan (Photo by Rich Sugg/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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Kansas head coach Bill Self is only worried about coaching his team and isn’t focused on realignment.

But the future Hall-of-Famer acknowledged on Monday that the Big 12 could expand in ways that wouldn’t affect basketball.

“I don’t have any idea or any insight at all to what the presidents are thinking,” Self said Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast. “I think there’s a chance that we could expand. I don’t see it in the immediate (future), but I think we could. I think if we do there’s a better chance of doing football only. I don’t think it would affect the basketball.”

Schools like Cincinnati and Houston have been mentioned as likely favorites should the Big 12 opt to expand its current league. 

The move would give the conference a new reach geographically and a different dynamic from a football perspective. Cincinnati would be an obvious travel partner for West Virginia, who joined the Big 12 in 2012.

If the league expanded in all sports, the double round-robin format — which allows a true champion in basketball — would be altered.

“I could see it going any three ways,” Self added. “Adding two, adding four, adding all sports. And I could also see not doing anything. Or I could see a hybrid of that — adding football only. That would be my gut hunch right now, but that’s without any true knowledge.”

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