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Iowa State president expects Big 12 expansion, slow process

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The topic of Big 12 expansion just never seems to go away, and it seems the process is moving at a slow and prodding pace. Iowa State President Steven Leath says the process will indeed take some time, but nevertheless, he expects the Big 12 to expand.

According to Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports, Leath spoke with staffers of the Iowa State Daily in a meeting that was streamed live on Facebook. Leath said to the staffers you should “see a different Big 12 in the somewhat near future.”

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Asked by sports editor Luke Manderfeld to clarify whether that means he expects the board to proceed with expansion, Leath said, “That would be my expectation.”

“The sentiment of the [presidents] was, let’s take a serious look and see who’s out there, who wants to join,” he said. “We’re spending a lot of time and money to that end, so I suspect that’s where we’re going to end up.”

As for a timeline, Leath said the process of deciding whether to add two schools, four schools are none at all will be hammered out “between now and Christmas.”

Whether its the case for adding BYU, Houston, Connecticut, Cincinnati or Central Florida, the Big 12 has a lot of homework to do. The conference has to look at program visibility, TV markets and room for growth.

So as you can expect, this process is something that won’t be done overnight. Many Big 12 officials, politicians and supporters have their own favorite.

For the Big 12, it’s all about cutting the wheat from the chaff.

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