With Big 12 expansion talk heating up in the last two weeks, Houston has made it abundantly clear it wants in—and so do many of its proponents.
It’s not just the school itself that is campaigning.
A couple of high-ranking officials are publicly crusading for Houston to be a part of the Big 12 as well—when it in fact does decide to expand. Among those trumping up Houston to be included for expansion are none other than Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas President Greg Fenves.
While linking a story on Twitter about Big 12 expansion, Abbott made a strong declaration that Houston should be included.
“Big 12 expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston,” said Abbott on Twitter.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 21, 2016
His support will not go unnoticed, especially since he is a Texas University alum and regularly attends Longhorn football and baseball games. His words certainly wield a lot of power
Then there is the push from UT president Greg Fenves himself.
He also took to Twitter Thursday to express his desire for Houston to be a part of Big 12 when it expands.
“As we look at opportunities for Big 12 expansion, I support considering @UHouston for the conference,” Fenves said on the social media site. “UH is a huge asset for Texas.”
As we look at opportunities for Big 12 expansion, I support considering @UHouston for the conference. UH is a huge asset for Texas.
— Greg Fenves (@gregfenves) July 21, 2016
Considering that many opponents of Houston joining the Big 12 think their inclusion would adversely affect Texas in regards to recruiting, the endorsements from Abbott and Fenves are very telling.
So many teams are making their push to be included in Big 12 expansion plans, but not many programs carry as much cachet and common-sense logic than that of Houston. These public statements from two high-profile officials could indeed go a long way in Houston becoming one of the next members of the Big 12.