Naturally, if you call yourself the Big 12, you should have 12 teams in your conference (right, Big Ten?). Well, if Oklahoma President David Boren gets his way, the Big 12 should expand in the near future to include 12 teams.
This would allow the conference to have a title game, something Commissioner Bob Bowlsby ultimately decided against back in May. Boren, like many other proponents for expanding, feels the Big 12 is at a disadvantage to the other Power Five conferences.
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“I’m an advocate of living up to our name,” Boren said. “I was an advocate of it when we saw Louisville go other places and other things. I like being 12 rather than 10. I like that as long-range stability for the conference. Is it urgent? No.
“We should [expand] if we can find the right partners. Something we should strive for while we have the time, stability.”
Boren also pointed out that the Big 12’s television deal will stay the same proportionally if the conference expands. In other words, each school would continue to get the same amount of money annually should the Big 12 add two more schools due to the pro rata clause in the contract.
There are some hurdles to clear to get to 12 teams and one is money (isn’t it always?), as the conference currently splits the College Football Playoff money they get between the 10 members. If they would expand to 12 teams, that money would shrink.
Also, Bowlsby says that other presidents have a say and many don’t feel the same way as Boren at this moment.