Blue roundup: BYU, Big 12 rumors still percolating

Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 4:15 p.m. MST

Here we go again.

Rumors about BYU joining the Big 12 just won't go away. Maybe they have something to do with Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds' comments to a chamber of commerce last week. Dodds said that the Cougars are still a target of Big 12 expansion.

Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman looks at the topic of Big 12 expansion in his latest blog.

"I got an email from a Brigham Young graduate — who lives in Michigan, of all places — who asked a series of excellent questions. I thought I would try to answer them," Tramel writes. "Are talks starting back up in earnest between BYU and the Big 12, or is this just idle banter by Dodds? My guess is idle banter. I don’t sense much momentum for BYU. I think the addition of West Virginia makes the Big 12 much more likely to look East than West. If talks are heating up, is there a feeling towards how serious the Big 12 and BYU are feeling, respectively, about each other? The question of BYU’s seriousness is interesting. I was a big proponent of BYU last summer, but then I heard from all kinds of BYU people about how pleased the Cougars are with independence and how they wouldn’t join the Big 12 unless the terms were just right. I think that makes BYU a longshot. I think the Big 12 enjoyed the jubilation we saw in Fort Worth and Morgantown over TCU and West Virginia joining the conference. I don’t think the Big 12 wants someone who is lukewarm about the conference."

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