There has been a fair amount of Big 12 expansion chatter in the last couple of days to catch up on.

Amy Daughters of FBSchedules asked the question, "Is the Big 12 expansion plan a big mistake?"

She writes, "Though each of these options has its own set of pros and cons, what if the Big 12 will incur irreparable damage by choosing any of the schools still left standing?"

She than takes a different angle than most on how the conference should expand, saying, "The more effective approach — if the end game is creating a guaranteed slot like the SEC enjoys — is to quell all doubts by adding two current Power programs.

"It’s time to poach.

"The Big 12 needs to look for partner schools who can add prestige to the league, both academically and athletically, but who won’t be impossible to score wins against. So, while they do need a competitive Power program, they don’t need a Top 5 school."

She goes on to list schools that might be worth a look, including Pittsburgh and Louisville.


ESPN's Jake Trotter took a look at the latest developments in the expansion process.

He described what happened during the in-person meetings with the candidates, saying, "Each session, with commissioner Bob Bowlsby and a small group of Big 12 officials, lasted roughly two hours, and the expansion candidates were limited to bringing up to five representatives, who also had to be employed by the schools in some capacity. The majority brought their president, athletic director, board chair and general counsel."

Trotter continued, "The schools spent most of those two hours pitching their individual strengths to the conference: SMU, its proximity to the rest of the league; Houston, its red-hot football program and its ability to help the Big 12 with the Houston TV market; USF and UCF, the upside of their top-20 TV markets and massive enrollments."

After looking at what will happen on Oct. 17, and how the conference will reach a consensus, he turned the attention to BYU.

"Months ago, BYU was viewed as the frontrunner in any Big 12 expansion scenario. With a passionate national fan base, strong football tradition, top-35 TV market in Salt Lake City and solid academic credentials, BYU checked every box of the criteria the Big 12 said it would be analyzing," he writes.

He then talks about the cons that come along with the Cougars, saying, "But the LGBT community's opposition to BYU because of its honor code has turned BYU's candidacy 'toxic,' as one Big 12 insider characterized it."

He then quotes another insider, "Their appeal doesn't outweigh the baggage, even though the appeal is great."

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.