A couple of major reasons BYU didn’t get in the Big 12 were expansion pushback from the TV networks and honor code objections.
Conference members are making so much money that they don’t want to share. Meanwhile, presidents couldn’t come to a decision as to which teams to include.
Too bad for the Big 12, at least in one sense: expansion actually is working.
That’s about all I can surmise from looking at several other schools that brought their own expansion concerns. When Utah joined the Pac-12, there were plenty of doubts. But now it is tied for the lead in the Pac-12 South. It tied for the South Division title last season, and is ranked No. 18 nationally this year. It has qualified for bowls three times since joining the Pac-12, winning them all.
Meanwhile, Louisville came to the ACC when the Big East was collapsing. Now it is ranked seventh and has been to bowls six consecutive seasons, including the 2012 Sugar Bowl. The Cardinals are trailing only Clemson in the ACC Atlantic Division.
Another former Big East program, West Virginia, is undefeated and ranked No. 12 as a member of the Big 12.
TCU, which jumped from the Mountain West to the Big 12, has been to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Peach Bowl (a New Year’s Six game) and Alamo Bowl since moving.34 comments on this story
Whether it’s hunger to prove themselves P5 worthy, or simply that they outgrew their existing conferences is debatable. But they haven’t been merely doormats.
Rutgers to the Big Ten? OK, not everyone makes their case.
Still, expansion critics say none of the candidates for the Big 12 made a strong enough case that it could help the conference. There's good evidence to say otherwise.
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