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Mendenhall tells Texas newspaper, 'We would love to be in the Big 12'

Published: Sunday, July 5 2015 4:00 a.m. MDT

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, left, ad BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, right, shakes hands following their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. BYU upset Oklahoma 14-13. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, left, ad BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, right, shakes hands following their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. BYU upset Oklahoma 14-13. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall made his case for the Cougars' inclusion in the Big 12 Conference on Thursday.

He told the Austin American-Statesman that it "would make a lot of sense for BYU" to be added to the Power 5 league.

"Our attendance is high enough. And our winning percentage is high enough," Mendenhall said. "We have the entire Salt Lake City and Utah market as well as a worldwide following because of the church. There’d be a ton to offer the Big 12 because it’s a money-generated world right now. You’re talking about an amazing kind of brand."

In addition to talking to Mendenhall, the American-Statesmen talked to two Big 12 sources that despite the Cougars' strong case for inclusion, they said BYU's chances are slim.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson, right, shakes hands with BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall after their NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. TCU won 38-28. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (LM Otero, AP) TCU head coach Gary Patterson, right, shakes hands with BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall after their NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. TCU won 38-28. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (LM Otero, AP)

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