After a long stretch with little to report, there's finally some more good Big 12 expansion information.
Brett McMurphy and Jake Trotter of ESPN reported that, according to sources, the Big 12 has narrowed its list of candidates down to at least 12, which includes BYU, Air Force, Colorado State, Rice and eight teams from the AAC.
They wrote, "The Big 12 trimmed its group of potential candidates by nearly one-third. Almost two dozen schools that were interested in joining the league conducted video conferences with Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby over the past two weeks."
Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News breaks down the ugly side of the process.
He writes, "Don’t forgive the Big 12 for the untoward process the conference has devised in determining whether or how to expand its membership. It’s a travesty to entice 20 or more major universities to audition for the league like they’re in a remount of 'A Chorus Line.'”
He continued, "It’s also a hustle. The Big 12 principals knew that East Carolina and New Mexico and Arkansas State — really? Arkansas State? — had as much chance at gaining membership in the league as Permian High."
He then talks about why schools would want to go through the process, saying, "Because it pays better, and because if the Big 12 does implode inside a decade — if Texas or Oklahoma declines to realize just how good they’ve got it — then the Bearcats or Huskies or whomever will have forged relationships with quality athletic programs at Kansas or Iowa State that might be of value in the aftermath."
Pete Fiutak ranked the finalists for College Football News, making a case for and against 10 of the schools.
He has the Houston Cougars at No. 1 on his list followed by BYU at No. 2. In his case for BYU, he focuses on three points, talking about the fanbase, the football program and the TV market.
As part of his case against BYU he also mentions three things: Sunday play, the controversy over religious rules and BYU TV.