Cincinnati has delivered its application for membership into the Big 12 Conference, according to a report in the Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday.
Enqurier reporter Jason Williams reported that two different university sources confirmed the application.
The submission was expected. Per Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Cincinnati, UCF, BYU and Houston were expected to submit applications for membership in the next ’48 hours.’ That was on Monday.
The Bearcats are members of the American Athletic Conference right now. UCF and Houston are also in the AAC, while BYU is an independent.
Right now, the Bearcats are the best football program of the bunch, as they’re ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 this week. UCF is receiving votes in the Top 25.
Thamel’s report indicated that the Big 12 could act on these applications this week, with a vote as early as Friday. That vote, if yes, would pave the way for those schools to join the conference as early as 2023. That would overlap with the departure of Oklahoma and Texas, meaning the Big 12 could have as many as 14 teams, if that sort of scenario comes to fruition.
Texas and Oklahoma are planning a departure after 2024. That’s when the grant of media rights agreement between the Big 12 members ends, which would allow the Sooners and Longhorns to move to the Southeastern Conference.
Of course, Oklahoma and Texas could leave early, if they want to pay the $80 million exit fee.
On Monday, at least one Big 12 coach — Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy — expressed his support of the four teams that are planning on submitting applications for membership.
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