UCF submitted its application for membership into the Big 12 Conference, according to a report at UCFSports.com on Tuesday.
The Rivals.com site reported that university sources confirmed the submission of the application.
The submission was expected. Per Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, UCF, Cincinnati, BYU and Houston were expected to submit applications for membership in the next ’48 hours.’ That report was on Monday.
The Knights, like the Bearcats are members of the American Athletic Conference right now. Houston is also in the AAC, while BYU is an independent in football.
UCF is receiving votes in the AP Top 25. The Bearcats are the best football program of the four prospective members, as they’re ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 this week.
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. The schools currently in the AAC would need to give the conference 27 months’ notice before leaving.
If these schools could join in 2023, that would overlap with the departure of Oklahoma and Texas, meaning the Big 12 could have as many as 14 teams.
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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