BYU may be an independent in football, but the Cougars may owe the West Coast Conference some money if they move to the Big 12 Conference, as expected.
The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach provided some clarity around exactly what the Cougars might owe the WCC in the event of their departure.
It all depends on exactly how much notice the Cougars give the WCC.
So, the Cougars can buy themselves out of the WCC on an expedited timeline, in as little as 12 months. But it will cost them $1 million. It’s $500,000 if it is between 12 and 24 months. If the Cougars want to live up to the entirety of their contract, they can do so without a buyout with 24 months’ notice.
It’s unclear what the Cougars would do, but more clarity should be coming soon.
The Big 12 Conference is reportedly set to announce on Friday that it will invite BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston to the conference. The Big 12 presidents will meet and are expected to vote all four programs into the league. At least two schools have special meetings set for Friday to consider the invitation right away.
From a football standpoint, 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. UCF is receiving votes in the AP Top 25.
Unlike BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF are members of the American Athletic Conference.
Friday’s vote could pave the way for the four schools to join the Big 12 as early as 2023. Cincinnati, Houston and UCF would need to give the AAC 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 in 2025 after the grant of media rights agreement between the Big 12 members ends, which will allow the Sooners and Longhorns to move to the Southeastern Conference.
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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