The Big 12 Conference membership appears to be on the same page after a year of unsteadiness, according to a report from ESPN on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Pete Thamel wrote a piece that assessed what each of the three remaining Power-5 Conferences are attempting to do in the wake of USC’s and UCLA’s move to the Big Ten, announced last week.
The Big 12 is reportedly having serious talks with at least four Pac-12 members — Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, and Colorado — joining the conference. Those talks happened on Tuesday, and were the most involved that have taken place to this point. Additionally, another report noted that the Big 12 may have interested in as many as six Pac-12 teams.
Just a year ago, the Big 12, to many, was on borrowed time after Oklahoma and Texas announced it was heading to the SEC in 2025.
Now? It appears the past year’s trials have made the league’s membership stronger.
“We’re more galvanized than we’ve ever been,” a league source told Thamel. “There’s no interest by Big 12 members going to the Pac-12 or ACC.”
If there is, indeed, no interest in pursuing a merger with the Pac-12 — which was suggested last year but the Pac-12 took a pass on — then it appears the Big 12 is being more aggressive than it has ever been when it comes to pursuing new members.
If the Big 12 succeeds in adding Pac-12 schools, they will join the four programs that will move to the Big 12 on July 1, 2023 — BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF.
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