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Bill Self is ‘Glad’ Big 12 Mexico is Being Delayed

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Earlier this month, the Big 12 Conference announced its intention to delay the “Big 12 Mexico” initiative that was set to ramp up later this year.

“Today, the Big 12 announced it will delay the launch of Big 12 Mexico, with a new target date of 2024,” a statement from the Big 12 reads. “Since Big 12 Mexico was announced, a variety of major initiatives have been added to the conference’s agenda – headlined by the onboarding of four new member institutions.

“The Big 12 will continue to build its brand in Mexico through its broadcast partners and remains enthusiastic about bringing the Big 12 to Mexico.”

 

This news was disappointing for many, as we were mere months away from seeing some major Big 12 contests being played on foreign soil–the first of which was set to be Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kelvin Sampson’s Houston Cougars.

The two programs have been among the most successful in the country in recent years and historically, and their meeting in Mexico City at Arena CDMX in December of 2024 was sure to be must-see TV. The game won’t happen now until 2025 at the earliest.

While Big 12 basketball fans are likely disappointed with the news, the coaches in charge couldn’t seem to be any happier about the delay.

 

“I’m glad. Our schedule is loaded enough,” Self said. “That’s a long way to go for one game. We’ll be team players and try to help the league… I am probably glad we are not doing it. I’m glad we’re not doing it this year.”

Sampson reiterated Self’s sentiment on the delay during media availability earlier this month.

“I’m ecstatic,” Sampson said. “Although, having been to Mexico City, it’s got the best street food in the world…

“I was never a big fan of that, but our commissioner. Our commissioner is unbelievable.The Big 12 is lucky to have him. For him to come in and start just popping firecrackers and lobbing cherry bombs, that dude is a bag of fireworks. I love him. I absolutely love Brett Yormark.”

The Big 12 maintains that it is intends to keep the initiative alive and is excited to do so, but there’s no telling where this thing might be a year from now, especially if the biggest coaches involved are glad to see it gone for the time being.

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