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Expansion update: Memphis makes Big 12 pitch

The buzz over possible Big 12 expansion continues its steep ascension to the fever-pitch stratosphere, with reports that Memphis is seriously jostling for a spot at the Power Five conference's table.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Tuesday that school president M. David Rudd released a Memphis promotional publication on his Twitter account, presumably to sell the city and school to the Big 12.

The same story also reported Rudd sent the publication along with a letter to Texas president Dr. Gregory Fenves in December. Rudd also told Fenves in the letter he would “welcome the chance to connect via phone and discuss in more depth some of the great things going on in Memphis.”

The report comes on the heels of a similar ploy by Cincinnati president Santa Ono and -- to a lesser degree -- Connecticut president Susan Herbst to court favor with the Big 12. USF, meantime, is believed to be marketing its brand to possible expansion suitors more covertly, leaving few traceable tracks.

Amid this hubbub was Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announcing findings favorable to expansion from an analytics firm commissioned by the leage. The findings indicated adding two teams to the Big 12 would increase its chances of reaching the College Football Playoff by 4 to 5 percent.  

And just what might Big 12 presidents be seeking in possible expansion candidates? We tried tackling that in this Times story published Tuesday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 11:01am]


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