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Big 12 might finally decide on conference expansion this month. Maybe.

UPDATE, 3 p.m.: Or maybe it's already decided. Apparently. 

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione told CBS Sports that the idea of expansion is done "for the time being." 

"There aren't any signs that we'll talk anymore about expansion for a little while," Castiglione told Dennis Dodd. 

So there you go. There's plenty more from Castiglione in the link, and my original post is below. 


The Big 12's expansion drama could be nearing a conclusion. Seriously this time. Maybe.

Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby told The Des Moines Register that the league could vote on whether to expand during its July 19 athletic directors meeting.

"It's more likely that there will be some continued discussion," Bowlsby told the Register. "I have indicated that I think it's about time we made some decisions one way or the other; whether that'll be on the 19th is yet to be determined.

"We'll not be served well by an ongoing, extended, protracted discussion of this. We've got the data we need. I think we need to establish institutional decisions and make some decisions."

I bring this up, of course, because USF and UCF are among the possible candidates to join the Big 12, if the league decides to expand. The schools both offer major TV markets and allow the conference to grow into Florida - even if neither is a national brand with elite football pedigrees.

Bowlsby told the Register that the league does "not have a list of candidates, per se," whatever that means exactly. Although Bowlsby seems to want the league to make up its mind, it's unclear where the Big 12 is leaning - and what that means for the Bulls and Knights.

"Assertions that expansion is a foregone conclusion are certainly not accurate," Bowlsby told the paper. "Equally inaccurate is there's absolutely no way we would expand."

Read the Register's full interview here. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 2:59pm]


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