It sounded like the prelude to a door slamming shut.Anybody get the feeling USF and the other 11 Big 12 hopefuls are about to get played?Hard not to think that way after Oklahoma president and Big 12 board chairman David Boren spoke with media Wednesday in Tulsa, Okla."I would just caution you and say I would not take expansion as a given" Boren said. "I'm not saying there won't be expansion. But I'm not saying it can be automatically assumed that there will be expansion."Uh-oh.That's coming from the president of one of the two biggest wheels in the Big 12, the other being the University of Longhorn Network.Translation: Thanks for playing, everybody!What are the lovely parting prizes?Two on the 50 for Iowa State-Kansas?We should have seen this coming. In truth, some of us did.You knew the Big 12 (I prefer the Big Crazy) hadn't thought this out when one second it was against expansion and then it was instantly for expansion after the ACC Network was invented.But what was USF and basically the rest of the American Athletic Conference supposed to do, sit this one out? It made compelling arguments and presentations last week before the Big 12. All the right people made the trip or made video pitches.What does that get you?Thanks for playing!Right now, I'd say there's an 85 percent chance of no Big 12 expansion and a 10 percent chance at expanding by two teams. Oh, and 5 percent chance of the Big 12 asks the AAC, 'You guys want Baylor?"Four-team expansion?Looks far-fetched at this point.That leaves well-intentioned, aspiring USF on the outside.Granted, the only true nightmare scenario for USF is if two teams get in and one played in the central part our state.Forget that. I would count UCF out, too.In fact, I just counted everyone out after Boren was done talking Wednesday.If I'm USF, the real prophecy of doom might have been when Boren discussed the consideration to be given the conference's TV partners, ESPN and Fox.Both networks would have to bump up and pay each Big 12 school by many more millions a year for each team the conference adds."We do have a relationship to maintain, not only short term, but long term with the networks," Boren said.Uh-oh IIFollow the money. ESPN and Fox don't want to pay that huge bill. They might make it in the Big 12's interest to not expand. Say, more money for the existing members. Every school for itself.Next thing you know, Big 12 writes heartfelt "best foot forward" letters to doomed expansion candidates.Thanks for playing, everybody!The Big Crazy.We're not sure if there will be an expansion decision by the Big 12 when Big 12 school presidents meet in October. I bet the Big 12 doesn't know, either.How did USF get in this conference's clutches?Oh, yeah, it applied for membership.But what are USF and the others going to do if the Big 12 doesn't expand? Sue?I'll tell you what they're going to do.They'll start getting in line for the next time the Big 12 talks about expansion.Crazy, but true.