Until they aren’t committed to that number, of course.
A lot of eyes in the world of college football, including many in the northwestern part of Florida, have been trained on the Big 12’s annual meetings this week, hoping to catch some sort of signal that conference is interested in expanding beyond its current 10-team membership.
Thus far, that hasn’t been the case. And, apparently, that’ll continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.
Speaking to the media following a series of meetings Wednesday, interim commissioner Chuck Neinas confirmed to the assembled sports-writing hoard that the athletic directors in his conference “reaffirmed their commitment to 10 members.” The outgoing commish, who will be officially replaced next month by Bob Bowlsby, compared the Big 12’s current situation and the desire to remain at 10, given the instability it’s faced over the past couple of years, to that of building a home.
“You have to build the family unit… one thing you always do when you’re building a house is make sure you have a firm foundation,” Neinas was quoted as saying.
Of course, there’s no word on how the athletic directors’ bosses feel about expanding the house. Just as obviously, the ADs and/or presidents could “change” their collective minds at any point between now and (pick a date) and make all of this public affirmation a moot point.