The Big 12 Conference will not be expanding, according to multiple reports Monday. The conference will hold a press conference later today to address today’s meeting of Big 12 presidents, which reportedly involved votes on prospective members to join the conference. No school received the necessary votes to receive an invitation to join the Big 12.
Big 12 university presidents gathered today for a meeting that lasted roughly five hours. None of the university presidents spoke with the media, but Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated and Jim Trotter of ESPN were among those reporting expansion would not be happening as a result of today’s meeting.
This will put the idea of expansion in the Big 12 on hold for now, but the story itself will surely never be far away. The current contracts with television partners at FOC and ESPN expire in 2025, at which time the future stability of the conference will once again be in the spotlight, if not before. It has previously been reported FOX and ESPN would be willing to increase their revenue to the Big 12 if the conference did not expand, thus saving the networks some money by not having to account for revenues shares for additional members that may not have added much value to the TV deals in place.
For now, schools like BYU, Cincinnati, UCF and Houston will feel left out to hang by the Big 12 and will be forced to stay where they currently are as a well-publicized Plan B. This news is also good for the American Athletic Conference and the Mountain West Conference, as it would seem for now their memberships will remain in order.