No New Teams: Did the Big 12 Drop the Ball?

The conference is sticking with the original 10.

By Alexandra HartOctober 18, 2016 12:17 pm

After months of will-they-or-won’t-they speculation, the Big 12 Conference decided yesterday evening that they’re sticking with their original 10 schools. Those schools include Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, the University of Texas at Austin, and other out-of-state colleges.

Back in July, the Big 12 said it would explore its options by looking into adding two, or even four, teams to the lineup. This prompted a lot of speculation about who should – and shouldn’t – become part of the conference.

But late yesterday, the official announcement was a no-go.

Steven Godfrey, a senior reporter for SB Nation, sits down with the Standard to discuss the teaser decision.

“This is unprecedented in terms of a large expansion search by a Power 5 conference to result in absolutely nothing,” Godfrey says. “I wouldn’t even dub it a conspiracy theory – there is a working theory that, because of the Big 12’s continuous relationship with their television partners, this was all done to create leverage.”

What you will hear in this segment:

– Why many people are angry about this non-decision

– What ultimately played into the decision not to expand

– Where this leaves the Big 12 Conference