The Big 12 expansion search that once included 17 possible member schools is expected to end Monday, with no schools being added.
According to Sports Illustrated, the Big 12’s TV partners are likely to pay the league not to expand to eliminate a loophole that enables the league to receive nearly $25 million annually for every school it adds. ESPN and Fox were reportedly not thrilled about the idea of paying for a bigger Big 12.
“If they put more money up and bought out that pro rata clause, we’ll likely keep ourselves at 10,” a Big 12 source told SI.
The conference’s presidents will meet at Dallas Fort/Worth International Airport on Sunday and Monday with a formal announcement of the expansion plans around 6 p.m. ET Monday.
Everything could change once the presidents are all together, sources told SI. Bottom line: expect the unexpected as the conference has proved time and time again they are unclear about the direction of the league.
The 17 schools that will made presentations to the Big 12, include: Boise State, BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado State, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, New Mexico, SMU, South Florida, Temple, Tulane, UCF and UConn.
Regardless of expansion, the Big 12 has plans to bring back its football championship next year.