Since the day that Texas and Oklahoma decided to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, we knew Big 12 expansion was coming.
And according to a report from Brett McMurphy of the Action Network, it could be coming wayyyyyyy quicker than any of us anticipated.
That's because according to McMurphy, the school has zeroed in on four schools: BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and Central Florida. And invites could be extended by the end of the month.
According to McMurphy, there are still a few factors at play over when the invites will officially come, and when the new schools could join the league.
We told you last week that BYU was in the Big 12's cross-hairs, and their invite could come first according to McMurphy. Put simply, their path to the Big 12 is much simpler, since they are not currently affiliated with a conference for football (their other sports, including men's basketball, play in the WCC).
As for Cincinnati, Houston and UCF, their departures could get a bit more messy, as per their contract with the AAC, they would owe a $10 million exit fee and must provide 27 months notice they're leaving. Meaning, if the league holds them to it, they would be tied to the league until the end of the 2023 season. Not much different than Texas and Oklahoma, in their attempts to move to the SEC.
There is also the Texas and Oklahoma factor in all this. Those two schools would $80 million apiece if they left the Big 12 ahead of 2024, which is why it's possible that some of (if not all) the new teams could join the league before Texas and Oklahoma leave.
Still, with this news, it shows once again that the wheels of realignment are moving.
It appears as though the Big 12, will once again be back at 10 teams when it's all said and done.
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