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Released USF Letter Claims University Is Ideal Big 12 Candidate

USF officials sent a letter to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby proposing the university as the best Big 12 candidate.

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The letter, dated July 29, highlights USF's key strengths. Specifically, these include: national academic prominence, increasing local and international alumni base, overall area population and media-market size and athletic competitiveness.

"We believe our values of commitment to our student athletes, engagement in the community, academic achievement, creativity, and integrity align with the Big 12's strong foundation of competitive excellence," the letter states.

Also, the university cites its "unique strengths" and "foothold in one of the country's most populous and rapidly growing regions."

The conference has yet to comment on the letter.

Are the Bulls a likely addition to the Big 12?

In June, Big 12 board chairman and Oklahoma president David Boren said of possible expansion schools: "We want to make sure they're not dilutive."

Basically, you're either in a Power Five program or you're increasingly powerless in the system looking to add fresh meat.

The released letter portrays USF as the former, but do recent events paint the school in the best light?

The South Florida men's basketball program is currently involved in an NCAA investigation for possible academic fraud issues. As a result, the team's assistant coach Oliver Antigua resigned. While not a major hindrance to Big 12 expansion consideration, this hiccup in the university's reputation is so recent that it's likely still in the conference's memory.

Do you think USF is a good choice for Big 12 expansion?