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Florida Politician Wants USF, UCF To Join The Big 12

The USF mascot raising its arms.

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: The mascot from the University of South Florida Bulls entertains during play against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. USF won 37-10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

The politician wrote a letter to the Big 12's commissioner.

The Big 12 is currently 10 teams large with no reported plans for expansion. One politician wants that to change.

On the heels of successful seasons by both Central Florida and South Florida, one Sunshine State politician believes the Big 12 should further look at expansion by adding the two rising Florida programs.

Bobby Olszewski, a republican representative, has written a letter to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, asking him to think about adding UCF and USF. Some of his letter, of course, focuses on the added TV ratings.

“More than ever during the college football season, we saw how important television ratings are to bowl games, the conferences, and the College Football Playoff,” Olszewski wrote.

“With UCF and USF representing the greater Central Florida and Tampa Bay media markets, our annual “War on I-4″ was one of the top television rated games this season en route to a 123 and 10 win season respectively for the UCF Knights and USF Bulls as well as both with top 25 final rankings.”

Again, there's been no reported discussion about the Big 12 expanding. There was a couple of years ago, but it didn't go well at all, with much of the conference's fan bases freaking out about the schools being considered.

Are UCF and USF good enough football programs to join the Big 12? Probably. But it's doubtful that the league is going to consider adding them anytime soon.

For now, the Big 12 is content with its 10-team league. There's little reason for them to not be content, too.