After an initial report that Big 12 expansion had been tabled, it appears that the league will, in fact, begin looking at schools to add.
This is a surprise. Big 12 board asked commissioner Bowlsby to survey interest from universities interested in joining the Big 12.
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 19, 2016
While poaching a member school from one of the other four ‘Power Five’ leagues is unlikely, there are plenty of other ‘Group of Five’ programs that would probably leap at the chance to join up with Texas, Oklahoma, and the rest of the conference. However, there is no obvious choice. Every candidate school that is normally discussed for the Big 12 has serious cons to go with the pros, whether they deal with geography, football competitiveness, or market size.
Even so, it sounds like Big 12 expansion is probably inevitable at this point, which means we’ll hear a ton about the schools as they start to lobby for those spots. Here are the eight schools that would be the best choices for the Big 12.