Blog article out of San Antonio with comments from Big12 Commish who still says that his league plans to stay at 10 schools for the time being.Link at http://blog.mysanantonio.com/longhorns/ ... sby-big-12
In other words, the Big 12 will have no interest on expansion whatsoever. Just hope that it won't mean that it'll be the last of the Big 12. Eventually in the future, there will be 2 schools more for the conference to have division alignment format and the revival of its CCG. And I bet that Florida State (my Noles) won't be on the list to be considered as an expansion candidate. They should have like Arkansas or LSU or Miami or Tulsa (won't happen because they will be in the old Big East, I mean, AAC).
I like Bowlsby's idea of the stipend for all student athletes. I just hope, though, if such is enacted, it does not become a slippery slope, ever mounting pressure to increase the disbursements, or fb & bb participants end up receiving larger amounts proportionally.
Bowlsby continues to speak very conservatively on expansion. Actually, acting Commish Neimus, I believe, was the one who brought in TCU & WVU. I agree with what Bowlsby says, but the questions about renewing the CCG, & how size may impact the playoffs, still lingers.
I think it comes down to not having very desirable teams to add at this point in time. Still, the B12 passed on Louisville, which would have connected to WVU, and L'ville is having good success in their prime sports.
I also like what Bowlsby said about poaching schools. I don't think any school should be extracted based on gutting their rivals and some sort of financial blackmail. On the other hand, if someone desperately wants to leave, and another conference of desirability and not extreme size, wants the school,
then let it happen with 'reasonable' exit criteria and costs.
The BIG (and top others) has paused for the moment, for several reasons, on beginning a new expansion extravaganza. Being labeled too much of a predator conference shall get some blow-back.
While conferences vary in revenue disbursements, and the ones with stronger and better schools certainly produce and deserve more than those with less output, there should be some level and measure of compatibility and consistency for like-kind. Too great of a divide shall yield certain negative consequences for the sports & schools involved across the board.