This is another article that have many of the same views as I do on a potential Big 12 without Texas and Oklahoma. http://www.vanquishthefoe.com/2016/4/25 ... ealignment
The Big 12 have half ownership in the Sugar Bowl and will always have access to the playoff access bowls unless they rewrite the entire four team playoff contacts which seems unlikely. Additionally the Big 12 has two NCAA votes compared to the one per each of the current group of five leagues.
So forget the University of Texas vote if the school is against expansion. It very likely Texas will be gone very soon and prepare for this now. Oklahoma is in favor of expansion, however, will probably become Texas travel partner so use the yes vote with Oklahoma to make the changes now.
Regardless of Kansas brand name in basketball, I do not see Kansas having the same clout to leave as the Oklahoma and Texas.
So really expansion this summer should be all about which schools do Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, WVU want to be associated with in the next decade?
Based on clout, the state of Connecticut would be a good supporting structure to keep the Big 12 in the power league discussions.
Cincinnati is another school that Oklahoma apparently likes and will support for expansion and would be a good school in a post Big 12 that may not include Texas and Oklahoma.
So how would this look if Oklahoma and Texas are not longer around?
West: Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State
East: WVU, UConn, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Central Florida, South Florida
This league would be similar to the suggestion at that time WVU AD Oliver Luck suggested when the Pac 16 proposal were heating up with probability the remaining Big East schools would create a new league with the remaining Big 12 schools.
West: Baylor, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Louisville
East: WVU, Rutgers, Cincinnati, UConn, USF, USF
Summary: The Big 12 should expand this summer with UConn, Cincinnati, USF, UCF and let the chips fall where they may in 2026.