Sources: Big 12 hoping to have expansion presentations wrapped up this week

Presentations to the Big 12 by potential expansion schools are being made this week and sources told Pony Stampede the Big 12 wants to have those wrapped up by end of week.

The Big 12 Conference is hosting potential expansion schools today and through the end of this week in Dallas.

Houston presented to the Big 12 shortly after 3 pm CT on Wednesday with Air Force presenting around 4 pm CT. UCF arrived Wednesday night for a Thursday morning presentation. Tulane presented early Thursday afternoon.

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Schools like BYU, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Rice, SMU and South Florida and Tulane expect to present at some point later Wednesday the day or week. Most schools are in a holding pattern.

One source familiar with the Big 12's schedule this week told Pony Stampede that it's a fluid situation with some schools as to whether they'll get the call to actually present. Connecticut was expected to present Thursday.

While expansion is being mulled and an Oct. 17 Big 12 Presidents meeting looms, another source said that standing pat at 10 is becoming a more likely scenario as lots of details are being worked out among schools, television networks and other parties.

As for SMU's case, the school has held multiple meetings with power brokers in the Big 12 like David Boren and Greg Fenves, presidents of Oklahoma and Texas, respectively to make their case.

It's not a secret that Bob Bowlsby also lives close by to SMU's campus and while Bowlsby doesn't make the decision, he's the man Big 12 member schools have asked to do his due diligence and research potential candidates.

Many schools in the running are viewing this not only as a chance to improve their conference affiliation, but to also find where the school must improve for the next round of expansion. 

While many industry sources have said that the Big 12 has favorites, that's not the case, two sources close to decision makers told Pony Stampede. Many schools will look to Texas and Oklahoma for the decision on what is best for the Big 12. Schools also recognize how quickly a program can go from dormant to power in today's world of recruiting and coaching changes.

The Big 12 hopes to have presentations concluded by the end of this week, but could stretch into next week.

Patrick Engel and Billy Embody collaborated on this story. 


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