Source: B12 no plans to expand

Don't look for the Big 12 to make any dramatic changes as a result of being left out of the first, four-team College Football Playoff - certainly not expansion, a league source told on Monday.

Big 12 athletic directors are meeting in New York Monday and Tuesday and a source close to the situation said the Big 12 has no plans to expand to 12 to qualify for a conference championship game as required currently by NCAA guidelines.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Sunday the Big 12 is seeking a waiver from the NCAA to have a conference title game with less than 12 schools.

But even if such a waiver is granted, it's not likely the Big 12 would immediately seek to play a conference title game with 10 schools, the source said. The source said another year of the playoff needs to play out before the Big 12 decides whether to change any major policy, the source said.

The ADs are talking right now about clarifying league policy - once and for all - about whether to use the head-to-head tiebreaker to crown one champion or continue to recognize co-champions going forward, the source said.

And the Big 12, whose motto is "One True Champion," needs to decide if the tiebreaker would be used only in football to crown one true champion or in all its sports, the source said.

No definitive decision on such a policy change is likely to come until the athletic directors meet again in the spring, the source said.

There were also conversations about how to improve the strength of the conference in football, including strengthening non-conference schedules.

The source said the Big 12 won't go so far as to require its member schools to schedule a Power 5 opponent in the non-conference in the near future as the SEC and ACC have recently.

(The SEC will require schools to play a Power 5 opponent in non-conference play beginning in 2016, and the ACC will do the same beginning in 2017.)

But the Big 12 athletic directors have already been in discussions about the College Football Playoff selection committee's emphasis on strength of schedule, the source said.

Baylor hasn't scheduled an FBS opponent in the non-conference since 2009 (Wake Forest). Currently, BU's non-conference scheduling includes only one Power 5 opponent (Duke in 2017 and 2018) through 2019.

Next season, Baylor's non-conference schedule includes SMU (1-11 in 2014), Lamar (which re-started its football program in 2010 after being disbanded in 1989) and Rice.

Every team in the Big 12 has a Power 5 opponent in the non-conference in 2015 except for Baylor, Kansas State (South Dakota, at UTSA and Louisiana Tech) and Oklahoma State (at Central Michigan, Central Arkansas and UTSA).

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