WHO ARE B12'S TOP 2 CANDIDATES RIGHT NOW?

Here's the latest on what I'm hearing on Big 12 expansion Friday:

 

If it's a two-school expansion, as of right now - and things are fluid and in debate and by no means final - it sounds like Houston is one and Cincinnati may be ahead of BYU as No. 2.

 

I'm told travel to BYU is a big concern/consideration.

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West Virginia president Gordon Gee (ironically a Utah native raised Mormon) has a lot of contacts in Ohio - including Cincinnati - from his days as president at Ohio State (2007-13).

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe made things interesting Friday by telling ESPN he believes something can be worked out with the Big 12 regarding BYU's no-Sunday rule. Because the Mormon faith calls for unwavering observance of the sabbath on Sundays, BYU has never competed on a Sunday.

The Cougars forfeited a berth in the 1958 College World Series after the NCAA refused to alter the schedule to accommodate BYU's no-Sunday rule.

"I believe that's something that can be worked out," Holmoe told ESPN, without going into specifics. "We've been in a lot of leagues through the years, and we've been able to work it out.

"There would be a difference in the Big 12 because that would be a Power 5 conference. They're going to ask questions. We'll have our solutions, creative ideas of what we can do. We're going to do everything we can."

BYU will never compete on a Sunday, so it's unclear what Holmoe is talking about.

Holmoe added that BYU would be willing to take partial distribution initially to join the Big 12 as well.

There is big-time discussion going on about if the league should expand by two or four.

Again, things are fluid and can change, so nothing is final. This is what I'm hearing right now - in real time.


As far as divisions for the Big 12 to determine participants in the league title game beginning in 2017, I was told Friday the league is NOT likely to have divisions that would change from year to year based on where a team finished in the league the previous season.

I was told that was "an unlikely option."

How the divisions will be drawn is still under consideration.

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