Seemingly once and for all, the Big 12 Conference on Monday announced it will not expand, opting to remain a 10-institution conference.
With BYU having lobbied to join the conference, there was plenty of strong reaction on Twitter from locals as the news unfolded.
Predictably, there was a sense of frustration on the part of Cougar fans that the school was not added to the conference.
Scrolling through Twitter last night vs scrolling through Twitter now pic.twitter.com/E38DCjsEED— Robby McCombs (@rtmccombs) October 17, 2016
omg Idk why I'm watching this dang press conference because it's just MAKING ME MAD— mary blanchard (@marydblanchard) October 17, 2016
The BIG12 is about as forthright as Olive Garden is authentic italian food....— Benjamin Criddle (@CriddleBenjamin) October 17, 2016
Perhaps just as predictably, University of Utah fans chimed in on the matter.
And there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in Provo. https://t.co/RtXETWwRqK— The U Fan Cast (@TheUFanCast) October 17, 2016
Jokes aside.. I'm sorry for all my byu friends. It's got to be frustrating dealing with the joke that is the Big 12 conference.— Steve Bartle (@SBartle247) October 17, 2016
Donald Trump and other jokes
With the presidential election just over three weeks away, some Twitter users managed to weave references to Republican nominee Donald Trump into the conversation.
Big 12 is the GOP. Formerly-powerful group that used to be exciting to discuss awaiting a slow burn to its inevitable end. Texas is Trump.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 17, 2016
Donald Trump's reaction to this Big 12 press conference: It's just words.— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) October 17, 2016
The Big 12's drawn-out decision to ultimately not expand was the subject of all sorts of jokes.
Republicans & Democrats: "I bet there isn't an organization in America more dysfunctional than our parties!"— Tyler Dreiling (@TylerDreiling) October 17, 2016
The Big 12 Conference: lol hi.
In addition to announcing non-expansion, the Big 12 has announced the name of the conference will be changed to the 'Temporary Ten'— Zak Hicken (@zakhicken) October 17, 2016
David Boren saying the Big 12 expansion candidates didn't waste their time pic.twitter.com/CsxPdZ62Lr— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 17, 2016
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.