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Big 12 watch: BYU praised for 'excited' Twitter statement

BYU's director of athletics Tom Holmoe introduces Kalani Sitake as the new head football coach at a press conference in Provo Monday, Dec. 21, 2015.
BYU's director of athletics Tom Holmoe introduces Kalani Sitake as the new head football coach at a press conference in Provo Monday, Dec. 21, 2015.
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Big 12 expansion news and opinions have flooded the internet since the moment conference officials said they would look at adding more teams.

Here is the best recent information and opinions from around the web.


Max Olson of ESPN rated the candidates based on their Twitter statements. He writes, "Remember, Brigham Young does not have to play nice with its current conference because it has none. So the Cougars' AD focused on how stoked he is about the Big 12 news. Bonus points for giving a shout-out to Big 12 leadership and commissioner Bob Bowlsby."


Chandler Vessels of the Stillwater News Press ranks BYU and Cincinnati at the top of his list of schools. He wrote, "I think BYU and Cincinnati would be best. BYU poses a challenge with scheduling, because it cannot play on Sundays, but this won’t interfere with football and there has been talk of the school joining solely in that sport. The Cougars would bring with them a large fan base and allow the Big 12 to tap into a new market."


Jeremy Mauss of SB Nation's Mountain West Connection took a look at what Big 12 expansion means for the MWC.

"(Craig) Thompson would not specifically identify what schools have interest in the Big 12, but did say two teams told him they plan to send info to the Big 12. There is also no reason to block Mountain West teams from leaving as Thompson has given permission for the Big 12 to talk to Mountain West schools."

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.