As was reported last week would take place, Yahoo’s Pete Thamel reported Monday that the presidents of the Big 12 Conference schools met Monday to discuss the “impending applications” of BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston to the conference.
According to Thamel, no formal votes about adding those schools was taken, as it was “more of an informational meeting.” That said, things are expected to continue to move quickly. Thamel reported that applications are expected by Wednesday, and a formal vote will likely take place on Friday.
Sports Illustrated had also reported last Friday that a vote for this coming Friday could happen.
Sources: Big 12 presidents held a meeting on Monday. No votes took place, as it was more an informational meeting to go over the impending applications of UCF, Cincinnati, BYU and Houston to join the league. 1/3— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 6, 2021
Thamel quoted a source as saying, “We’re heading toward adding four teams in the next short period of time.”
As far as the timeline for the four schools to start competing in the Big 12, Thamel reported that it will likely be in 2023, meaning two more seasons of 10 teams in the conference, then two seasons with 14 before Texas and Oklahoma depart for the SEC after the 2024 season, when the Big 12’s TV deal expires.
Thamel did note, “The league could still consider another round of expansion prior to the new television deal.”