National Reaction To Big 12 Inviting BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, UCF

Sep 10, 2021, 2:19 PM
Bob Bowlsby - Big 12 Conference...
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks to the press during the Big 12 Conference football media days on July 14, 2021 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah – The Big 12 Conference has four new members in BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF.

It was a different expansion situation this time around compared to 2016. The Big 12 was proactive and made it clear they were not going to dissolve as many around the country forecasted for them when Texas and Oklahoma announced their intentions to join the SEC.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and the existing eight schools unanimously voted BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF into their conference.

BYU will join the league beginning in the 2023-24 academic year and the three former AAC programs will join in 2024-25, but it could end up being 2023 as well.

Big 12 Conference expansion was buzzing with prominent college talking heads on social heads. Here are some of the notable reactions to the Big 12 inviting four new members into their league.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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