Report: Utah, ASU Apply For Big 12 Membership Amid Pac-12 Collapse
Aug 4, 2023, 3:44 PM | Updated: 4:05 pm
SALT LAKE CITY – In a Yormark minute…Utah and ASU apply for Big 12 membership after the Pac-12 couldn’t get their media rights deal over the finish line earlier Friday morning per ESPN’s Pete Thamel.
Many thought the Wildcats would be the one to administer the death blow to the Pac-12 after Thursday night’s happenings but woke up to news they were in-step with the remaining nine Pac members and heading to a meeting to sign off on a media deal. That all changed when Oregon pulled out at the last second and the Big Ten called a meeting that was not scheduled.
Sources: Both Utah and Arizona State have applied for formal membership to the Big 12 Conference, and there’s a call tonight with the Big 12's presidents and chancellors to discuss their membership. Arizona applied and was approved yesterday.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 4, 2023
Will Utah, ASU Join The Big 12?
As Thamel’s Tweet states, the Big 12 will meet later tonight to discuss adding the Utes and Sun Devils to their growing roster of schools. The Wildcats are already approved and just need to vote within themselves to make the final move.
Action Network’s Brett McMurphy supports Thamel’s claims that Utah, ASU, and Arizona are likely set to join the Big 12 pending approval within the next 24 hours.
BREAKING: Arizona, Arizona State & 2-time defending Pac-12 champion Utah joining Big 12 in 2024 pending Big 12 formal approval in next 24 hours, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ. Big 12 will be 3rd league w/at least 16 schools, while Pac-12 down to 4 schoolshttps://t.co/ElL3jh2HLg
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 4, 2023
If approved, Utah has an opportunity to come into the Big 12 and instantly compete for their title and a spot in the revamped college football playoff.
The Utes also bring the potential for some solid in-conference rivalries with BYU, TCU, Colorado, Arizona and if also approved ASU that could help increase intrigue of the Pheonix-like conference as they rise from seeming ashes.
We will keep you updated as information becomes available on Utah and ASU’s status with the Big 12.
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