The Big 12 Conference officially added four teams on Saturday when the schedule changed to July 1.
Houston, Cincinnati, BYU and UCF join conference nearly two years later The 12 great presidents voted to expand the league.
«It’s July 1. Big day,» Big 12 commissioner brett yorkmark saying. «Great day for the Big 12 Conference, our fans. Welcome UCF, Cincinnati, Houston, BYU. We are so excited to have you at the conference. We have waited a long time for this moment. Can’t wait to be on campus this fall. Welcome, welcome, welcome. Glad to have you in the Big 12.»
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The Big 12 prepares to play next season with 14 teams against Texas and oklahoma exit to the SEC in 2024.
Yormark said Thursday that ideally he would like to keep the conference to 14 teams, but would be fine with 12.
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«I think there’s strength in numbers, but if we end up at 12, that’s great,» Yormark said during an interview on «BYU Sports Nation.» «I’d like to stay at 14, even with the Texas and Oklahoma exits, honestly. We’ll see if that’s a possibility or not, but I love 12. I love the current comp going forward. In fact, I’m thrilled with it. «.
«We’re not chasing a number. Again, whatever happens has to create real value for the conference and fit within those guiding principles with respect to how we’re thinking about expansion. But it’s not so much a number that we’re thinking about. It’s really about that fit, and I think that’s vitally important.»
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Cincinnati, UCF and Houston make it to the Big 12 from the American Athletic Conferencewhile BYU was independent.
“This is a historic day for the houston university. As I look back over the years, there have been many pivotal moments and influential people responsible for paving the way to this moment. This transformation has been 30 years in the making,» said Vice President of Athletics Chris Pezman. «Our institution, programs and student-athletes are eager to put the unique UH stamp on the Big 12 Conference.»