Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby addresses attendees during Big 12 media day, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Dallas. With expansion still an unsettled issue for the Big 12 Conference, Commissioner Bowlsby gave his annual state of the league address to open football media days. And a day later he meets with the league's board of directors. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Report: Big 12 officials want expansion done before 2016 season begins

Posted July 29th, 2016

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Big 12 officials would prefer to wrap up the conference expansion process before the start of the 2016 football season, according to a report from CBS Sports.

Three sources told CBS Sports that league officials do not want expansion talk to drag into the fall and distract from the upcoming season.

“I have not made any comment on time frame and do not plan any such statement,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said, according to the report.

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If expansion teams can be identified quickly, that might help get them into the Big 12 before the start of the 2017 season. Earlier this month at Big 12 media days, Bowlsby said most leagues require a 12-month advance notification if teams intend to leave.

Houston has long been considered a team high on the Big 12’s expansion list. A Houston source has told the American-Statesman the Cougars would face a $10 million exit penalty to leave the American Athletic Conference.

BYU, Cincinnati, Memphis, Connecticut and Central Florida are generally the top names floated for Big 12 expansion. The league is looking to expand by two or four teams.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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