Commissioner Bob Bowlsby addresses attendees to Big 12 Conference Football Media Days Monday, July 20, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Bohls: Big 12 expansion smacks of a money grab until 2024-25

Posted July 21st, 2016

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Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo related items:

Big 12 expansion smacks of a money grab by conference:

“Look for Texas to cling to the Longhorn Network and to shy away from an extension of the grant of rights that weds it (and Oklahoma) to the Big 12 for eight more years. Said one powerful Texas source on Wednesday: “I am not sure what the real choices (for new schools) are at this point. I have not seen one choice that I like. The money grab part is if the Big 12 adds them, gets full payment from the networks and then only pays (the newcomers) half for a few years.” Expansion does smack of a money grab until the grant of rights expires in 2024-2025, but the call for expansion appears to grow out of a desire for more television inventory for at a minimum, a Big 12 digital network.”

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Kirk’s 4 picks for Big 12 expansion:

“So which schools join the Big 12? This could change, but my initial preference would be to invite Houston, BYU, Cincinnati and UConn. Houston offers proximity and a rising football power; BYU has the best of all worlds with name identification, a strong athletics program and a terrific following, although no Sunday games and the fact it’s a private school with its own TV network could hurt it; and Cincinnati and UConn offer successful hoops teams and nearby partners for West Virginia.”

What coaches are saying about freshman QB Shane Buechele:

“If Shane Buechele hasn’t already been named Texas’ new starting quarterback, Charlie Strong came oh so close to doing that in Dallas. His fellow Big 12 coaches were effusive in their praise of the true freshman. Kliff Kingsbury said he was the first to offer a scholarship to Buechele, saying, “I like the way he carries himself. He’s really accurate.” Kingsbury’s not worried about the 6-foot-1-inch Buechele’s size because he coached short QBs in Johnny Manziel and Case Keenum. Speaking of Buechele, OU’s Bob Stoops said, “I think he’s an excellent player. He’s got a quick release, a great arm, and he’s a really good athlete. He has all the positive qualities he needs.”

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on Johnny Manziel’s next career, Baylor’s new athletics director and what’s next for the Dell Match Play golf tournament, click here.

 

 

 

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