My phone has hovered around 7 percent since about 9 a.m. this morning. It's been that kind of day.
On to the 'bag:
@Jake_Trotter July 5th Bowlsby said they had the needed data 2 make the expansion decision & didn't want 2 draw this out. Now Interview 17??
— Jeffrey Fuller (@jjfuller72) August 12, 2016
Trotter: The Big 12 clearly is being congenial and respectful of the schools that have shown interest. The timetable for potential expansion action was always going to be mid-September/October, and this doesn't change anything. Interviewing 1
7 schools 18 schools (count in Air Force) might seem daunting, but the Big 12 will be narrowing the field rather quickly.
@Jake_Trotter do you think BYUs chances will be affected by the letter sent earlier this week?
— Matt McVey (@fauxmattmcvey) August 12, 2016
Trotter: It's too soon to say. The Big 12 is doing its due diligence on every school, so I can't imagine the contents of BYU's honor code would've been breaking news to the presidents this week. That said, if public pressure mounts from the LGBT community, this could influence on how the presidents think of BYU. How BYU officials address it with the Big 12 will be significant.
@Jake_Trotter Does Texas rea
lly want Houston in Big 12?
— Jamie Dyke (@JamieDyke1) August 12, 2016
Trotter: There are two ways to look at it. One, whatever the motivation (to placate Houston lawmakers and UH officials over Texas' land purchase in Houston?), that Texas earnestly does support the Cougars' candidacy. Two, Texas doesn't actually want expansion, and by feigning public support for UH, its prime objective is to tank the expansion movement, thinking other schools in the league might find UH unpalatable for various reasons. Only Texas president Greg Fenves knows the answer.
@Jake_Trotter so wrapped up in Big 12 expansion theories that my wife left me. What do I do?
— TC (@TCstr8) August 12, 2016
Trotter: Honestly, can you blame her?
@Jake_Trotter what are the odds of going after the Florida market and just taking USF and UCF? More upside than the others.
— Russ Duffey (@rduffey) August 12, 2016
Trotter: There's definitely an upside element to the directional Floridas that has drummed up interest the Big 12. Orlando and Tampa are both top 20 media markets, the enrollments at both schools are enormous and there's plenty of nearby high school talent for both football programs to quickly ascend. If you're looking to buy low on a pair of expansion candidates, Central and South Florida are your schools.
@Jake_Trotter more likely that Big 12 expands or that teams like Oklahoma and Texas Tech leave for the SEC?
— Caleb Wortham (@20caleb13) August 12, 2016
Trotter: No individual school has the capability to leave Big 12 right now with the grant of rights, which do not expire until 2024-25.
@Jake_Trotter what is actually the negative for Cincinnati in this expansion field? Beside lack of wow factor, is there actually a negative?
— Zach Wilkerson (@zwilkerson78) August 12, 2016
Trotter: You nailed it. Cincinnati might not have the football program that BYU does, or the TV market Central Florida plays in. But UC has few glaring negatives. Its proximity to the rest of the league is reasonable. Its football in recent years has been solid. It doesn't have poor academics. It resides in a decent market. You could pair UC with almost any other expansion candidate, and it wouldn't be logistically ridiculous. UC's biggest strength is that it has few negatives.
@Jake_Trotter GOR get extended with this or no.
— E. Michael Kamp (@Epfourteen) August 12, 2016
Trotter: Texas and Oklahoma would probably have to be given a compelling reason to sign off on a grant of rights extension. So far, one has yet to surface.
@Jake_Trotter what the hell is going on in big 12?
— Michael McCain (@MMcCainTCU) August 12, 2016
Trotter: I can't tell you how many of these I got today.
@Jake_Trotter Are you going to host the Big 12 conference expansion version of "The Bachelor"
— Andrew HammondAP (@ahammsportsgeek) August 12, 2016
I am available... 🌹 https://t.co/nW9JYeKABu
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 12, 2016