Big 12 mailbag: Expansion, final rose edition

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:

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 17 schools 18 schools (count in Air Force) might seem daunting, but the Big 12 will be narrowing the field rather quickly.

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.

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.

Trotter: Honestly, can you blame her?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trotter: I can't tell you how many of these I got today.