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Could the Big 12 use UCF?
Our Ed Aschoff thinks so. With a fertile TV market as a bargaining chip, he thinks the Knights could be headed to the Power 5 as the Big 12 looks to expand its footprint. Most pressing questions (Insider)
UCF will present the statue of former coach George O'Leary in 2017 next to the Knights Stadium, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
The NFL and collegiate teams in the Sunshine State have had vastly different levels of success the last few years, as Stats & Info points out.
One prevailing thought is that the Big 12 adding Tulane and UCF would boost recruiting in New Orleans and Florida. Big 12 recruiters say think again.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will conduct video conferences with at least 18 schools that have contacted the league about being considered as expansion candidates.
It's hard to imagine a Group of 5 team making a four-team Playoff, but the formula includes a perfect season, several marquee wins and a conference championship. And even that may not be enough.
UCF has tasted football success
The opponents of Big 12 expansion argue that adding teams will dilute the league. ESPN's Jake Trotter argues differently as many of the candidates have enjoyed success. Two years ago with Blake Bortles, UCF won the Fiesta Bowl. Trotter
In this week's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss expansion timetables, who has what votes and much more.
Big 12 leaders have remained unified in their silence about expansion, so here is a breakdown of some interesting possibilities.
Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer
AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said he believes the Big 12 will expand. While the current Big 12 schools must settle on additions and work out issues with network partners, Aresco said the league seems to be "more serious this time." Several AAC teams - Cincinnati, UConn, Houston, Memphis, Tulane, UCF and USF - are considered potential Big 12 targets. "Here we go again," Aresco said during an ESPN event in Hartford on Tuesday. "It presents a new challenge. It's not a surprise. This has been two years in the making. We're going to have to deal with it."
Follow talking season at AAC media days
Head coaches and select players are participating in AAC media days on Tuesday in Newport, Rhode Island. Expect Big 12 expansion to be among the topics addressed. Full schedule
Big 12 expansion on everyone's mind
Head coaches and select players from the AAC are gathering again in Newport, Rhode Island for the league's annual Summer Kickoff and Media Days on Monday and Tuesday. Commissioner Mike Aresco recognizes that it may be the last appearance for several schools. The Cincinnati Enquirer
Some schools show excitement, some play it casual, and some are simply hoping to be taken seriuously.
UCF vs South Carolina State Bulldogs
Bright House Networks Stadium - Sat 9/3