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It's more psychological than tangible and all about the company you keep, but educational standing and academic stature could get some schools into the Big 12.
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.
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
Could Tulane be the Big 12 wild card?
Tulane is considered one of the top research institutions in the country, notes Jake Trotter. If a final decision is up to presidents and chancellors, then don't count out the Green Wave. Tulane to Big 12?
Houston enjoyed unprecedented success in coach Tom Herman's first season. Can the Cougars keep it going? And who might challenge them from the American's East division?
Is Houston a favorite to join the Big 12? What about UConn, Memphis or UCF as candidates? What are the motives of league heavyweights Oklahoma and Texas? Big expansion questions need answers.
The Big 12 is on the hunt for new members. There are legitimate contenders, such as BYU and Cincinnati, and there are hopefuls, wild cards and even a potential Power 5 defector.
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