For the past few seasons the Big 12 Conference has been at 10 teams, and they seem to be just fine with that. Although recently BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall expressed his interest in moving his team from the independent circuit to the conference before autonomy hits.
“We would love to be in the Big 12,” Mendenhall told the Austin American-Statesman. “I would love to be a member of that conference. I think that would make a lot of sense. In fact, if that was your headline, that would be great.”
Mendenhall even stated his case by pointing out that the team would bring a huge market along with them.
“We have the entire Salt Lake City and Utah market as well as a worldwide following because of the church. There’d be a ton to offer the Big 12, because it’s a money-generated world right now. You’re talking about an amazing kind of brand.”
However, there’s some bad news for Mendenhall as West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck recently stated in an interview with ESPN that he and the other members of the brass in the conference are happy with what they have.
“Our denominator is 10,” Luck said. “The more you split it up … I don’t think we can find a partner who’s available right now to stay at the value we have (per school) or let alone increase what we have. That’s the consensus we have (staying at 10).”
Expansion in college football isn’t dead, but it’s certainly on life support at the moment. You can get where Mendenhall is coming from, however it’s a shot in the dark at best that he and his program will be able to move in with anyone new, anytime soon.