On Wednesday, CBS Sports insider Jon Rothstein reported that the Big 12 is set to welcome Houston, Cincinnati, and UCF in the 2023-24 academic year.
The report suggests that BYU, which has already announced its departure from the WCC, will join the conference for the 2023-24 academic year in every sport except for men's volleyball.
Before hopping in on the action, the teams must jump through a few hurdles according to Rothstein:
“AAC bylaws require programs who are members of the conference to give a 27-month notice before they leave and pay a $10 million buyout fee.”
AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco told ESPN last September that he would be willing to negotiate a higher exit fee for Houston, Cincinnati, and UCF if they were to depart from the AAC at an earlier date than originally anticipated. All three schools will join the Big 12 no later than July 1st, 2024.”
Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger added to Rothstein’s report on Twitter, suggesting that “the expectation” is that “negotiations are expected to be finalized in the next week.”
'We Have Experience': Texas Jordan Whittington Raves Over Longhorns New Receivers
Veteran Jordan Whittington is high on the additions of five new receivers joining Texas in 2022.
Longhorns WR Jordan Whittington Reveals Fresh Motivation, New Ice Cream Flavor
Whittington is keeping his head up as his ever-important final season approaches.
Longhorns WR Agiye Hall Arrested, Charged with Misdemeanor
Hall transferred from Alabama in April.
What does this mean for Texas?
As it currently stands, the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners are set to leave the Big 12 to join the SEC in the 2025-26 academic year. Before that, the conference would theoretically have 14 teams, which begs some questions.
While a normal college football season typically consists of 12 regular-season games (with eight or nine conference games), a 14-team conference might complicate things. It's safe to say that the Big 12 conference has plenty of work to do in the near future.
Want the latest in breaking news and insider information on the Longhorns? Click Here
Want to join in on the discussion? Click here to become a member of the Longhorns Country message board community today!