Big 12 Extends Formal Invitations To BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, & UCF

Provo, UT, USA - November 9, 2019: Lavell Edwards Stadium on the campus of Brigham Young University, primarily used for college football


The Big 12 has extended formal invitations to BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF as conference realignment continues.

After losing the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas to the SEC, the Big 12 is hoping to expand with the group of new programs. All schools are expected to accept the formal invites.

“The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors this morning voted to extend membership invitations to Brigham Young University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Houston to join the Conference,” the Big 12 said in a statement.

“Today’s actions were in accordance with Big 12 Conference Bylaw 1.5.2.b.3 requiring an affirmative vote of a supermajority of Directors, and was approved unanimously by the eight continuing members. As necessary, institutional Boards will be in session today to act on Big 12 Conference membership.”

Boise State, Memphis, SMU, and USF were also considered, according to Brett McMurphy.

BYU could join the Big 12 as early as the 2022 season, while the other three programs may have to wait to leave the AAC. The schools leaving the AAC will have to pay a $10 million exit fee and 27 months’ notice.

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