No expansion for the Big 12 — at least right now

After months of speculation, the door has been officially shut on Big 12 expansion — at least for now. Oklahoma president David Boren and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced during a press conference on Monday that the conference will stay at 10 teams.

Boren said that the decision to remain at 10 schools was a unanimous choice among league leaders. He also said that the league didn’t discuss any particular schools that applied for admission to the conference.

He said that the option of creating a Big 12 television network was kicked around, but that also will not happen at this time.

Boren and Bowlsby both said that the marketplace essentially made that decision for them. That is likely tied to the creation of the ACC Network, which was announced during the summer.

Another topic that has been highly discussed in the public was an extension to the conference’s grant of rights. Boren and Bowlsby said that there was little discussion of the GOR during the league meetings.

Both men put a great deal of emphasis on the fact that this was not a decision to expand but “a reinvestment and endorsement” of the 10 schools currently in the league. They also both emphasized that expansion is no longer an open agenda item for the league’s leaders moving forward.


Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic throughout the evening for more on this story and its impact on Iowa State.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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