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Big 12 reportedly poaching BYU, three AAC schools

According to multiple reports, the Big 12 could be officially expanding as soon as next week. According to the Athletic, the conference is moving toward finalizing expansion plans to invite BYU, Central Florida (UCF), Cincinnati, and Houston. The four schools are planning to individually submit formal applications to the Big 12 early this upcoming week. Once the Big 12 receives those applications, the conference’s board of directors is expected to meet and extend formal invitations to each of those schools. All are expected to accept invitations.

According to Big 12 bylaws, “the super majority vote of 80% of the league’s board of directors is required to admit the new members.” The four schools are expected to get the majority vote required for admission to the conference. According to sources, the athletic said that this could all go through as soon as September 10. Sources confirm that the four could join the league and be ready to participate as Big 12 members as members in the fall of 2023 and the 2023-2024 academic year. The American Athletic Conference (AAC) requires a 27-month notification and $10 million dollar exit fee upon leaving the conference.

Boise State, BYU, Central Florida (UCF), Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, SMU, and South Florida were the only eight schools considered for Big 12 expansion, sources say.

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