Late Sunday night we received word from a trusted source in the midwest that Louisville received an offer from the Big 12 on Friday afternoon. And while the Cardinals are the only program we know for sure has an offer, we know there have been informal talks with BYU and Cincinnati as well, and offers could be coming their way, if they haven’t already.
Of course there has also been rampant speculation from the Kansas City Star that Missouri is still very interested in the SEC, but sources who cover that conference tell us that there has been no formal offer made to the Tigers, and most don’t believe an offer will be extented. Many of those sources also feel that Missouri may be using this talk as leverage to get what they want in upcoming Big 12 negotiations.
If Mizzou were to stay, and the conference picked up three more they’d be back to the twelve teams they were at last year, and from what we’re hearing the conference presidents really want to be at twelve by the 2013-14 season.
It’s doubtful that Louisville, Cincinnati, BYU, or any other major conference member could be a part of conference play next year, but until the new BCS and TV contracts come up in a few years, that doesn;t seem like a crucial point.
West Virginia is another school on the radar, but apparently Texas, Texas Tech and Baylor have balked at bringing in any other Texas schools, such as TCU, and despite reports that Boise State is interested, we can’t yet find any credible sources who’ve been able to link Boise with the Big 12.
Stay tuned on this fast moving story, and we’ll have more on the Greg Swaim Radio Show.