Several months ago, the names thrown around included Cincinnati, Louisville and Brigham Young among others? Now it's Clemson and Florida State. While the Big 12 lost Missouri and Texas A&M while gaining TCU and West Virginia, the conference was also dealing with perceived issues of stability. Not anymore. Instead, the conference is positioning itself as an inviting place to be -- and certain programs like Louisville are already jockeying for position.
Bryan Fischer of CBS Sports recently looked through the fog of rumors and came up with his favorites. He believes that Florida State and Louisville are at the top list of contenders and if the Big 12 is going to expand, it will start with those names.
Personally, I think if the media money is there, the Big 12 grabs FSU and Louisville. And by "media money," I mean if ESPN/Fox are ok w/it.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) May 14, 2012
Not buying the Clemson talk at all, either. They may want it on their end to some degree but don't think the B12 does.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) May 14, 2012
Everything is only a rumor at this point, but remember that last year Missouri to SEC rumors were abounding at the same rate. It starts with a fire and proceeds from there. The Big 12 is the most obvious conference to expand and a solid base of 10 gives them room to add one to four schools as they see fit.