Conference expansion and a college playoff continue to be hot topics of discussion at the Big 12 Conference’s annual spring meetings, which began on Wednesday.
Talk that schools like Clemson and Florida State and Notre Dame are looking to join the Big 12 have only fueled rumors that the conference is looking to expand to 12 or more members.
However, this sentiment was dismissed by interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas and several of the conference’s athletic directors.
Texas AD DeLoss Dodds, who has been a proponent of keeping the conference at 10 members, told CBSSPORTS.com “we could expand to some number. You name the number — 12, 14, 16,” Dodds said. “We could expand, but the question is do we need to expand?”
Neinas seemed to summarize the views of the conference as a whole: “The athletic directors confirmed that they’re comfortable with 10 members.”
The discussion about the college football playoff was the other important topic discussed at the meetings.
It’s clear from Neinas’ comments at the meetings that the Big 12 is in favor of a four-team playoff. This comes as no surprise after the Big 12 and the SEC aligned with one another after the creation of the Champions Bowl.
It’s evident from these meetings that we will continue to hear more about Big 12 expansion and a college football playoff in the coming months.
The Big 12 spring meetings end Friday morning.