Big 12 Expansion: West Virginia, Louisville Among Targets, Missouri In Tough Spot

Lest you turn your focus to the potential destinations of the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns at the expense of the little guys, Andy Katz unloads a pound of conference expansion nuggets at your doorstep. Among the latest additions to the story: the Big 12 wanted its athletic directors to reach out to the Louisville Cardinals and West Virginia Mountaineers before Oklahoma's wandering eye complicated things.

We'd known about the Big 12's interest in the Arkansas Razorbacks, Pittsburgh Panthers and BYU Cougars, who are all also mentioned by Katz, but I don't think I'd seen WVU or Louisville mentioned in anything other than speculation.

There's also a look into the financial and recruiting difficulties raised by this uncertain period for smaller programs like Iowa State and Missouri:

A source said high-level fundraising at Missouri is on hold for its major $160 million capital campaign. The source said a number of donors -- significant eight-figure donors -- were prepared to present a gift but are holding up that process until they know which conference Missouri will be a member of in for the foreseeable future.

For more, turn to Mizzou blog Rock M Nation, along with our many other fine college football blogs.

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