If the Missouri Tigers decide to leave the Big 12, the conference could look to the east for expansion targets, according to Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News. Should the Big 12 move back to 12 teams, Carlton reports that the four candidates are the TCU Horned Frogs, the Cincinnati Bearcats, the Louisville Cardinals and the West Virginia Mountaineers.
The Horned Frogs and the Mountaineers have both been involved in numerous expansion rumors recently, but the Bearcats are a new one added to the mix. What exactly Cincinnati brings is not quite apparent yet, but then this is just one possible scenario.
However, interim commissioner Chuck Neinas has said that the Big 12 has yet to decide on how many teams it wants to add. The league could look at the BYU Cougars as part of a smaller expansion program. But if the original report of four teams being added holds true, the Big 12 will make the decision to expand eastward.
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