Now that the Navy Midshipmen have officially set sail for the Big East, conference realignment is back on, apparently. This is the worst. Wednesday's latest: the Louisville Cardinals and BYU Cougars could be the next targets for the Big 12, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education's Brad Wolverton.
Those two had been frequently named Big 12 candidates throughout the most recent round of realignment, with Louisville reportedly almost swiping the West Virginia Mountaineers' (eventual) spot and BYU reportedly not seeing eye-to-eye with the Big 12 on scheduling and TV money matters.
The Big 12 would like to lead one to believe it's comfortable with fewer than 12 members, but having fewer than 12 means it can't have a lucrative conference championship game, so we'll believe it when they somehow find a way to never possibly have 12 schools. There's probably no way they can do that, short of having every school that's not already in the Big 12 be shut down, so let's just forever assume they eventually want 12 schools. Cool?