Should the Big 12 expand to 12 teams? New Big 12 associate (via the Champions Bowl) Les Miles sure seems to think so, but conference officials are sticking to the 10-team line. However, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione says OU is "open-minded" about the future.
"We're not in a position where we have to do anything right now," Castiglione told the Dallas Morning News. "We're in a good spot right now. We do have a model that works. And it may be a model that works exceptionally well going into the future."
As Big 12 spring meetings are set to begin, rumored pickups still include Florida State, Clemson, Louisville and the rest of the usual assortment, most of whom have publicly denied being in touch with the Big 12.
Texas is in a similar situation as Oklahoma, as an elite program that likely has a better shot at a championship in a smaller Big 12 that lacks FSU. Burnt Orange Nation's Peter Bean details the Horns' perspective:
Same as last time: my gut feeling at this time is that Texas is in no hurry to disrupt the status quo, and that while it is taking prudent actions to position itself for super-conference armageddon, and happy to play the game to its best advantage, to the extent it can preserve the status quo -- and more importantly, the value of its long position -- it will.