A college athletics bombshell hit the interwebs Tuesday when the Big 12 conference announced it’s looking to add new schools.
The 10-team conference is “nearly definite” it will add two more schools, and it’s “highly possible” it adds four, according to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.
So why should you care?
Well, as it so happens Colorado State is reportedly in the running.
Thamel reported that the Rams are in the “second tier” of schools being considered, along with South Florida, Central Florida, Memphis, Houston, Boise State and Tulane. BYU, Cincinnati and Connecticut are the three “frontrunners.”
Transitioning from the Mountain West Conference into the Big 12 would be an enormous step up for CSU athletics, in terms of competition and the money the school would rake in. Each Big 12 school earned roughly $25 million via TV rights last year.
The Colorado Buffaloes left the Big 12 in 2011 for the greener pastures of the Pac-10. Is it possible that half a decade later, another state school gets in?