Despite all the rumors of two new schools joining the Big 12, the conference decided not to expand this week. Sure, expansion could happen in the future, but for now, there are ten teams in the Big 12.
Schools made their argument on joining the Big 12 and now are holding the bag, and possibly not participating in a Power 5 conference. In this blog, I'm going to argue why the Big 12 made the wrong decision on not expanding.
The Big 12 is a mess right now, with only ten teams in the conference. With all jokes aside, there is a disadvantage of not adding two schools. In the future, we will see plenty of "super conferences" in marquee college sports, with the smaller conferences left in the cold. The Big 12 should be one of those marquee conferences, with plenty of members in all areas. Consideration to expand, even if two schools want to join, would be a step in the right direction. But that doesn't appear to be on the horizon, and it's unclear when the Big 12 will consider adding two schools.
The Big 12 looks like this conference that doesn't belong in the Power 5. In a competitive sport where four schools are trying to get CFP berths, the Big 12 is hurting themselves and will continue to do so until they expand.