The massive 12 did not have either of its co-champions (Baylor and TCU) within the first playoff in 2014, but league champ Oklahoma reached the countrywide semifinals ultimate season.
at the conferences in Phoenix, huge 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated a analysis company offered records to the convention that showed switching to a 12-crew, two division layout, with eight conference games and a title online game, would give the league about a 4 p.c superior chance to put a crew within the playoff.
in the end, the resolution can be made on the presidential degree of every faculty, with a lot of input from athletic directors and Bowlsby.
The next massive 12 meetings birth may additionally 31 in Dallas and will encompass the institution presidents and chancellors.
There are not any obvious fits for the convention if it does make a decision to extend, but lots of the greatest candidates dwell within the American.
Cincinnati, Memphis, Houston, SMU, South Florida, important Florida and Connecticut can all claim to bring either new tv markets or growing to be athletic classes — or both — to the large 12. while officials in any respect these colleges are diligent about publicly pledging allegiance to the American, in the back of the scenes they are positioning for a advertising to the energy five.
The Enquirer in Cincinnati suggested in February that files and records from university of Cincinnati showed university president Santa Ono has been leading an in depth effort to promote the school to large 12 management. The commercial attraction reported Tuesday that institution of Memphis President M. David Rudd has made an identical push.
Aresco declined to claim whether members were drawing close about efforts to depart the American.
"I don't need to go into too a whole lot detail on whatever like that, however i can say this: there is an important stage of camaraderie in the convention," Aresco mentioned. "we've a pretty good community that communicates neatly and that i would no longer predict that to be any diverse despite what happens."
BYU, presently an unbiased in football whereas competing in the West Coast convention in different sports, is a different opportunity for the massive 12. Boise State from the Mountain West also could make a case with its potent soccer application.
The American is three years ancient, having reinvented itself after large realignment tore aside the huge East.
Aresco would no longer say the place the conference may go for alternative colleges, but conference u . s . is where it discovered a lot of its new members following the mass departures.
"You at all times pay attention to things, you are always alert," Aresco talked about. "You all the time have the inspiration of what you might or may not do. however there isn't any explanation for us to dwell on it. and there's no explanation for us to focal point on to the extent that we would be distracted from what we're attempting to do."