Thursday, September 1, 2016

Big 12 no longer considering East Carolina, UNLV, New Mexico


East Carolina, UNLV and New Mexico are out of the Big 12’s expansion derby.

Officials at each school said Wednesday that they were notified by the Big 12 that they are no longer being considered for membership.

East Carolina spokesman Tom McClellan says Commissioner Bob Bowlsby notified Chancellor Cecil Staton of the decision Tuesday by phone.

Athletic director Jeff Compher says it’s “obviously not the decision we were hoping for,” but expressed satisfaction that “we were able to tell our story to not only the Big 12, but the entire nation.”

East Carolina is beginning its third season in the American Athletic Conference after winning two Conference USA championships in football in the 2000s.

UNLV President Len Jessup and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy issued a statement later in the day to acknowledge the Rebels were no longer being considered. UNLV has been a member of the Mountain West since 1990.

“As the landscape of intercollegiate athletics continues to change, ensuring UNLV is properly positioned and is a member of a conference that is the best fit for our university and community remains part of our long-term vision,” the statement said. “We remain committed to fulfilling our responsibility to be a strong and successful member of the Mountain West.”

New Mexico President Robert told the Albuquerque Journal that the school “received very positive feedback from the Big 12,” but was informed it would no longer be part the conference’s expansion search. The Lobos are also a member of the Mountain West

It’s not yet clear if any other schools have received similar notification from the league, which announced July 19 that its presidents had authorized Bowlsby to begin evaluating schools for possible expansion of the 10-team conference by two or four members.

The conference has not commented publicly on its plans nor has it committed to adding any schools.

Bowlsby has put no timetable on the Big 12’s decision, though he has said the conference would like to move quickly and not interfere with the football season. The presidents meet again in mid-October.


Karen Mansfield-Stewart 5 years, 11 months ago

I didn't know UNLV was being considered. Imagine if the league brought in UNLV and Central Florida... talk about nice destination games!

Gerry Butler 5 years, 11 months ago

Read an interesting article from ESPN this morning. Big 12 has reduced list down to 12 possible schools. - - -- they are Air Force, BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, Colorado St, U Conn, Houston, Rice, South Flordia, SMU, Temple, & Tulane.

There were 7 schools cut from the list - - - They were - - Arkansas St, Boise St, East Carolina, New Mexico, Northern Ill, San Diego St, UNLV

Article says the next step in the process is for the remaining school's is for each School to make an in person presentation next week when we are in Dallas., there was accordingly like two dozens Schools interested, ESPN reports they couldn't confirm whether Memphis had been cut from the list or not. They said it's looking les and less that we will expand to 14 teams - - - -more likely add 2. - - With 2 six team divisions. They want to be able to make a decision by October 17th at their regular Board of Director's meeting.

Kind of conflicting to what I read less then a week ago. Read then was basically down to 3 teams they listed then the 3 were BYU, Houston & Cincinnati, hell I dunno, guess just wait and see. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Doug Wallace 5 years, 11 months ago


We are NOW BIG EAST VERSION 2.0!Way to go Little 12-2!

Please Pac-12 take KU, OU, KSU,OSU and T Tech from the Big 12 get us out of this helhole!

Lonnie Ross Dillon 5 years, 11 months ago

Never heard that UNLV was a contender. Since I live in Vegas, what an awesome deal that would have been. Just as well I didn't know; hope would have killed me.

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 11 months ago

The big 12 is a solid conference. Doug, don't know why you think it's a hell hole, unless it's because we can't beat other conference members. That's no reason to leave. Keegan is right. We would win more games in the big10... or PAC. I would like to see us add more than four but that probably won't happen. Always thought WVU was a stretch, talk of uconn also. I'd rather take two Florida schools but still, it's just odd. Best to stay local, regional. Houston obviously now. Perhaps SMU, Colorado state, air force, maybe BYU, Cincinnati. It will be interesting if it's just two. On what basis? If it's all about football, then BYU and Houston, or Houston and Cincy

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