Big 12 adds UConn to official list

According to sources familiar with the process, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has sent an email to University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst, explaining the procedures UConn should follow to formally apply for membership.

Numerous--perhaps as many as 20--emails are expected to be sent by the Big 12 as it winds its way through the steps of expanding from 1o to perhaps 12 or even 14 schools. Various media outlets have reported that Houston has also been officially contacted by the Big 12.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

UConn officials are reportedly putting together a pacakage which will be used as part of the presentation, which could be made in the next few weeks.

UConn has always been included in a group of six schools--BYU, Houston, Cincinnati, Memphis, UCF and USF--who have been regarded as the main contenders if the Big 12 does expand.

The Huskies also are expected to have a package ready which includes membership for football only. Critics have suggested that UConn basketball--men's and women's--is the most valuable piece of the UConn athletic inventory. With that in mind, UConn officials are expected to present a package which would include a plan in which the Huskies men's and women's basketball teams scheduled a series of games against Big 12 teams.

A federated membership for UConn, would allow the Huskies to move back to the Big East in non-football varsity sports.

If the Big 12 adds only two schools, UConn's chances would appear to diminish, although a decision by the Big 12 to pass on BYU because of issues involving LGBT group opposition, would increase the odds, with UConn, Houston and Cincinnati becoming involved in a 3 schools for two spots game of musical chairs.[/membership]