Major Program Ready to Commit to the Big 12 “Soon”

According to multiple sources, Colorado is ready to join the Big 12 “soon.” 

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — It is offseason in college athletics so conference realignment and expansion talk heats up during this time, but it now appears that one school is ready to make a big move.

Big 12 sources informed Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman this past week that Colorado is is ready to commit to joining the Big 12 “soon.” The New York Post reported that ESPN and the PAC-12 are having “no substantive talks” about extending the league’s television contract, which expires in the Summer of 2024, and Colorado (and perhaps other PAC-12 teams) are looking elsewhere to secure a future for their programs. If Colorado jumps to the Big 12, it’s expected that other schools in the PAC-12 (Arizona, Arizona State and Utah) could soon follow.

If this is true, the Big 12 will dramatically expand to the West, which isn’t particularly great news for West Virginia University. A far better option for West Virginia would be if the ACC were to dissolve and the Big 12 poached several of their current programs, like traditional and geographic rivals of the Mountaineers like Virginia Tech, Pitt and Louisville.