Morgantown, West Virginia – Days after reports have surfaced that Oklahoma and Texas will leave the Big 12 Conference for the SEC, Kansas is now reportedly looking to the future when the Big 12 inevitably blows up.
According to Kansas insider Mike Vernon, Jayhawks leaders have reached out and set up a call with the Big Ten Conference.
KU REALIGNMENT HEARINGS:
KU has a call set up with the Big Ten.
— Mike Vernon (@M_Vernon) July 23, 2021
Although the Kansas football program has been historically bad, their basketball program is one of the highest profile and most successful in college sports.
The basketball program alone will draw major interest from the Big Ten and other Power 5 conferences.
Once the Big 12 officially falls apart, the remaining eight teams – Kansas, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas Tech, TCU and West Virginia – will be left to decide between trying to piece together a viable conference without their two most important programs, or search for membership in another Power 5 conference.
Kansas proactively reaching out to the Big Ten is a smart move and it’s one that West Virginia should do with the ACC, if they haven’t already done so.