What does the future hold for the Big 12 Conference?

The conference is still trying to explore its future after the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners announced they were leaving for the Southeastern Conference.

On Wednesday, the Big 12 released a formal statement after a week of meetings regarding the future.

“Following two days of consultation with the athletics directors of the continuing members of the Big 12 Conference,” commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated, “The eight ADs remain committed to furthering the Big 12 as one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences, and look forward to working with our presidents and chancellors to strengthen the league. Future exploration by the group will continue to center on options that best position the long-term strength of the Conference.”

Bowlsby’s comments certainly note a desire to strengthen the league by adding the proper teams, but which teams would that be?

A great place for the Big 12 to start might be the UCF Knights. A report recently surfaced that the Big 12 was pursuing UCF, but that the Knights were in no hurry to make a decision.

Another recent report suggested that the Big 12 was exploring adding independent BYU, too.