The Big 12 is search of adding new programs, and Brett Yormark, the new commissioner, has even said the league is “open for business.” Now there’s a report that the Big 12 is looking to poach a Big Ten program.

About 3 weeks ago, Yormark revealed that there’s interest in the Big 12.

“I think it’s fair to say I’ve received a lot of phone calls. … Nothing is imminent, but we’re working hard to make sure the Big 12 is positioned in the best possible way,” he said.

Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the Big 12 Conference is said to be quietly seeking the the Minnesota Golden Gophers, but Minnesota can’t afford the revenue loss of a new Big Ten Network deal, which, with the expansion of USC and UCLA in two years, could be worth nearly $100 million a year. Eric Strack of noted that a move to the Big 12 would make absolutely zero sense for the University of Minnesota.

It is difficult to see Minnesota leaving for a presumably smaller TV deal in the Big 12 than the expected $1 billion TV contract for the Big Ten, which is expected this fall.

As Strack pointed out, the University of Minnesota’s status as a founding member of the Big Ten back in 1896 guarantees them all of the same financial benefits as Michigan (1896), Wisconsin (1896) and Ohio State (1912). Something that newer schools like Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers cannot say. Why would the University of Minnesota jump off of the Big Ten gravy train to become the newest member of a lesser conference?