AAC reportedly attempting to absorb every remaining Big 12 program
What’s going to happen to the rest of the Big 12 with Texas and Oklahoma leaving for the SEC?
That’s the million-dollar question in college athletics at the moment as we all wait to find out if the league will even exist in the years to come or if programs will be individually poached by others.
While the assumption of many is that a Power 5 league will attempt to poach a program, possibly a few programs, from the Big 12, Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports is reporting another scenario that could play out.
According to Dodd, the Big 12 is “concerned” that the American Athletic Conference (also known as the AAC) will attempt to absorb all eight of the remaining Big 12 programs.
The AAC currently has 10 members that participate in football: Cincinnati, Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa.
Adding another eight teams with Power 5 standing to that mix would make sense for the AAC, as it could potentially give that league an opportunity to elevate its status to the highest level of college football.
This story comes as the Big 12 has issued a cease and desist order to ESPN, which televises AAC games.