Rumors regarding conference realignment continue to swirl across the college landscape, mainly focusing on the Big 12 poaching teams away from the ACC. The craziness started in early May, when Chip Brown mused that Florida State to the Big 12 could make sense. Ever since, the Big 12 announced that they will hold an annual bowl game with the Big 12's champion and SEC's champion in two years, which has fueled even more rumors regarding conference realignment. Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Notre Dame have all be linked to the Big 12 in addition to Florida State.
Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas, who deserves much credit for holding the Big 12 together, does not believe bigger equals better for the conference, in terms of expansion.
"People have to understand that bigger is not necessarily better," Neinas told the Dallas Morning News. "What we are trying to do, in view of what has transpired in the past, is to build unity. We have two new members. Let the membership be comfortable with each other before they ever consider going forward."
Neinas is 100% correct, and there is no need to move toward a superconference unless need be, and really, there is no need for the Big 12 to move to 14 or 16 teams yet. It does make sense, however, for the Big 12 to add two teams.
We'll see if incoming commissioner Bob Bowlsby shares the same mindset as Neinas in coming weeks.
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