With the news that the member institutions in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) have agreed to a grant of media rights to the ACC until the 2026-2027 season. This raises the question: Is the possibility of Big 12 expansion over?
Yes and no.
Why it is over:
No Florida State
It’s as simple as that. As I have talked with many sources around the Big 12, the Florida State Seminoles were the golden goose of conference realignment. Granted the Big 12 didn’t lose because they weren’t actively expanding like the Big 10 was but it is still a hit for the Big 12.
Why it is not over:
BYU and the growth of Mormonism
According to the US Census Bureau, Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the country. Most of the growth is due to natural birth. Mormans are having a lot of children. BYU is the university for Mormans much like Notre Dame is the university for Catholics. Also on that list is Idaho, home to Boise State University. With the rapid expansion of growth in those two states, the Big 12 could add additional eyeballs of their TV contract and get more money. While this might not happen for another 5 years or so, it’s still a possibility.
So for the forseeable future, conference realignment is over. That doesn’t mean the Big 12 will never expand.