Wednesday HotLinks: Conference Expansion

Posted on Feb 8 2012 - 11:25am by Ethan Moore

*Memphis to the Big East is complete; more Louisville to Big 12 Rumors

Big 12 Expansion Rumors II: The More Realistic Louisville/BYU (or TBD) Scenario – I don’t claim Dude-like sources, but for what it’s worth, I’ve heard from two separate places that validate what The Chronicle of Higher Education reported a couple of weeks ago: the Big 12 wants Louisville as school number 11 with BYU as the preferred choice for school number 12.  Louisville is the easy part of the equation – both parties want each other and if the addition of the Cardinals alone wouldn’t result in an odd number of schools, they would have been in the Big 12 a long time ago.

*C-USA to now merge with the Mountain West?

Conference USA’s board of directors will meet later this week to discuss the possibility of a full-scale merger with the Mountain West Conference, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The prospect of a merger was already on the meeting agenda, even before C-USA member Memphis was on the verge of joining the Big East, the source said. Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky confirmed Wednesday in a statement that Memphis plans to join the Big East for all sports in 2013.

*CBSSports.com’s latest bracketology

*Updated RPI numbers

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