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Joining the Big 12 — What Would it Mean for the University of Houston?

The conference structure in NCAA Division I college athletics can be dizzying to try to understand. There are a couple tiers of major conferences. The top tier are the Power 5 conferences. They get more media attention, and more acclaim — and the revenue that comes with it all. Universities want to be part of a […]

A statue of the Cougar mascot at the University of Houston taken March 5, 2016. (Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)The conference structure in NCAA Division I college athletics can be dizzying to try to understand. There are a couple tiers of major conferences. The top tier are the Power 5 conferences. They get more media attention, and more acclaim — and the revenue that comes with it all. Universities want to be part of a Power 5 conference like the Big 10, or Big 12 because, well, there’s big money at stake.

So, this summer, when the Big 12 announced plans to expand from ten to 12 teams, a couple dozen universities stepped up seeking admission. Among them — and perhaps leading them — is the University of Houston.

UH officials believe being in the Big 12 could transform the university. So, we discuss whether that’s true, who would stand to benefit and why some schools currently in the Big 12 may be less than enthused about the possibility.

We welcome your questions for Sports Radio 610’s Sean Pendergrast, and Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine writer Jeff Balke.

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