This article is from Texas OrangeBloods:
“The Big 12 Is Ready To Expand…...........With Notre Dame
What the Big 12 is saying publicly and privately about possible expansion are two different things, it seems.
While the Big 12 athletic directors came out publicly Wednesday saying the league is happy and strong at 10 schools, one source in the Big 12 told Orangebloods.com Thursday, there would be interest right now in adding Notre Dame, even if the Irish remained independent in football.
“There isn’t interest in expansion outside of Notre Dame,” the source said.
Under proposals discussed between the Big 12 and Notre Dame, the Irish could bring their non-football sports to the Big 12 and play up to six football games against the Big 12 while remaining independent in football.
That would allow the Irish to keep its NBC contract for football, which runs through the 2015 season.
Even interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said publicly Wednesday when asked if Notre Dame was to pick up the phone and call the Big 12, “We’d accept that call.”
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, a close colleague of Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, said at Big East meetings earlier this month the Irish are content right where they are.
Orangebloods.com reported earlier this month there had been informal efforts made on behalf of Atlantic Coast Conference schools Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Miami and Georgia Tech to guage the interest in expansion by the Big 12.
Another source in the Big 12 said athletic directors in the league are making no contingency plans on expansion based on if certain schools express interest or if a proposed four-team playoff takes a certain format.
“There’s just no urgency right now for the Big 12 to be proactive,” the source said.
But another key Big 12 source told Orangebloods.com Thursday of potential realignment, “There could be a flurry of activity on all fronts once the new BCS playoff format is announced.”
The Big 12 athletic directors on Wednesday made clear their desires about several things, including:
****A format for a potential four-team playoff in college football (have a selection committee pick the best four teams at-large because the current system doesn’t give strength of schedule enough weight)
“There needs to be a human element to kind of handle the unknowns. You can’t always say computers get it right or opinion polls will get it perfect,’’ Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said. “You still need someone with good, rational thinking to deal with unforseen circumstances that may come up. Who knows what form that takes but some form of human element that gets college football to the point of determining the best teams.’‘