My esteemed colleague, Mark Blaudschun, has been doing some fascinating reporting and analysis on Big 12 expansion.

Let me offer this suggestion to that beleaguered Power Five conference: Northern Illinois.

I know the Huskies aren’t an obvious candidate. I know they have their drawbacks.

But if the Big 12 is as wobbly as it appears, and if it is as desperate as it appears to make itself television-network worthy, I will say this: Why not? The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.