Here, according to sources familiar with the process, is where we are in the Big 12 Will Expand/Big 12 Won’t Expand Derby.

Interviews/presentations:  They will continue through the end of next week.  Of the 11 schools on the interview “list”, UConn, Houston, UCF and USF had made (as of Friday morning) their sales pitches.  Remaining: Air Force, BYU, SMU,  Rice, Colorado State, Tulane, and Cincinnati.

It is a two-tiered list: Cincinnati, UConn, BYU and UCF are in the first group and have already been vetted by the Big 12. Their presentations were filled with additional details beyond the basics.

The other 7 schools required more of an introduction and have almost no chance of making the final cut unless some major unknown additions are made in their presentations. Most of those schools are being interviewed for political reasons. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.