The writing has been on the wall for some time. Sources have indicated to us for several weeks that no single expansion candidate could garner the necessary eight votes needed for an invite, that ESPN and Fox are possibly working on a new deal in order to encourage the Big 12 not to expand, and that even the league’s biggest proponent of expansion now seems against it.
However, as long as expansion isn’t officially dead, some have held out hope.
Today’s Big 12 board meeting has come to an end, but as we await for the official press conference to take place at 5:30 pm CT, Jake Trotter is reporting that it’s official. Expansion is dead. At least for the time being.
Filed to ESPN. No expansion. No candidate could generate supermajority.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 17, 2016
So what does this mean? Is the Big 12 doomed?
Well, we can’t know the full fallout just yet, but the Big 12 isn’t going anywhere for now. The conference is still locked into the Grant of Rights for another eight years. A lot can happen in eight years, just look at the last eight months.