Report: Five Big 12 Schools Considered Joining Big Ten During Conference Realignment

CBS Detroit

By Dan Jenkins
@DanTJenkins

NCAA conference realignment has been running rampant the past few seasons — six schools from a Power Five conference have moved to another Power Five conference since 2011, while many other smaller programs have moved up.

According to Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald, officials with five universities in the Big 12 had preliminary talks in 2010 to work out a deal to join the Big Ten and form a 16-team superconference.

Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Iowa State, Nebraska and Kansas would have joined Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota to form one of the two new eight-team divisions in the Big Ten.

“A Big 12 athletic director, who spoke to The World-Herald on condition of anonymity, said he contacted Big Ten athletic directors and presidents with whom he was familiar in June 2010.

The topic: Was the Big Ten, which had 11 members at the time, interested…

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