The Athletic is reporting that University of Central Florida and the University of Cincinnati have officially filed for Big 12 membership. Both schools have requested addition to the conference for the summer of 2023 according to the report. UCF, Cincinnati, and the Big 12 have not commented publicly on the report.
The potential additions of the Knights and Bearcats would be the first shoe to drop in the Big 12’s quest to stay relevant in college football’s “Power 5” structure. As we reported earlier, the Big 12 is looking at raiding the AAC in order to replace the SEC-bound Texas and Oklahoma. The Big 12 is also looking at BYU to solidify the remaining slot in the conference.
Houston and BYU are expected to file their application later this week and the Big 12 members are expected to rubber stamp their addition by the end of the week or early next week.