Big 12 Conference offers membership to 4 schools

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The Big 12 Conference officially invited four schools to join the conference amid the spate of expansion within major collegiate athletics.

The conference’s board of directors voted to extend memberships to BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston on Friday. A news conference was scheduled for each school over the course of Friday afternoon.

“Today’s news confirms what we have said all along regarding our status as a power conference. The irony that three of our schools are being asked to take the place of the two marquee schools which are leaving the Big 12 is not lost on us. Our conference was targeted for exceeding expectations in a system that wasn’t designed to accommodate our success,” Aresco said.

The SEC recently poached two schools from the Big 12 – Texas and Oklahoma. Those schools are set to join the conference officially in a few years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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