Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin was given the same right shortly before he took his school to the SEC.
The Birmingham, Ala.-based SEC has said it would like to remain at 13 teams, but only in an effort to show it is not raiding other conferences. Several SEC administrators, including South Carolina president Harris Pastides and Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart, have said 14 schools is the real goal. Scheduling with 13 teams is not ideal, they said.
Whether it is left at eight or nine schools, the Big 12 will look to expand. Boren said there are no parameters as to which direction, east or west, the league will branch out.
Among the candidates whose names have been regularly floated (alphabetically): Brigham Young, Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, Southern Methodist, Texas Christian, West Virginia. ESPN.com also presented Tulane as an option in a report Wednesday.