Should the Big 12 need replacements for departing schools, or should the conference want to expand, who are the most likely contenders to join the league?
Excellent football and basketball, excellent fan base in both sports, nation’s No. 31 television market. Salt Lake City is a bigger TV market than Kansas City, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and San Antonio.
Distance. Provo, Utah, is 542 miles west of Boulder, Colo., and if BYU was replacing Colorado, the nearest Big 12 school would be Kansas State, 1,028 miles away. Also, BYU doesn’t compete on Sundays, which would cause conflicts with some conference championships.
Decent basketball tradition. Geography; Albuquerque is 322 miles west of Lubbock, Texas, and 475 miles south of Boulder. And Albuquerque is the nation’s No. 44 TV market, ranking higher than Oklahoma City, Austin, Louisville, Memphis, New Orleans and Buffalo.