Will any new schools be added to the Big 12 in the next five years?

Will any new schools be added to the Big 12 in the next five years?

Editor’s note: This article originally published on June 4. 

During the football offseason, our panel of insiders, columnists and contributors have been taking a look at some of the hottest topics around the Big 12. Here’s their latest round table discussion:

What’s your best guess as to what teams will be in the Big 12 five years from now and why?

Grosbard: It’s really hard to predict because it’s almost impossible to know what the TV landscape will be like with more streaming package deals and more people cutting the cord. Last time around, the Pac-12 reportedly had an eye on Texas and Oklahoma, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see those schools leave the Big 12 in the next major round of realignment. If that happens, in-state schools like Houston and SMU might get stronger consideration to make up for the loss of the Texas market. Schools like Cincinnati and Memphis will get strong consideration, too, to bridge the gap between the southwest schools and West Virginia.

Cowlishaw: Five years might be enough time for them to circle back around and consider that they made a mistake the last time they asked for applications and then didn’t add anyone. You can’t do it right away, other schools are still unhappy with the last process. But five years from now, let’s give them Central Florida and South Florida as they expand their footprint and recruiting territory.

Baby: Whew. That’s going to be tough to project. I still think it’ll be at 10 teams as long as it’s financially viable. As long as Texas and Oklahoma feel they have a shot at making the CFP out of the Big 12 if they take care of business, the conference will exist in its current state. The Big 12 goes as both of those schools go. We’ll see if that changes moving forward and if the Big 12 can improve its standing over the next few years.

Now, with all that being said, things change on a year-to-year basis. It wasn’t too long ago that everyone was wondering about the long-term health of the Big 12. Now, the Pac-12 is on the hot seat.

Mosley: It will continue to be up to Texas. Having the Longhorn Network in place actually helped the conference stay together, in a weird way. If Texas feels like it’s getting everything it needs, it will try to keep the conference together.

If the SEC or Pac-12 made a huge play for the Horns, it would be interesting. But in the past, the Horns liked to remain in control. They can’t go into the SEC and bully everyone, on or off the field. (Not that they bully anyone on the field in the Big 12). If the Horns and Sooners are on the same page (iffy), then the conference should remain viable. Everyone else sits around waiting to see what those schools will do. Yes, that includes all-knowing Gordon Gee.

Scruggs: In five years I think the Big 12 will still be intact. Schools just got $36.5 million each. Only the SEC and Big Ten have more money coming in per school.

Why leave? Why expand?

Life is good for a conference that was on life support a few years ago. Give Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby credit. The league is printing money and that is what the membership wanted.

Carlton: That would be 2023, and the Big 12 will probably look like it does now. If there is a storm coming (classic Terminator reference), then 2023 will most likely be the calm before it hits. There are a whole lot of variables involved. And if the Big 12 breaks up, there’s a near certainty that not every school finds a power conference home. Yes, it’s going to be interesting.

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Donald Trump: I believe Jim Jordan and not former wrestlers who say Jordan knew of abuse allegations

Donald Trump: I believe Jim Jordan and not former wrestlers who say Jordan knew of abuse allegations

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio has been accused of knowing of sexual abuse allegations against a former Ohio State doctor by multiple former wrestlers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Just after another former Ohio State wrestler came forward to say that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was aware of sexual assault allegations against the team’s former doctor, President Donald Trump said he didn’t believe the accusers and instead believed Jordan.

Jordan, a powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is a staunch Trump supporter. Multiple Ohio State wrestlers have said he knew of sexual assault allegations and inappropriate behavior by former team doctor Richard Strauss. Jordan said Wednesday that he knew nothing about any allegations against Strauss.

Trump said on Air Force One on his way to a rally in Montana on Thursday that he had no doubt Jordan was telling the truth.

“I don’t believe them at all,” Trump said to the press pool on the plane. “I believe him. Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington. I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. He’s an outstanding man.”

Ex-wrestler said Jordan participated in ‘locker room talk’ about Strauss

Shawn Dailey told NBC that he was abused by former team doctor Richard Strauss a half-dozen times during his wrestling career at the school. He’s the fourth former wrestler to come forward to NBC and say that Jordan, a former assistant coach at Ohio State, knew of allegations of abuse against Strauss.

Dailey told NBC that he didn’t directly report Strauss’ groping to anyone but that Jordan participated in conversations regarding Strauss’ conduct when treating wrestlers for their injuries.

“I participated with Jimmy [Jordan] and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss. We all did,” Dailey, 43, told NBC News. “It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down.”

Dailey corroborated the account of one of those wrestlers, Dunyasha Yetts, who told NBC News that Yetts had protested to Jordan and head coach Russ Hellickson after Strauss tried to pull down his wrestling shorts when Yetts went to see him for a thumb injury.

“Dunyasha comes back and tells Jimmy, ‘Seriously, why do I have to pull down my pants for a thumb injury?’” Dailey recalled. “Jimmy said something to the extent of, ‘If he tried that with me, I would kill him.’”

Earlier in the week, NBC first reported that former wrestlers said Jordan knew of alleged abuse by Strauss. A former wrestler was on CNN on Wednesday and said Jordan witnessed inappropriate behavior by Strauss in the team showers. 

Jordan’s denial is ‘hurtful’

Dailey told NBC that he’s a Republican and donated to Jordan’s first congressional campaign in 1994. He called Jordan a close friend, but said it was painful to see that Jordan was denying any knowledge of allegations against Strauss.

“But to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that’s kind of hurtful,” Dailey said.

Strauss, who died in 2005, is accused of inappropriate conduct by athletes from over a dozen sports at Ohio State. A school investigation is ongoing.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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