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Who wants in the Big 12? Politicians, athletic directors start campaigns

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lobbied for the Big 12 Conference to add Houston.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lobbied for the Big 12 Conference to add Houston. AP

Let the politicking begin.

On Tuesday, the Big 12 Conference directed commissioner Bob Bowlsby to explore potential candidates for expansion.

So naturally, people have already started to push for their favorite schools on social media and elsewhere.

It seemed to begin with Texas governor Greg Abbott on Thursday morning.

A few hours later, University of Texas president Greg Fenves and Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick threw their support behind the idea as well (with the Austin American-Stateman reporting that a “backroom deal” could help Houston get into the conference).

Those three weren’t the only ones to speak up Wednesday.

East Carolina athletic director Jeff Compher delivered a statement regarding Big 12 membership, claiming ECU “can deliver the entire state of North Carolina.”

Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen and SMU athletic director Rick Hart (below) also publicly spoke about the potential of joining the Big 12.

None of the three are a likely choice, with our own Blair Kerkhoff saying Cincinnati, BYU, Boise State, Houston, Memphis, Colorado State and Air Force seem to be the best Big 12 fits.

So which school do our readers believe is the best selection (or selections) for the Big 12? As of Friday morning, our unofficial polling had Colorado State in the lead, followed by BYU and Cincinnati.

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell