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Former Houston coach Dana Dimel thinks Cougars would be bad for Big 12

Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. revels in the confetti after they defeated Florida State 38-24 in the Peach Bowl. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. revels in the confetti after they defeated Florida State 38-24 in the Peach Bowl. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) AP

Kansas State offensive coordinator Dana Dimel doesn’t like the idea of Houston joining the Big 12.

“I think that would be really bad for everybody,” Dimel said Saturday at K-State’s football media day.

Dimel was the head coach at Houston from 2000-02, compiling an overall record of 8-26 over three years. Before that, he was the head coach at Wyoming, where he went 22-13.

Now that he recruits the Houston area as a K-State coordinator, he would prefer the Cougars remain in the America Athletic Conference.

“You can recruit Houston,” Dimel said. “If they get into the Big 12 they will be tough to beat in recruiting, because of the proximity.”

Dimel made his opinion on Houston known after several power brokers across the Big 12 voiced their support for the Cougars.

In a series of Twitter posts last month, Houston gained endorsements from University of Texas president Gregory Fenves, Texas governor Greg Abbott and Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

Abbott wrote: “Big 12 expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston.”

Fenves wrote: “UH is a huge asset for Texas.”

Texas Tech also released a statement in support of Houston, saying the university valued its partnership with Houston.

Dimel was surprised to see those reactions.

“I can’t believe anybody would want Houston,” Dimel said.

The Big 12 announced during its media days last month in Dallas that commissioner Bob Bowlsby would begin evaluating candidates for possible expansion by two or four schools. Since then, many schools have been linked to Big 12 expansion, including Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, Memphis, Connecticut, Colorado State, Central Florida, South Florida and others. Even East Carolina and New Mexico have made a push for inclusion.

It remains unclear which schools the Big 12 is seriously considering, or if it will actually follow through with expansion plans. But Houston is widely considered to be among the frontrunners.

Eight of the 10 current Big 12 schools must vote to approve any new member. The Longhorns appear to be in favor of Houston, but some have speculated the Cougars are less popular outside the Lone Star State. Like Dimel, some may not be crazy about adding another Texas school.

K-State coach Bill Snyder has not shared his opinions on any expansion targets, but he does support the Big 12 returning to its original 12-team setup.

No matter what happens, he thinks the conference is stable.

“Who is in our conference right now that could go someplace that would be better than where they are?” Snyder said at Big 12 media days. “I may be wrong, and other people may see it differently, but I don’t think anybody could be in a better situation than the teams that we have in our conference. I will tell you what: there are teams that left our conference right now that wish they could get back in the conference. Two I know of.”

Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett

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