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College writer says Big 12 should consider adding Arizona, Arizona State

Fans' take: Should the Big 12 expand?

College basketball fans attending the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City weighed in on the prospect of a possible Big 12 Conference expansion.
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College basketball fans attending the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City weighed in on the prospect of a possible Big 12 Conference expansion.

Imagine this Big 12 football coaching matchup: Bill Snyder vs. Herm Edwards.

You might be asking yourself how Snyder and Kansas State could end up facing Edwards and Arizona State in the Big 12. Naturally, it's a long shot to happen, but one college writer thinks the Big 12 should at least consider expanding west.

"Big 12 would be wise to begin cuddling up to Arizona, Arizona State with expansion in mind before leagues begin negotiating their new TV deals," David Ubben, who will be joining The Athletic, wrote on Twitter. "The fissures in the Pac-12 have never been wider."

This came in response to a story by Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports with the headline, "Cracks are forming in the Pac-12: Will they be patched before it's too late?"

Noting the revenue discrepancy between the Pac-12 and the SEC, Dodd wondered: "Is it time to start calling it the Power Four? Now four years into the College Football Playoff era and 20 years since the Bowl Championship Series started, the Pac-12 has the Power Five's fewest total appearances (five)."

Now, rumors circulated as far back as 2011 that the Big 12 was interested in adding Arizona and Arizona State. Instead, West Virginia and TCU joined the league the following year.

In 2016, the Big 12 announced that it was going to evaluate the interest in schools that wanted to join the Big 12. Cincinnati, Houston and BYU appeared to be among the favorites to join the conference. But the Arizona schools never reached out to the Big 12 as far as anyone knows.

And, after three months of talks with other schools, the Big 12 decided against expansion.

There is no sense that the Big 12 would like to add the Arizona schools at this time, but what do you think of the idea? Would you be in favor of the Big 12 inviting Arizona and Arizona State? Vote in our poll and leave a comment below.

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