(WTNH)–UConn’s knees must be knocking right now. Its voice getting higher, maybe its palms sweaty, arms heavy, vomit on its sweater already.
The school is set to make its all-important pitch to the Big 12 in Dallas on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
UConn is one of 11 schools still in the hunt for Big 12 expansion, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
The others: Air Force, BYU, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Colorado State, Houston, Rice, SMU, South Florida and Tulane, are also expected to make formal presentations to Big 12 officials beginning this week.
The Hartford Courant’s John Altavilla reports that BYU will likely be considered as a football-only member.
If that’s the case, it could mean that UConn could be considered as a second football-only candidate, with its powerhouse basketball programs taking their act elsewhere (the Big East?). That’s an unlikely scenario at this point, but in this brave, often illogical new world of conference realignment, it seems nothing is too far-fetched.
As part of their presentation Thursday, UConn officials are expected to highlight the school’s blueblood status in basketball, strong academics and proximity to Boston and New York, among other things.
A decision on expansion is expected to be made by mid-October, when the conference’s presidents are scheduled to meet.
There has been no word on whether the Big 12 will choose to expand by two or four schools. The conference currently has 10 members.