While this is not relevant to the Big 12 (K State) in the short run, it may have relevance in the not too distant future.
When the ACC increased its exit fee to $50 Million the discussion of ACC members (most notably Florida State and Clemson) abandoning ship to set sale for Big 12 Country fell silent quickly. (That and the Big 12’s continued affirmation of no interest in expansion)
Now the Sports News world is full of stories describing the Big 10, Maryland and Rutgers as being in the process of making the Big 10 (12) the Big 10 (14).
The surprise to most is that Maryland which has recently had to make deep budget cuts to its athletic programs seems ready willing and able to pay the $50 Million ACC exit fee.
Which is where we get to the Big 12. With Pitt and Syracuse joining the ACC and Maryland and Rutgers possibly on the way to the Big 10 would this create any kind of financial instability/concern that might start the talk of Florida State and Clemson contemplating leaving the ACC as well? and if FSU and Clemson considered leaving the ACC, would there be any possible destination that they would view as favorable (Big 12, SEC)? and would that favorable destination view FSU and Clemson as favorable additions?
As one who said the $50 Million ACC exit fee should end all talk of conference realignment for the foreseeable future. I am amazed at how quickly it can start up again with Maryland as the subject.
With Notre Dame making a jump for its Olympic Sports to the ACC rather than the Big 10, perhaps the Big 10 is ready to remove ND from its wish list and go to 14.