UH to the Big 12? Five Reasons It Would Be a Huge Boost

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Home sweet home for the Coogs?
Everyone's reporting that Texas A&M has all but decided to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, and the San Antonio Express-News adds an Aggie official says the Big 12 told the school the University of Houston would be a viable replacement.

UH had been talking/hoping/trying to get into the Big East, reportedly; while the Big 12 seems to be losing some momentum lately, it would still be a huge boost for the Coogs to get in it.

Why?

5. They'd be out of Conference USA
Conference USA was basically started as a basketball conference in 1995, with UH joining schools like Marquette, Louisville, DePaul and Cincinnati, all of them at the time relative hoop powers. The C-USA membership has changed radically since then, of course, but it's still decidedly small-timey, with very little in the way of well-known football programs.

4. A notable upgrade in the schedule
Instead of playing teams like UTEP, Tulane and Memphis, the Coogs will be lining up against the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Even in down periods, those schools are recognizable football names.

3. Increased TV revenue
The jump here will be impressive. C-USA generates a fraction of the revenue the Big 12 does.

2. The new stadium becomes more of a likelihood
A year ago UH announced plans to spend $160 million expanding and renovating Robertson Stadium, an outdated facility that seats a mere 32,000. The current economy isn't very conducive to raising the cash needed to fulfill that plan, of course, but a move to the Big 12 would not only energize the UH fan base, including the big-time donors, it would mean a higher profile that would more easily attract corporate donors. And the Big 12 could make UH guarantee the renovations would be done as a condition of acceptance, making it even more of a priority for the school.

1. Easier access to the BCS
Right now UH can only hope to be a "BCS-buster," an outside school that's ranked so high it demands a spot in a BCS bowl. The Big 12, of course, automatically qualifies the conference winner for such a spot, and second-place schools from AQ conferences often find their way into the games.

So all UH would need to do is prove themselves on the field, and the rest of it will take care of itself.


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Stu
Stu

Yeah, UH really needs to worry about athletics more than academics........Like a hole in the head. OOOOHHHHHHH! We're in the Big 12 with a bunch other retards who pay their coaches way more than the worth of a decent math prof. Let the NFL fund the teams like the baseball  teams do with farm clubs.

Gil Velasquez
Gil Velasquez

UH may be a better fit for the Big 9, woopsy, I mean XII - but the fact remains that while this will help them in the near future, they need to keep one eye open on Dan Beebe and the backstabbing Whorns at all times.  Assume the best - rabid success out of nowhere and growth in the next five years for UH in the league, then believe me, from what I have read on Twitter, the Whorns have not forgotten Bleachergate.  And they will come back to stick it to UH any way they can.  Basically, know that you are letting a Trojan Horse in the door, just watch out when the orange nation finally comes out.  They'd sell their momma for more TV rights, so watch what they will do to UH.

craigley
craigley

SEC for the Coogs or bust.

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