Should UH and TCU Join The Big 12 Conference?

After several days of uncertainty for fans and intense negotiations involving university leaders, The University of  Texas and Texas A&M announced late Monday that the schools would remain part of a 10 team Big 12 conference.

But with Colorado and Nebraska leaving for other conferences, that leaves a gap in the Big 12 that State Representative Garnet Coleman thinks should be filled by Texas Schools.

Late today Coleman released a statement that The University of Houston and Texas Christian University should become part of the Big 12.

You can read his full statement below, but what do you think?

Austin–Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement regarding the Big XII: 

Now that UT, A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor will be staying in the Big XII, there’s one path forward for Texas’ universities that would bring the most benefit to our state: include more Texas teams in the Big XII conference.  The University of Houston and Texas Christian University have shown the ability to compete on a national playing field and should be invited to join the Big XII. 

Elevating more Texas schools would advance our student athletes and our institutions of higher education.  It would also serve as an economic boost to Houston and North Texas and the state as a whole while opening up new fan bases and large TV markets.


11 Responses

  1. why would TCU want to join a weaker conference?

    • Ya weaker conference your an idiot im pretty sure every year a big 12 team is competing for a national title. Big 12 is always the second best football conference respectively behind the SEC. In general the Big 12 is a premier conference for all sports TCU and Houston should feel honored just to be considered. Lay off the pot dude.

  2. Make it happen, Ms. Benton!

  3. I support this initiative 100% . Our Texas schools have been seperated too along and offer too much not to be included in a BCS conference. It is the next logical step, and one that has taken too long!

  4. It makes too much sense I’m afraid.

  5. Yes…slam no brainer! Two very accomplished universities!

  6. AMEN!!!

  7. Definitely, this would be a shame if two universities with such fast rising programs were not to be shown at least this much respect and opportunity. Not to mention that UH is widely under-appreciated in terms of the quality of its education, churning out some of the best creative-writers and scientists out there! Sign ’em up!

  8. As a UH student, It would be great if UH is given an opportunity to join the Big 12. It will help elevate our status as a school and help the state of Texas.

    However…as much as I want it to happen, I believe it is unlikely that this will happen. Bringing in 2 other teams into the Big 12 will dilute the conference in revenue and chances of winning. After all, this is all about money. The Presidents of the Big 12 schools aren’t going to bring in two other schools out of the goodness of their own hearts.

    Like I said, it’s all about the money and boys up top (esp at UT) will look out for themselves before anybody else. Meaning they will rather make sure their bank account is full over help make other schools and education in Texas great. It is unfortunate, but a reality. I hope that the politicians can see how this will actually benefit the great state of Texas and hopefully do something about it, but right now the rich is only getting richer and the poor is getting poorer.

  9. I think that Houston and SMU should join the MWC.

  10. GREAT IDEA!!! As both a UT and UH alum, I’d love to see this!

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