Big 12 Expansion: Interest In Pitt Heating Up?

This stuff won't go away soon, it just won't. More on the Big 12 expansion and Texas A&M stuff tomorrow morning, so look for that.

But the site that perhaps first mentioned Pitt was a potential target is back with more. Orangebloods.com now says that interest in Pitt and BYU is heating up with the Panthers now possibly a top target of the Big 12.

Who knows just how true any of this is, but Pitt is reportedly becoming one of the top schools sought by the conference:

The two names I keep hearing at the moment are BYU and Pittsburgh. BYU makes sense because ESPN has the Cougars' television contract, and ABC/ESPN is also the Tier 1 rights holder in the Big 12. But BYU may be perfect as an independent because of its ties to the Church of Latter-day Saints and its policies prohibiting the Cougars from athletic competition on Sundays.

Two sources told me today Pittsburgh continues to move up as a Big 12 target, and may even be moving into the lead. Pitt AD Steve Pederson is sending out signals the Panthers are content in the Big East.

The article reportedly mentions several sources. I won't doubt the credibility of those sources, but information is so limited at this time. Even all the folks making the decisions don't really know how everything will shake out, so why would anyone else at this point?

Bottom line is that, as I mentioned the other day, the Big 12 wanting to add Pitt makes perfect sense for the reasons I cited (solid football program, near-elite basketball program, northeast eyeballs), but I just don't see Pitt reciprocating that interest without other schools making the jump. Notre Dame, for the moment, appears out. Even if other schools are added, the issue of distance is still there and in the end, I also don't know how crazy Pitt would be about selling the midwest to its fanbase.

Still incredibly unlikely in my opinion.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Cardiac Hill

You must be a member of Cardiac Hill to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cardiac Hill. You should read them.

Join Cardiac Hill

You must be a member of Cardiac Hill to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cardiac Hill. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker