With Oklahoma and Texas on the verge of leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC, Kansas appears to be want off the sinking ship that is their current conference. To that end, they’re already reaching out to at least one other Power Five league.
According to University of Kansas insider Mike Vernon, the school has a call set up with the Big Ten. Vernon theorized that leaving the Big 12 to go anywhere is “not in the best interest of KU.”
In college basketball, Kansas is one of college’s mightiest blue bloods, regularly winning the conference title and making deep runs in the NCAA Tournament. That isn’t likely to change if they join the Big Ten, or any conference for that matter.
But in college football, Kansas has been the minnow of the Big 12 for the overwhelming majority of their stay in the conference. They’ve had just three winning seasons and four bowl appearances in their 25 years as a Big 12 member.
Moving to the Big Ten – if they’re accepted – would all but assure that the Jayhawks football program will never be prominent again. But for the sport that really matters to them – college basketball – there could be plenty of benefit for everyone.
OPINION: this is the best case scenario for Kansas.
Texas and OU are gone. Sticking around in the B12 remnants is not in the best interest of KU.
— Mike Vernon (@M_Vernon) July 23, 2021
Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas all leaving the Big 12 would certainly be the death knell of the conference. They’d be losing their biggest draws from the two biggest college sports in the country.
While the Big 12 could try and expand by bringing in some schools that have been hungry for Power Five membership, they just wouldn’t have the same drawing power as before.
Will Kansas leave the Big 12? Are they destined to join the Big Ten next?
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