After months of articles, deliberations, debates, teases, and taunts, the Big 12 Board Members came come together to meet on expansion and announced.... nothing. According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, the league has decided to stand pat, and focus on getting more money from FOX and ESPN.
While we are still waiting on Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s press conference to make it official, it seem that the expansion debate is
dead still dragging on for the unforeseeable future. Twitter reacted accordingly to the (lack of) news on the issue.
Here are some of the best tweets we found:
Big 12 not expanding? There's a solution for that. pic.twitter.com/FuPlSoD4CD— WRNL (@WideRtNattyLt) October 17, 2016
The Big XII just catfished BYU and Cincinnati https://t.co/YIF5bUwQqQ— Josh Elias (@JMElias47) October 17, 2016
The Big 12 isn't going to expand, but it is going to flex in every photo to try to look bigger and more impressive.— Big 12 Refs (@Big12Refs) October 17, 2016
Big 12 not expanding. We go live to UConn and Cincinnati pic.twitter.com/I4WvEP7DYh— Viva the Matadors (@vivathematadors) October 17, 2016
While some chose to be funny, others chose to go all “Nostradomus” and predict the league’s demise.
The ultimate Big 12 runaround. Might make sense for now but league likely has signed its own death warrant. https://t.co/SgCpvu0iTW— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 17, 2016
Today's activities will fill a spot in the Big 12 Conference obituary. #Big12Expansion— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) October 17, 2016
If nothing else, the lack of an actual decision by the Big 12 means we get to continue to enjoy the creativity of sports fans as they troll the league on social media.