Texas governor demands Houston be included as part of Big 12 expansion

Published 2:25 am Friday, July 22, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is demanding that the University of Houston be included in any expansion of the Big 12 Conference.

In a message posted on social media, Abbott said: “Big 12 expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston.”

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Abbott’s fellow Texas Republican and a former Houston radio talk show host, also messaged: “I join with GregAbbott—TX – any BIG 12 expansion must include UHouston or NO DEAL!”

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Documents obtained by The Associated Press through open records requests show Houston is competing with such schools as Connecticut, Cincinnati, UCF, Memphis and Colorado State.

The 10-school conference hasn’t committed itself to expansion, but Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been asked to begin evaluating candidate schools.