Big 12 commissioner 'excited' to bring league to 'vibrant' and 'young' city of Houston

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Houston finally part of the 'circus' of Big 12 football media days
The University of Houston made its debut at the Big 12 Conference media days in Arlington, Texas, where the league's football title will be decided.

ARLINGTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Conference media days are considered by many to be the unofficial start of college football season. For the University of Houston and its fans, there's nothing unofficial about finally being in the Big 12 Conference.

"Walking in here this morning, you look up and see your logo up there with all those other schools, and it hits you," Houston Athletics Director Chris Pezman explained to ABC13 on Wednesday.

"The scale of what this is - it's a spectacle," Pezman added. "It's like the circus. For our kids to get up here and see the visibility that being in the Big 12 will afford them and afford our university, it's exciting."

In a move, which became official July 1, UH joined 13 other schools to form the new-look Big 12. The conference shift has been long-awaited by Coogs fans, and the league appears to have been anxiously awaiting landing UH and all that comes with the school and the city.

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"Obviously, football drives the day, but I love their basketball program," Brett Yormark, Big 12 commissioner, told reporters Wednesday about bringing UH into the conference. "They're one of the top programs in America, and football is very strong, too. We're excited about their entry into the conference. Excited to be in a market like Houston. It's vibrant. It's young. It's top 10. Delivers a lot of households. We're really excited about it."

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The University of Houston officially joined the Big 12 Conference starting July 1.