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The Big 12 Conference board of directors made the invitation official Friday for UH to join the group.
The invitation comes just days after the University of Houston board of regents approved the move and five years after the one-time powerhouse league refused to invite the Cougars.
The announcement you’ve all been waiting for…— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 10, 2021
🚨 Big 12 Extends Membership Invitationshttps://t.co/YLZFxp0N48
UH is now expected to join Brigham Young University, the University of Central Florida and the University of Cincinnati in a new Big 12 after the University of Texas and Oklahoma decided to move to the SEC.
In a teleconference late Friday morning, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Houston is expected to join the conference no later than July 1, 2024, but the Cougars could begin play as Big 12 members as soon as 2023.
UH will join the conference no later than July 1 of 2024. Bob Bowlsby says UH could begin play in the conference sooner in 2023. #GoCoogs— Greg Bailey (@GregBailey13) September 10, 2021
Renu Khator, the University of Houston's chancellor, remarked the move as transformative, allowing "a great University of Houston" to turn into "a greater University of Houston."
UH chancellor Renu Khator says the move to the Big 12 will help transform the university from "a great University of Houston to a greater University of Houston.#GoCoogs— Greg Bailey (@GregBailey13) September 10, 2021
The Big 12 also has Baylor University, Iowa State, the University of Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech, and West Virginia.
Houston is currently part of the American Athletic Conference, which would have to pay a $10 million exit fee.
The implications for UH could mean the school sharing into lucrative TV rights revenue. In the last fiscal year, each Big 12 school reportedly earned up to $40.5 million in revenue.
In comparison, a school in the American Athletic Conference earned on average almost $7 million from TV rights revenue.
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