Big 12 mailbag: Ramifications of Baylor scandal

In this week's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss the fallout from the Baylor scandal, which resulted in Art Briles losing his job on Thursday.

To the 'bag:

Trotter: Baylor is going to fall after this. How far, well, that's difficult to say right now. Is the NCAA going to get involved? Is Baylor going to have to release players from scholarship? Are the freshmen going to be let out of their letters of intent? And who in the end is Baylor going to be able to get to coach this program? Baylor has made too much progress with its facilities to ever return to being the cellar-dweller it was before Briles arrived. But it's hard to see how the Bears ever get back to the level they had climbed to in the seasons leading up to the scandal.

Trotter: That might depend on whether the NCAA steps in. Baylor has already alerted the NCAA, but this is such a unique case that in most ways it falls outside the NCAA's official jurisdiction. That didn't stop the governing body from getting involved after the Penn State scandal. And Baylor wouldn't really have the political capital to fight the NCAA if it brought down the hammer. We'll just have to see. But if the school winds up replacing the entire coaching staff then you'll probably see at least some defections.

Trotter: This is a great question, Travis. It won't really affect the Big 12's actual pursuit of other schools, but it figures to definitely affect the boardroom discussions the league will be having in the coming weeks about whether it will move to pursue expansion. Ken Starr was a member of the three-pronged composition committee, and one of the biggest voices in the president's room. Now, we don't even know who Baylor is going to be sending to the meetings in Irving, Texas, next week. Interim presidents now representing three different schools could hinder the Big 12 from boldly approving proposals of which Oklahoma president David Boren wants unanimous approval.

Trotter: Just because Phil Bennett is expected to become interim coach now doesn't mean he will be for the 2016 season. Baylor needs someone to oversee the program right now. But given what was in the Pepper Hamilton report, there will be tremendous pressure for the school to make wholesale changes.

Trotter: The two aren't analogous. There will be a backlash if and when the Mixon video gets out. But as troubling as it was, Mixon's incident was an isolated one. The Pepper Hamilton report revealed an institutional failure to protect women on Baylor's campus.

Trotter: It's easy to forget in all this that Baylor still has a top-10 roster going into the 2016 season, a team talented enough to challenge for a spot in the CFP. Who knows what happens to Baylor football long term. But as far as 2016, they're still going to be tough, even with all that is happening around them, which is, and is going to be, considerable -- provided the team is kept together.

Trotter: First, the Big 12 will have to take a vote on expansion, which is not happening next week, and probably not until at least at the end of the summer, at the earliest. But the vote will be termed a vote to pursue expansion candidates. If passed then the league would begin to court candidates, which could take another few months. So 2018 seems like the very soonest the Big 12 could have new members on the field.

Trotter: This is the way Big 12 should do expansion. Who brings the most to the culinary equation? With Skyline, Graeter's and the Montgomery Inn backing it, Cincinnati would be a formidable candidate.

Trotter: Thunder in 6.