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Memphis native Justin Timberlake wants to see the Tigers in the Big 12.
Some schools show excitement, some play it casual, and some are simply hoping to be taken seriuously.
Houston enjoyed unprecedented success in coach Tom Herman's first season. Can the Cougars keep it going? And who might challenge them from the American's East division?
Running back Jamarius Henderson is leaving Memphis' football program.
Is Houston a favorite to join the Big 12? What about UConn, Memphis or UCF as candidates? What are the motives of league heavyweights Oklahoma and Texas? Big expansion questions need answers.
Answering reader questions about Big 12 expansion candidates and more.
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
Former Memphis coach (and current Virginia Tech coach) Justin Fuente says Tigers "absolutely" could fit in the Big 12. Fuente said the ceiling is high there and "I hope the people of Memphis get that. I'm pulling for them."
The Big 12 is on the hunt for new members. There are legitimate contenders, such as BYU and Cincinnati, and there are hopefuls, wild cards and even a potential Power 5 defector.
Big 12 coaches voted under the condition of anonymity when polled by ESPN's Brett McMurphy on their preferred expansion candidates. Houston and BYU led the way with five votes each.
Big 12 set to get bigger
The Big 12 Conference announced on Tuesday that it will begin the process of reviewing expansion candidates. Multiple American Athletic Conference schools, along with BYU and Colorado State, have expressed interest in joining the conference so far. Expansion details
Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said new teams could be added to league by 2017. Welcome to the next wave of conference realignment
Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer
The Big 12 (really 10) announced it's going to explore adding as many as four teams through expansion. The league's board of directors has authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to solicit interest from potential candidates. Among the schools that might be considered potential candidates: Boise State, BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, Memphis, UCF and USF. Bowlsby said the Big 12 board "saw the path forward clearly and has taken steps. We need to look at it logistically and put a plan together."
The American made a splash as Houston and Temple enjoyed successful seasons. Both quarterbacks are back for those squads. Which other players are indispensable in the conference?
How do coaches think 2016 will go in the AAC? Opposing coaches dish, anonymously, on why Greg Ward Jr. is dominant, how Temple is dangerous and much more from the American Athletic Conference.
FedEx has dangled sponsorship and other revenue to help land Memphis in the Big 12. But the shipping giant's money, and that of other big businesses, might not be enough.
With the Big 12 considering expansion, documents show the conference's composition committee is flirting with Houston, Memphis, UCF and Colorado State.
Notre Dame in the B1G? Boise State in the Pac-12? This is what realignment and expansion should look like, even if it can't. Plus, an epic commitment and more of the best of the week in CFB.
Houston is an up-and-coming Texas-based option. USF-UCF deliver a foothold in Florida. Memphis and BYU have some upside. So if the Big 12 is serious about adding two teams, who's in play?
If the Big 12 decides to expand, Memphis appears to be a likely candidate.
Memphis vs Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium - Sat 9/3