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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?
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.
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.
Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer
If UConn found a home for football, the Big East would seriously consider the Huskies for all other sports, according to a source with knowledge. The Big East would be a natural fit. So far the 10-team Big East only has all sports members, but doesn't offer Division I (FBS) football. UConn is in all sports in the AAC. If given the choice, the Huskies would want to be in the Big 12 in all sports. But the chances that offer ever comes is still too hard to predict now.
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
Thursday's announcement of the Ray Guy and Lou Groza watchlists sparked excitement among teams across the country.
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?
UConn football coach Bob Diaco and his wife Julia have announced they are donating $250,000 toward the construction of several new athletic facilities on campus.
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.
UConn's Bob Diaco received a two-year contract extension after taking the Huskies to their first bowl game since the 2010 season.
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?
FBS teams with the most intact offenses
Florida State tops the list of FBS teams with the most returning offensive starters (11). Connecticut, Miami, Louisville and Kent State are tied for second most, with 10.
Boston College has hired former Syracuse and Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni as a defensive line coach.
Michigan has hired Warde Manuel to be its athletic director under a five-year deal announced Friday.
Michigan will hire Warde Manuel to be the school's new athletic director later this week, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
Summers snags one
UConn CB Jamar Summers grabbed a big interception on a pass intended for Marshall WR Davonte Allen. Summers won this battle, but the Thundering Herd won the game. Best bowl pictures
Connecticut vs Maine Black Bears
Rentschler Field - Thu 9/1