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SMU expresses interest in Big 12

Updated: August 26, 2011, 11:09 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SMU athletic director Steve Orsini believes his school is ready to join an automatic-qualifier BCS conference and has made his case to certain Big 12 officials.

"We feel it's time. We're ready," Orsini said Thursday, shortly after Texas A&M announced it has informed the Big 12 that it's looking at other conference options. "The college landscape is shifting. We're already a top academic institution and with the re-commitment of the university already in place, we can be a top athletics program ...

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