Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Is the Big 12 conference targeting Pitt?
According to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com the answer is “Yes.”
Brown reported today that “Two sources told me today Pittsburgh continues to move up as a Big 12 target, and may even be moving into the lead.”
The other school that’s being mentioned is BYU.
Currently there is a five-member Big 12 expansion committee being headed by Missouri’s chancellor and includes Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione and Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds.
Earlier this week, the Pitt athletic department refused to comment on Pitt leaving the Big East rumors.
Brown goes on to say “Pittsburgh would bring football and basketball tradition to the Big 12 as well as a large television market in the northeast. Considering Pitt makes about $8 million per year currently in TV revenue, the Panthers would probably love the upgrade in pay in the Big 12 (to between $17 million and $20 million) starting next year – as long as the Big 12 is still together at that point.”
Sources tell me that it’s highly unlikely Pitt would have interest in leaving the Big East for the unstable Big 12.
If conferences such as the Big 10, SEC or ACC would call, that would have the school interested.