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There has been plenty of movement within the Big 12 over the last two years, as the conference saw both Texas A&M and Missouri leave for the SEC, and brought in West Virginia and TCU to replace both of them.
Though if you ask West Virginia athletic director, Oliver Luck, the conference shouldn't stop at the Horned Frogs and Mountaineers.
"My recommendation would be to look long and hard at moving up, whether it's to 11 or 12, particularly when you look at how big the SEC is, how big the ACC is going to be, the number that the Big Ten and the Pac-12 are at," Luck told ESPN.com's David Ubben. "I think it would be wise to take a long hard look at that because there is some strength in numbers."
The Big 12 has taken further expansion under consideration in recent months, even putting together an expansion committee, but there hasn't been any movement recently. Still, schools like BYU, Cincinnati and Louisville have all been mentioned as possible expansion candidates in the past.
Luck also said that his time in the Big East gave him a good reason to think that expansion is what's best for the Big 12.
"My message to my fellow ADs -- and I'm the new kid on the block, so I haven't really said too much -- but I said to the group that I think the Big East was complacent by remaining at eight and that doesn't really give you much room for error if somebody does want to pick up and leave, as happened with Pitt and Syracuse ."
And if Luck gets his way, the Big East may lose Louisville and Cincinnati too.
West Virginia AD thinks it's in conference's best interest
Something else interesting to note Louisville is investing a ton of money in updating or building new facilities in a ton of sports. These are some of the highlights in there 2012-2014 executive budget
$16,228,000 - Athletic Academic Support facility 46,200 sq ft.
$16,119,000 - Construct a 3,500 seat soccer stadium, practice fields and a 1,500 car parking lot
$5,000,000 - Replace 42,000 seats in the original portions of PJCS
$5,000,000 - Purchase Floyd St land for future athletic facilities
$4,573,000 - Expand Patterson baseball stadium by 2,000
$4,430,000 - Purchase Chevron property ???west side of campus, demolish buildings, add 1240 car prk lot
$3,500,000 - Improve Floyd St corridor "in manner similar to along Eastern Pkwy"
$2,600,000 - Ulmer softball stadium expansion adding a terrace, expand pressbox and add lockerrooms
$1,950,000 - Improvements along 3rd St
$1,000,000 - Replace 103,104 sq ft of artifical turf at PJCS
$1,000,000 - Soccer stadium video boards
$865,000 - Purchase 100,000 sq ft of artificial turf to an outdoor practice field
$700,000 - Resurface the track and cardio path at Cardinal Park
$254,000 - Construct intramural field, a 6-field complex and integrated cardio path
All of this along with the recent expansion of there football stadium to 55k, setting themselves up very well for an offer to Big-12
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