College GameDay’s appearance in Lawrence, Kansas serves as a showcase for not only just the Kansas program, but the Big 12 conference as a whole.
Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark made the trip and joined ESPN’s Pete Thamel for a sit down interview as part of the GameDay show Saturday morning.
“It’s incredible that College GameDay is here on campus. It’s a great moment for the school and the conference. It is a validation of where we are going,” said Yormark when asked about the conference’s viability compared to other Power 5 conferences.
“It’s incredible that @CollegeGameDay is here on campus. It’s a great moment for the school and the conference. It is a validation of 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜.” 🚀#Big12FB x @KUAthletics pic.twitter.com/B6g2KGEGGV
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 8, 2022
He also continued to touch on the parity that exists, the number of Big 12 teams that are still ranked, and of course, a claim, that starts with Kansas at the top, as the best basketball conference in the country.
Yormark’s point is that, even if the Big 12 does get left out of the college football playoff this season, something likely to happen, the conference still has a lot going for it overall. This also all doesn’t even speak to the fact the Big 12 will be adding Cincinnati, UCF, Houston and BYU as members in hopes of helping to replace the impending departures of mainstays Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC.