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Report: Cincinnati, UCF, Houston to Join Big 12 in 2023-24 Academic Year

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It was first reported by Jon Rothstein on Wednesday afternoon that American Athletic Conference members Cincinnati, Central Florida and Houston are set to join the Big 12 at the start of the 2023-24 academic year.

The fourth new Big 12 member, BYU, is also planning on joining in 2023.

Sources told FanDuel that the AAC is still having conversations about what the exit fees would be for UC, UCF and UH. The conference already requires members for a 27-month notice in advance as well as a $10 million buyout.

Rothstein also reported that since Oklahoma and Texas are still planning on heading to the SEC in 2025, the Big 12 will have 14 teams for football and men’s basketball for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 seasons. This would eliminate the traditional round-robin format that the basketball side has had for a while.

Cincinnati, UCF, Houston and BYU were formally invited to the Big 12 Conference back in September 2021. The Big 12 needed to start thinking about creating a future plan without Oklahoma and Texas. All three AAC programs are under the notion that they will be joining the Big 12 for the 2023-24 academic year.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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