That makes two AAC schools now officially requesting to join the Big 12 before Friday’s supposed meeting to offer invitations for expansion in the wake of the Oklahoma and Texas exits.
Hours after Houston officially submitted its own Big 12 application, UCF followed suit with an application of their own, reported first by Rivals’ Brandon Helwig.
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UCF, like Cincinnati and Houston before them, will need to notify the AAC of departure 27 months in advance and pay a $10 million exit fee — that could rise if exit proceedings take an accelerated tone in the comings months. As one of the bigger schools in the AAC (largest by enrollment in the country), but one of the least smaller revenue drivers in Florida, UCF still offers the Big 12 an attractive foothold.
With UCF first playing football in 1979, the youngest of any Big 12 school if added, it shows UCF’s rapid ascent up the ranks of the college football landscape.
The Big 12 is expected to officially announce invitations to join the Big 12 for UCF, Cincinnati, Houston and BYU on Friday in the attempt to stabilize the conference moving into the newest era of college football.