This Florida politician insists the Big 12 add UCF and USF as a 'package deal' – SB Nation
The Big 12 decided before the 2016 football season that it wouldn’t expand — for the time being — beyond 10 teams. There’s been little chatter over the last year about the league growing. Sometime down the line, it’ll come up again.
When it does, two schools discussed will probably be UCF and USF. The two Interstate 4 rivals were among 17 universities to make pitches around the summer of 2016, when Big 12 expansion talk was at its latest zenith. USF made quiet approaches, while UCF emphasized video game supremacy.
In the wake of UCF’s 13-0 season and USF’s 10-2 mark, a Florida state rep wants to make extra sure the Big 12’s paying attention. Republican Rep. Bobby Olszewski, who won a special election in Orange County in October, sent a letter to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby on Wednesday, asking to keep the schools “at the top of mind.”
Clearly, a letter from a state rep (or a governor, or whoever) isn’t going to convince the Big 12 to do anything.
Politicans speaking up about college football is a quintessentially college football thing, dating at least to 1969, when Richard Nixon declared Texas the sport’s national champion over Arkansas.
Recent examples include an Iowa state rep who tried to bar Iowa State and Iowa from playing Friday night games and a Mississippi rep/former Ole Miss player who thought the NCAA’s compliance investigators should be accountable to the state government of Mississippi while they investigated Ole Miss. It’s always about making a point in order to gain favor with local voters.
“You know, the good thing is here I am as a state representative talking to you at a national publication, and we’re promoting the state of Florida,” he says.
But Olszewski is dead serious, and he has some