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TCU News: Expansion’s Day of Reckoning

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TCU half and half: 5 things that went right, 5 things that went wrong | Fort Worth Star Telegram

This is a pretty accurate breakdown of the first half of TCU’s season. Also, Kyle Hicks is the truth.

2. Kyle Hicks. The head coach hasn’t had one bad thing to say about him, and how often can you say that? The junior running back from Arlington Martin leads the Frogs in all-purpose yardage (811). He’s No. 1 in catches (27). He’s run for seven touchdowns. He’s second in the Big 12 in rushing yards (494). His nine total touchdowns give him a league-leading 54 points. He recovered a fumble to save the game-winning drive against Kansas. His contributions are plentiful, and he’s touching the ball fewer than 20 times a game.

Big 12 Expansion

Will the Big 12 pick anyone for expansion? | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The likely move will be to remain at 10 teams, but there is intrigue simply due to the fact that BYUtv will carry the press conference. There’s also a rumor that BYU and Cincinnati officials are currently in Dallas meeting with Big 12 officials.

Whether that step will be forward, backward or sideways is open to speculation. Most signs point toward embracing the 10-member status quo as the probable outcome despite millions spent on consultants’ fees and significant hours spent vetting candidates by commissioner Bob Bowlsby since the July 19 acknowledgment that the Big 12 had shifted into expansion mode.

Big 12 expansion: League so unpredictable that anything could happen Monday | CBS Sports

This has been a crazy ride, and it may not be over just yet.

So for anyone to say expansion is dead, well, that would be dumb. The Big 12 presidents gather this week to make a decision (maybe) on whether to add two teams. Meanwhile, the futures of about dozen schools from three conferences (and an independent) hang in the balance.

"One thing about the Big 12," said one official from an expansion candidate, "it is totally unpredictable."