Provo, Utah BYU Sports Director Tom Holmo has been busy for the past nine months. There is no shortage of tasks on his schedule since receiving a coveted invitation from the Big 12 convention.
The same is true for the Big 12. One of the most important tasks ahead of the Big 12 is to set the schedules and structure for Big 12 football. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated earlier this year that October is the likely target date for football schedule 2023. So time is ticking .
Yesterday, at BYU Football Media Day, Holmoe said the Big 12 will last with nine conference games. This has always been the expectation, but divisions or lack of divisions are still up for debate.
BYU will join the Big 12 on July 1, 2023
Along with BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF will join the Energy Conference on July 1, 2023. These additions will bring the total membership to 14 universities.
Early on in the process, the idea of the Big 12 returning to the splits – something they had from 1996 to 2010 – seemed like a hard blow. But last month, the NCAA passed legislation eliminating requirements for conferences with divisions to hold a conference championship game. (The Big 12 has had a relinquishment since 2017 on their title game.) This clears the way for the Big 12 to continue operating without divisions if they so desire.
Tom Holmo says no to the 12 big football divisions
With no divisions needed, will the Big 12 stick to the no division paradigm in football?
Holmo was working on Radio SicEm365 in Waco, Texas, to discuss this topic.
“For someone who hasn’t been to a conference for a number of years but has seen and seen what the 12 and the different conferences have done with their divisions – or not with the Big 12 -, I think it’s the best thing. [to not have divisions],” Holmo told SicEm365 radio. “And I look now and see that a number of other conferences are going without divisions. I feel it is in the personal interest of the Senior 12 that there is no difference.”
The hard part about all of this is how things stand with Texas and Oklahoma. It appears that the administrators and athletic directors during the Big 12 Spring Meetings are operating on the idea that Horns & Sooners will remain in the Big 12 until June 30, 2025.
Holmo continued, “As we do this, we may learn something from not having divisions that will change in the future. But I think, going forward, in particular, where we’ll have Oklahoma and Texas in the near future, and then you’ll change the number of teams. Is that going to change that?” Splits? I think it’s a lot easier and I think it would be better, in the long run, not to have splits.”
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (Subscription) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday 12-3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: Tweet embed