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Deion Sands, Colorado football’s head coach, surveys the field at Folsom Field during a spring training game in Boulder. The Big 12 wants to expand after Texas and Oklahoma, two football giants, agreed to join SEC in 2024. The Big 12 invited four new schools to join the conference in 2023, yet they’re still seeking further expansion.

The Pac-12 has been in disarray since USC and UCLA agreed to leave the West Coast-based conference in favor of the Big Ten.

Deion Sanders Colorado head coach
The Pac-12 is desperate to find replacements after losing their two Los Angeles-based universities. San Diego State has been a popular choice to replace USC and UCLA. San Diego State reached the 2023 “March Madness” Final Four and appeared in the 2023 men’s college basketball championship game.

Big 12 Aggressively Expanding

After losing Oklahoma and Texas, the Big 12 added four schools. Houston, UCF Cincinnati and BYU are joining the Big 12 for the 2023 season. The Big 12 expanded to 16 schools, which seems to be the current magic number in football-dominated conferences.

The SEC and Big Ten tipped the balance of power among the Power Five conferences when they expanded to 16 schools. By adding UNLV to the Big 12, the Big 12 would have a presence in Las Vegas. By adding UNLV, the Big 12 would have a presence in Las Vegas.

UConn has also drawn interest from the Big 12, mainly because of their basketball prowess after winning the 2023 March Madness men’s college basketball championship.

In March, the Big 12 targeted schools from the “four corners” states to join their conference, which includes Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah. Those four schools are members of the Pac-12.

reported Berry Tramel from

The Oklahoman.

Colorado is a former denizen of the Big 12, but left the conference in 2011 when the Pac-10 expanded and rebranded as the Pac-12.

Colorado joined the informally-named Big Seven in 1947 before the conference added an eighth team in 1964. The Big Eight was an important presence in college basketball and football for three decades. In 1994, four Southwest Conference teams joined the Big Eight to form the Big 12. One Big 12 coach believes yes. https://t.co/Bz2HPOjHJY— Berry Tramel (@BerryTramel) Prime Time Colorado Football

It’s been 33 years since Colorado defeated Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl to claim the 1990 national championship. For the last two decades, the Colorado Buffaloes let down students and alumni with lackluster football teams.

Colorado made only seven bowl appearances since 2001, and they last won a bowl game in 2004. Not counting the pandemic-shortened season of 2020, Colorado posted just one winning season since 2006.

Colorado fired head coach Karl Dorrell last October after an 0-5 start. The Buffs were last in the Pac-12 after a 1-8 season. During the 2022 season, Colorado finished with a 1-11 overall record.

Sanders is a former dual-sport athlete who logged 14 seasons in the NFL and bounced around MLB for nine seasons.

Sanders joined Jackson State as their head coach in 2020 in an attempt to elevate the profile of HBCU programs. Sanders didn’t have any head coaching experience, so the hiring seemed like a publicity stunt.

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Sanders proved everyone wrong when he went 27-6 during his three-season stint at Jackson State. Jackson State had an 8-0 record in Southwestern Athletic Conference during Sanders’ tenure. Sanders led Jackson State in 2022 to a record of 12-1.

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