AP Source: Memphis, Temple cut from Big 12 expansion field

BY foxsports • September 2, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Big 12 has narrowed the field of candidates for possible expansion to 11 schools, with Memphis and Temple among the latest to be cut from consideration.

The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the Big 12 will not be making public any of its dealings with schools interested in joining the 10-team conference.

Big 12 officials are planning to start holding meetings in the Dallas area next week with BYU, Air Force, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Colorado State, Houston, Rice, SMU, South Florida and Tulane.

ESPN was first to report the field had been cut, with Memphis and Temple out of consideration.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby declined comment in a text message to AP.

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