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The Big 12 won’t be adding UConn and Gonzaga in this round of realignment.
There had been rumors circulating for months the Huskies and Bulldogs were high on the conference’s list of teams it wanted to add, but ultimately, neither will get an invite.
That’s not speculation. Commissioner Brett Yormark told Andrew Marchand, “Those conversations are no longer. Unfortunately things didn’t work out only because the dream scenario unfolded for us.”
UConn and Gonzaga won’t join the Big 12.
Yormark’s comments shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It was obvious the moment the conference snatched four major PAC-12 teams that there wasn’t room for UConn and Gonzaga.
Both are basketball powers, but the Big 12 definitely was aiming for traditional P5 programs. Yormark and the conference aren’t even interested in adding Cal and Stanford.
If Yormark’s conference is out on two P5 programs, it only makes sense to also be out on UConn and Gonzaga. The Huskies and Bulldogs would have made great sense if all other realignment options failed.
However, failure didn’t happen. The exact opposite happened. The Big 12 successfully added Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah.
The situation couldn’t have gone better for Yormark. While adding UConn and Gonzaga would have been a solid move if necessary, taking four major PAC-12 brands is a dream come true for Yormark’s conference.
Now, UConn and Gonzaga are on the outside looking in. The highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Welcome to life in college sports.