IT’S OFFICIAL: The University of Houston has joined the Big 12 Conference

From the University of Houston:

As it celebrates its 75th anniversary of intercollegiate competition, the University of Houston has accepted an invitation to the Big 12 Conference and will begin play in the league as soon as the fall of 2023.

On Friday morning, Big 12 presidents voted to expand the league with four schools. In addition to the Cougars, BYU, Cincinnati and UCF accepted invitations to join the league. Those four newcomers will compete against current Big 12 members Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia.

UH President Renu Khator, UH System Board of Regents Chairman Tilman J. Fertitta and Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman joined with Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Big 12 Board of Directors Chairman and Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec on the historic announcement Friday.

“Joining the Big 12 Conference is a historic step in our institutional journey and signifies the tremendous growth and success attained academically and athletically over the last decade,” Khator said. “Our expectations for our University remain high, our aspirations continue to be bold, and we embrace this new opportunity to compete at the highest levels in all we do.”

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