While it isn't official, it's pretty much an accepted fact that Texas A&M will be leaving the Big 12 for the SEC at some point in the immediate future. Which means that the Big 12 is going to be down a school and looking for a replacement. Now, generally, any school that might have some interest in joining the Big 12 would go about things quietly. Schools would perform their due diligence under the cover of darkness, and through meetings at undisclosed locations.
Then there's SMU. SMU wouldn't mind being in the Big 12, and it's even willing to go to the Dallas Morning News to let the world know.
SMU officials said the school’s future lies in joining a BCS conference, heightening a public stance on their desire to rejoin big-time college athletics during a meeting Wednesday with The Dallas Morning News editorial board.Now, SMU isn't going Big 12 or bust. While the school says the Big 12 makes the most sense, they'd be willing to go elsewhere like TCU did in joining the Big East. Of course, the big question is, would a BCS conference want SMU?
“We are pushing for it,” SMU president R. Gerald Turner said. “We want the city to know we’re pushing for it. We need as much help as possible, even from non-SMU alums. We believe it’s good for Dallas.”
While the benefits of joining a BCS conference would be clear — including a boost in prestige and TV money — SMU would need to be convincing to appeal to a BCS conference.
Some pros for the school would be that it seems to be back on the verge of respectability again under June Jones, and it is located in Dallas, a nice television market. A potential drawback could be SMU's stadium, which currently only seats 32,000. However, there are plans to expand that to 40,000, and while that's not typical of the stadium sizes seen in the SEC and Big Ten, it's not too terrible compared to other Big 12 schools.
Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium has a capacity of 50,000. It's also bigger than Robertson Stadium (32,000) that Houston, another school mentioned as a Big 12 replacement, currently plays in.