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With the return of the return of a football championship game, what's the next move for the Big 12 Conference?

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Now that the Big 12 Conference has announced the return of the Big 12 football championship game, many people are wondering what that really means for the future of the conference.

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News Of Note

Football:

The deepest part of West Virginia's veteran offense is without one experienced player. Amanii Brown, a rising redshirt sophomore on the offensive line, has decided to leave the team, a Mountaineers spokesperson said. WVU will proceed with 14 offensive linemen on scholarship, including six who started at least one game season.

Basketball:

Former West Virginia forward John Flowers was back in town over the weekend for Bob Huggins' Fantasy Camp. Flowers continues to add former players for the Mountaineers' second alumni reunion game.

West Virginia Athletics:

West Virginia University golfer Jon Ransone will compete in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ohio, today as he looks to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Open.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Now that the Big 12 Conference has announced the return of the Big 12 football championship game, many people are wondering what that really means for the future of the conference. How will the Big 12 divide the existing ten teams into two divisions? When 2017 rolls around, will the Big 12 even be a still be a 10-team conference?

Expansion is still in play for the Big 12, who has suddenly found itself in a position of power. The league added a championship game at the same time it announced record revenue distribution ($30.4 million per team). But it also suddenly holds the near-term outlook of Fox, ESPN and the Big Ten in its hands.

With all the controversy surrounding Baylor, should the Big 12 Conference look at the possibility of evicting Baylor from the league? Our friends over at Rock Chalk Talk made the argument that the Bears should lose their spot at the table.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the TCU Horned Frogs have advanced to the Super Regionals in the NCAA College Baseball World Series, while the Texas Tech Red Raiders are left battling Dallas Baptist to claim their spot. Oklahoma State routed the Clemson Tigers to advance, and the Horned Frogs crushed the Arizona State Sun Devilsto move on.

Around The NCAA:

ESPN College GameDay will open the season at Lambeau Field for the showdown between the LSU Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers on September 3rd.

Duke's consistency under David Cutcliffe has been remarkable, and it appears depth and upside will be even stronger in the coming years. But 2016 could be a transition year before another rise in 2017 or 2018.

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