-- IRVING, Texas -- The Big 12 announced Tuesday that it has authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to begin exploring expansion candidates.
The Big 12 board of directors met in Irving, Texas, and deliberated on the merits of expansion, hearing presentations from two paid consultants on the issue.
Bowlsby is expected to begin contacting schools to gauge their interest in the Big 12 in the coming days.
"It's a forward step, a positive step," said Oklahoma president and board chair David Boren, who has been the most outspoken proponent for Big 12 expansion. "Not yet a decision. ... but it shows momentum on the board to consider [expansion] as a possibility."
Boren said expansion by both two and four schools will be on the table moving forward.