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Wed Jul 20, 2016, 05:50 AM

Big 12 decision means moment of truth for Memphis

It's here, ladies and gentlemen. The moment of truth for University of Memphis sports is upon us.

As early as next year at this time, Memphis football coach Mike Norvell could be preparing for his first season in the Big 12. The Memphis football schedule could include games against Oklahoma and Texas. The Memphis basketball schedule could include games against Kansas and West Virginia. Memphis president David Rudd could be planning a future that includes annual checks from the Big 12 conference worth in excess of $30 million.

All that is possible now. All that is no longer a fantasy.

University of Oklahoma president David Boren announced Tuesday that the Big 12 has directed commissioner Bob Bowlsby to reach out to expansion candidates who could join the conference as early as the 2017-18 season.

Read more: http://www.commercialappeal.com/columnists/geoff-calkins/big-12-decision-means-moment-of-truth-for-memphis-3805079d-eca0-5f2a-e053-0100007f3608-387544551.html

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