The Big 12 is looking to add 2 more schools, and Memphis is among several schools seeking to be added to the conference.
Memphis, Cincinnati, Central Florida, UConn and Houston from the American Athletic Conference are among the schools lobbying for Big 12 inclusion, along with BYU.
Memphians have joined the fight and want to make Memphis home to the Big 12. There is a twitter account and hashtag campaign going strong:
— MemphisTigerNetwork (@TigersMedia) May 6, 2016
University of Memphis president M. David Rudd sent a publication, Memphis Soul of a City, to University of Texas President Dr. Gregory Fenves in December, showcasing the University of Memphis as a possible Big 12 expansion candidate. The publication highlighted the city’s top Fortune 500 companies, the attributes of Memphis and the U of M, and the U of M’s recent athletic accomplishments.
Check out Memphis Soul of a City:
— Dr. M. David Rudd (@UofMemphisPres) May 2, 2016
Also check out this grassroots marketing campaign that has been created showing why the Big 12 should consider Memphis:
Memphis-based marketing folks (not affiliated w/ univ) have created pamphlet showing why Big 12 should consider UM: pic.twitter.com/X2kUEPh5xs
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) May 6, 2016