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Texas Admits Courting Notre Dame For Big 12

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (CBS SPORTS) - Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Tuesday that he is fine with 10 teams in the Big 12 conference, but also admitted the Big 12 has approached Notre Dame about joining the league. “I don’t think it needs to expand,” Dodds said. “It certainly can expand because there will be people that will want to be a part of it. That’s another good thing.”

Andy Haggard, FSU’s Board of Trustees chairman, said recently FSU needs to look into moving to the Big 12. Since then other ACC schools — Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech — have been speculated as possible Big 12 targets along with Louisville of the Big East. “We could expand to some number,” Dodds said. “You name the number — 12, 14, 16. We could expand but the question is ‘Do we need to expand?’ In my mind, 10 is perfect because you play everybody in football and there is a double-round-robin in basketball.”

One expansion target of the Big 12 remains Notre Dame. On Monday, Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey said that the Fighting Irish have “contingency plans” if they decide to leave the Big East.

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