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Healing, not expansion, begins for Big 12

Tech AD Kirby Hocutt Tech AD Kirby Hocutt

Another summer of conference realignment splintered relations among the remaining nine Big 12 members. Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt believes now is the time for healing those alliances.

"It's a disappointment we find ourselves here again," Hocutt told reporters Thursday afternoon. "We've got to rebuild the trust, we've been through a very difficult process over the last month."

Trust is the first item on the agenda for the remaining conference members after two(and presumably, a third to come) former Big 12 schools have moved to other conferences in the past 14 months. However, there are bright spots to be had amongst the realignment debacle.

"We are generating more revenue ever as a league, our geographical footprint is strong as any conference in this country...and our product, arguably, is as strong or stronger than ever," said the first year Tech AD.

Expansion is a different subject.

"I think we'd be remiss if we got too far ahead of ourselves right now and talked about growth until [the Big 12 and its members] have our own house in order," said Hocutt. "I think ten [member institutions] is probably the right number , but I think we've got to take our time and be strategic, as we see what's best for us as a league."

With the resignation of Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe, the league will look to appoint someone in the coming days to lead the conference through(what seems to continue to be) an ever-changing landscape in collegiate athletics; and, of course, heal past wounds.

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