It's almost time.
July 1st the Big 12 (officially) welcomes TCU and West Virginia to the conference and says sayonara to Texas A&M and Missouri which means it must be time to start updated some marketing materials.
With less than two weeks until the league welcomes its first new members since the conference began competition in 1996, the league updated it's Facebook page on Monday with a new cover photo below letting it's 34,000+ fans know that change is here, if they needed any kind of reminder.
It was just a year ago when another new Big 12 arrived with the departures of Nebraska and Colorado and a 10 team league was born. Since then, Mizzou and Texas A&M also said their good byes and the league was left scrambling before West Virginia and TCU happily obliged to fill the void.
So are we going to be doing this again 12 months from now? No one knows the answer to that with rumors continuing to swirl the conference may once again become a 12 team league.
With today also being the first official day for new commissioner Bob Bowlsby and a solution to the upcoming playoff possibly on the horizon within the next couple weeks, we may know the answer to that sooner rather than later.
The entire #Big12 welcomes Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who begins his first "official" day on the job today!— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) June 18, 2012
Until then, we wait.
For now, however, the Big 12 will be focused on playing another year as a 10 team league and integrating two new members for the first time ever. Maybe this will be it for the Big 12 for a while, or maybe not. And if it's the later, the league should get some good practice making two new schools feel at home this season before they could have to do it again.