Cincinnati, Houston, UCF to exit AAC for Big 12 in 2023 after settlement
The three schools and conference settled on an exit fee worth $18 million each, sources told Sam Khan Jr. and Justin Williams of The Athletic.
BYU, an independent in football, is also joining the Big 12 in 2023. As a result, the conference will consist of 14 teams until Oklahoma and Texas move to the SEC in 2025, barring an early exit with a settlement.
The deal Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF struck allows the AAC to welcome six Conference USA programs - Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB, and UTSA - on the same date.
The teams and the C-USA are expected to finalize a deal in the next few days, a source told Chris Vannini of The Athletic.