The "America 12 Conference" is the favorite to become the new name of the current Big East Conference's football schools, league sources told ESPN.
Tulsa will join the soon-to-be-renamed Big East Conference in 2014, while East Carolina will be added as a full member, sources told ESPN.
If the Big East loses two more schools to conference realignment, the league's seven-year media rights deal can be terminated, industry sources told ESPN.
Big 12 coaches tabbed Texas to finish second in the league race, behind only Oklahoma and All-America center Courtney Paris, despite a slew of returning players among the conference's many existing powers.
2005 Conference tournament schedules