09:51 AM ET 01.19 | Well, the Big 12 seemingly holds the keys to further conference realignment as it did before it swung and missed on landing Notre Dame. While commissioner Bob Bowlsby had maintained that the league was happy at 10 members, being aware of dominoes falling elsewhere is imperative for any major conference. "We could be proactive [in conference alignment], I think," Bowlsby told reporters at the NCAA Convention in Texas on Wednesday. "We continue to watch the landscape. Until we're persuaded that larger is better, we feel pretty good about right where we are. If you get bigger, do you have to get to 16? Can you get all the benefits at 14? 12? I just think there is a real shortage of empirical evidence to guide our decisions." The major issue for the league is determining whether adding schools would actually help the league financially, giving each member school at least equal to what the league receives now or even more money. But in this current landscape, being proactive rather than reactive is crucial even if it doesn't provide immediate financial benefits.