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David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Posted on: September 2, 2011 8:03 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Like most days as of late, Friday hasn't been the best day for the Big 12. Earlier in the day Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said what many people are thinking by placing the blame for the conference's problems on commissioner Dan Beebe, and on Friday evening Oklahoma president David Boren didn't do much to douse the fire of Oklahoma possibly leaving the Big 12 for another conference.

Boren talked to The Oklahoman's Travis Haney, and basically said that he has no idea what the future of the Big 12 or Oklahoma holds.

“It’s too early yet to know exactly what the outcome will be," said Boren. "Our main responsibility will be protecting the interest of the University of Oklahoma, do what’s in the best long-term interest of the university and our athletics department and the fans. That’s what we’ll attempt to do to. Beyond that, while we haven’t been saying much publicly – frankly, on purpose, because we’re at the sensitive point of discussions among schools. Too much said in public reduces success of our goals rather than enhances it.

“We have to study the best options for ourselves and not lock ourselves into a course of action until we know what’s best for the university. We’re heavily involved. I don’t know how long it will be before clarity comes to us. My experience is that, in these kinds of things, it might be a matter of 72 hours, it might be a matter of two weeks. I don’t really think this is something that’s going to linger on beyond two or three weeks, from the outside. This has been consuming my life the last few days. It’s a fascinating challenge. We’re just in the search for what’s best for the university."

Doren also went on to say that other conferences are interested in Oklahoma, though he did not say anything about Oklahoma being contacted by anyone. He also said that Oklahoma is exploring all its options.

“At this point in time, I’ll be very honest with you in saying I do not know with certainty, or perhaps even can’t hazard a totally intelligent guess as to what our final decision will be. But we are carefully looking over all the options."

It's been speculated in recent days that one of those options would be the Pac-12 as it is considering becoming the Pac-16 by adding Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech. Of course, the SEC has been rumored to be interested in Oklahoma before as well, though I'm not sure the Sooners would make that move without Oklahoma State. Which means the SEC would then have to add a 16th school.

Of course, as Doren said, nobody can be sure what's going to happen in the Big 12 over the coming days, weeks and months. But it's somewhat hard to deny that dark clouds seem to be forming overhead. 

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:00 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Beebe is a fool and a failure.  You'd have thought last year would've been his wake up call to do something to keep the conference intact.  As a Sooner fan, I've been utterly disappointed in his lack of leadership on several issues . . . many not even involving OU, but other Big XII teams.  I hope he ends up working in a mail room somewhere when all of the dust settles.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:59 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Here's the easiest way to look at it.   Everybody would love Oklahoma.  It's a brand name, w/great history and great selling power. 

Now that Texas A&M has announced it is leaving, that means the SEC is desperate for a second team to add with them.  Unfortunately, due to poitics being what they are---Taking Oklahoma means taking Oklahoma State.  which still leaves the SEC desperate for a team to make an even number.  The SEC wants TX A&M-- they offer lots of advantages at little risk;  they won't be able to dominate the conference.  They'll  be like Michigan State is in the Big 10.  Dangerous every few years, mostly just a middle of the pack team.  Oklahoma is more problematic.  They CAN dominate, and they CAN cause issues within the SEC.  Plus being an "outlier" school with OK State is an issue.  Logically, the additional 16th team is an issue that can be surmounted, yet causes more problems than it is worth.  So--Oklahoma (and by extension OK ST) a NO GO for the SEC.

The Big 10 with Nebraska now makes a little sense.   The Rivalry w/Neb can be restored, yet other than that...umm... not so much.  OK/OK ST are NOT AAU members (of course, neither is Nebraska now after being tossed out this summer.)  Having said that,  I don't see the B10 Presidents abandoning their "academic background check".  Logically,   Oklahoma/OK ST to the Big 10 isn't happening.

The PAC 12 is the best landing spot for Oklahoma/Ok State.  No one wants to be the  guy who destroys college football.  Every conference  wants to be "incremental" so they can lie to themselves and their fans that "hey-- we just added "X"; we didn't cause the armageddon of college football." OK/OK ST fit in a measured stepping stone to the PAC 12.  From OK's perspective, they step in and are a dominant force  right away.  There aren't as many good programs in the PAC 12 as there are in the SEC/Big 10 so they can lead from day one.  They fit gepgraphivcally, and with a conference as academically diverse as the PAC 12  (From AMAZING schools to flat out duds)-- they are a perfect fit-- at least compared the SEC where other than FL and Vandy (and possibly UGA)--they don't really care about academics as a conference, or the Big 10, where academics are a major issue.  (via the CIC--the Committee on institutional Cooperation; basically the B10's original reaseon for getting together...)

So if it happens-- I'm betting on the PAC 12-14-16 being Oklahoma's landing spot.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:58 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

martymav1, if you really believe that there was never a rivalry between Nebraska and Oklahoma you have zero knowledge of college football history.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:56 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Sorry DJac, but I disagree.  No conference would take Texas so long as Texas has it's own TV deal in place.  Let's face it.  Colleges (and conferences) are all about making lots of money and anyone who gets in the way of doing that simply isn't welcome.  I won't be surprised to see the Big 12 basically become a team of one (Texas) plus eleven "Little Sisters of the Poor" conference with all of the other schools of any consequence jumping ship and either joining expanded other conferences and/or forming another conference altogether and excluding Texas.  Texas made it's own lumpy bed and they're going to eventually be wishing they hadn't.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:54 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Here's a stoopid thought. Texas and Notre Dame could just play each other 7-8 times a year, the rest of their schedule could be cake teams. Total war between Austin and South Bend. It never stops. Two teams enter and neither one leaves. The networks would merge and also start showing UFC and WWE to fill the the moments between breathless 'behind the scenes' exposes about the assistant running backs coaches from each team entering bass fishing tournaments in the off-season. Why not?

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:50 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

you must be a Nebraska fan because everyone I know that went to the University of Texas at Oklahoma does not nor never did consider Nebraska a rival their rivalary and I quote is "Texas".  Nebraska was just a conference game.

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:42 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

I couldn't be happier.  Dan "Barney Fife" Beebe will finally be employeed officailly by the LongHorn he has had his head pugged up for so long, now that he has destroyed this conference.

New Big 10 conference:


Oklahoma St.
Iowa St.
Kansas St.


Penn St
Ohio St.
Michigan St.

"I'm not saying, I'm just saying"

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:36 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

I wish the Big 12 would just break up already. Get it over with, Texas goes indy (that is espn's LTN plan anyway) OU, Ok St, TT & Kan to Pac 16, A&M and Mizzu (along with VT & NC State) to SEC and Baylor, K State & Iowa St can go to whomever will take them. The talk of adding non AQ's is foolish, we're heading toward 16 team superconferences and some of the AQ teams now will likely be left behind when the realignment rapture comes. My prediction has Duke, UNC, Maryland & Rutgers or BC going Big 10 and the 15 remaining Big East/Acc teams pick up maybe Baylor as the 16th? Ames Iowa and Manhatten Kansas are soon to be considered both "Mountainous" and "Western" in geography. 

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:04 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

The B1G is more than about football, it's about academics and research. That's why it has existed for 100 years. The Oklahoma and Kansas schools just don't measure up!

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 8:56 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Cluster, you are correct! The main problem shared by both Texas and Notre Dame is the network affiliation to their own personal TV deals. The Longhorn Network, please, why the Big 12 didn't form their own network is beyond me. The fact that they didn't is now leading to the demise of their conference. Yes Texas is a very attractive addition to any conference, but the problem of their network cash cow and what to do with it would preclude them going to another conference. I only see Texas as an independent if the Big 12 dissolves. As to Notre Dame they already have their own network, NBC ( Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation). Neither of these two schools would be willing to give up the money, which I understand completely. Unfortunately for the Big 12 it has caused the defection of three schools to date, we will have to wait and see how this number grows.

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