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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: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 4:50 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

And suddenly Texas learns the Big 12 is not its personal little playground. The Sooners just seized the reins are going to leave. You don't say you're going to explore options if you aren't serious about leaving. Here's a guess, the Sooners are trying to figure out who is going where and if 16, not 14 is the number in play. It is also a ploy to get Texas some time to think about its LHN that's caused so much trouble recently. The Longhorns wise up, they'll go with OU to the Pac. Otherwise it's Oklahoma chasing either more football prestige (SEC) or academic prestige (Big Ten/Pac 12) and Texas getting left out in the cold as an independent. Last year Texas held all the cards now the tables have turned.

Since: May 10, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 4:33 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

I get the sneaking feeling that OU, OSU, Kansas, and Kansas State are going to be invited in the PAC12...    Rea
lly, Texas Tech is not high priority asset in the Conference musical chairs game and you kinda have to take them if you take Texas.     
;Texas might have a little too much Drama sauce.    Besides, with OU and Kansas, you can still be in the DFW Market and KC Market which gets the PAC 12 into the coveted Central Time Zone.   

Iowa State and Missouri might end up in the B1G anyway.  Along with Syracuse and Notre Dame if ACC makes the play for PITT, Rutgers, UConn and WVA.
I think it might be the ultimate of ironies if Texas A&M holds the say so vote of letting Texas or Tech into the SEC.    Boy, ain't justice a b****... 

SEC might be able only to "net" TAMU in the big boys club.   


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 4:08 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Before you open that hole of yours Jcowpoke make sure you get your facts straight and make sure your from Texas then California beach bum. Really Burger King employes like Jcowpoke should not even say a word on the internet.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 4:00 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Welcome Oklahoma to the Pac-12 or the Pac-16 for that matter. Sorry Big 12 fans but your conference sucks and what every you like to say about how great your league is, is really being stupid like all you Big 12 fans really are.

Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 3:18 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

So now Oklahome has to play the "best interest of Oklahoma" card. What a bunch of whiners!!! There is nothing wrong about the current big12 set-up(except name). 10 Teams is the perfect number. College Football is getting stupid with all this conference shifting. I think most fans only like it because they can babble about Super Conferences and why their team should join some other conference, or who is better and deserves to go to another conference...something to talk about,that's it......I would like to see the Big 12 become the NEW SWC though.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 3:03 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

I think OU will leave the Big 12. There is only one conference that makes any sense for the Sooners - The SEC. Looking back, the Big 12 made a huge mistake when the eliminated the OU - NEB rivalry.
I disagree for the very reason you cited, if OU is going to leave the B12, why would they want to go away from Nebraska then?  I think OU is hoping for the B10 to look their way and would jump in a New York minute.  Why go to the SEC where they are going to stand in line with the past 4 champions when they can go and join Nebraska in the top 3 of the conference.  Plus historically, the B12 and B10 have been about equal and the SEC better, so from a potential for winning standpoint, the B10 makes more sense. 

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 2:22 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

No one has mention this so I guess I will, Oklahoma should take their toys along with OSU,TTech,KU, KSU to the mountain west to make 12 team confrence. They can strong arm the confrence for own network deals. They can still realistically go to BCS game since OU will always be ranked top 10 (pre season). When the BCS contract expires in 2014. The MWC might have a better arguement then the ACC or Big East to get an automatic confrence BCS game. Texas will go independent. Baylor,mizzo, and Iowa st can join Big East to make that an even 12 team confrence. Everyone is happy.

Since: Sep 19, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 2:15 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Like anyone watches Arizona football, yea right, you guys are at the bottom of the toilet bowl. Ya'll are still so pissed from the TEXAS ASS KICKING ya'll got in the Holiday bowl, remember that? so before you open your hole, check your facts- TEXAS IS THE TOP MERCHANDISING SCHOOL IN THE NATION! ARIZONA SCHOOLS ARE LIKE THE BOTTOM TIER, RIGHT BEHIND MONTANA U. THE CANCER IS YOUR STUPIDITY, YOU ZONA BUFFON!

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:41 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

This is just retarded.  You might want to take a longer perspective on things.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:33 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Is this really a shock?  As one of the top teams in the country over the past several years, what conference wouldn't be interested in Oklahoma. 

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