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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: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:20 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Being a Big Ten fan.  I would love to see OU come in.  Bring OSU with them giving the conference 14.  It would bring back the every year game with Nebraska and give the conference another traditional power.

I guess the other thing that could be done is that maybe everyone gets together in the Big 12 and kick Texas out if they are the big problem and or form a new conf. and leave them out to dry.  From a lot of posts I have read from Texas fans they think and or would prefer to be Independant.  Get rid of Texas and add a couple of teams to fill out the conf. to have a playoff.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:14 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Let's get real here I know the east coast bias crap is out the window. Cal has been down that last couple of years, Ucla has been down for about 10 years, Stanford will be on the way down once Luck is gone. Let's talk USC they aren't going anywhere as long as another professional team doesn't move to LA. I lived out here in the LA area for ten years, and without a doubt the PAC 12 is Oregon and USC. If you want a chance at BCS championship one of those two teams are your best bet. Too bad USC has to wait a year to go Bowling.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:13 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Who's "Doren"? Do they even know the name of their sources?

This is really nothing new. OU is wanted by several conferences, as well it ought to be, and there's no reason OU ought not to keep their options open. But they have infered several times that they won't be interested in any offer where they aren't included in the same conference with either Texas or Oklahoma St., preferably both.

Texas, meanwhile, is not about to join the Pac-12 or the Big 10 if it means dividing up all the Longhorn Network money with other conference schools so either a) OU hangs with UT and holds the Big XII and shrinking together, b) OU and Texas become independents with their own tv deals or c) OU and OSU head off for another conference and let the Big XII collapse.

It's really their call at this point but I believe they are staying put.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:09 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

P.S. Washington is a darned fine school too.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:07 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Hats off to Stanford, Cal, and USC. Great academic schools. Northwestern and Michigan are the best conpetition form the Big Ten, but the Big Ten has no weak schools academically and the Pac 12 does.

Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:06 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. We all know that when the Big 12 began, NEB was up and OU was down.
We also know OU was too big to stay down forever. If they would have kept that rivalry in place, NEB probally would not have left.
One of the main reasons the SEC remains the best football conference year in/year out is that they have kept their rivalries:
LSU - FLA, AUB - GA, ALA - TENN. If OU makes the jump to the SEC, think about OU - ALA, OU - LSU, OU - FLA, OU - AUB, you get the picture!!!

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:53 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

I think if the Big 12 gets dismantled, Acc, Big 10, SEC, and Pac 12 should all align into 16 team conferences, then you have a playoff of the four conference champions to determine the national champion.

Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:46 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

And where are the Texas fans....." but WE decide things....WE are in charge....WE have a network....WE have money" I LOVE the fact they have alienated everyone and OU will do what they want

Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:41 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

It's amazing how many people use academics as an argument....ok, OU isn't Stanford but it's better than half of the old PAC 10... OU is ranked higher than the OR schools, the AZ schools and WSU......

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:41 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Since when has academics ever come into the picture when making decisions regarding college athletics? That being said,Oklahoma University are not on par with Stanford and Cal but they would easily be mid pack in the PAC whatever it is. Everything being equal,OU could be top. As for media market, the draw of the name trumps all those arguments. When your top 5 every year everyone watches. Top 4 program in college football history will bring in the viewers. Sooner Nation is huge and they love to see OU win and 25 times that number of people love to see OU loose....that means,oh 75% of all football fans will watch a #1 OU play whoever just for the off chance we piss down our legs and get upset. The PAC 10-18 or whatever should be kissing our ass. Oh yeah, if you like driving those gas guzzling SUV's and having your power on, thank one of the best Schools of Geology in world for training people to find all that petroleum and perfecting the methods of getting to market

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