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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 4, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:34 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

I wish all you idiotsin the PAC 12 would stop bringing up OUs academics as a reason to not have them join your conference. You do realize that OU is ranked HIGHER than five of your schools!?!?! Higher than your best football team Oregon, higher than OSU, higher than WSU, higher than ASU, than U of A?????? So please be honest, you are scared to get beaten year after year...don't sit on some high hill spouting incorrect info about academics

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:31 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Claymmore. I noticed how you left out Stanford, California, ucla and USC, which is heads and shoulders above any program the big 10 has to offer.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:27 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Nobody wants Texas. They are a cancer who is responsible for the fall of the big 12. The Oklahoma schools will go to the PAC and I would prefer to team Tex tech with A&M to make 16. A&M is probably already off to the sec though.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:23 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

OU goes to the SEC or the PAC 12, probably the SEC.
The Big Ten won't take them due to academic standards.
The PAC 10's academic standards are lower (Washington St, Oregon St. Oregon, Arizona St, Arizona, etc.)
SEC academic standards are non existant.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:15 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

UT got too greedy. When OU leaves, its official, Texas screwed the pooch with their MINE MINE MINE al MINE  TV deal.
! Nobody but Texas wants to play in the Texas and the 11 dwarfs conference.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:09 am

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

This is unbelievably too bad.  Baylor, KState, KU, Missouri will have to go to the outback to play football...wait, if OU and company leaves the big12, that's where they will have to go play.  Pac12...Seattle and Pullman, Washington.  Pasadena, CA and Eugene, OR. 

Maybe OU is wanting a deal like Texas from the Big12, their own

Sounds like OU is gone along with OSU, Texas and Tech. 

Sad day for college football but hey, we got used to teams moving up from D2 to D1.  We've gotten used to Boise State and TCU being in the top 10.  We've gotten used to the SEC dominating the last five national championships. 

I don't think OU will stay Big12 but I hope.

Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:44 pm

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Actually, it's in the top ten or so schools with major football programs. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandr


What school do you want to go to when you grow up, chevy?

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:14 pm

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

"I don't think OU will be accepted in the PAC 12 or Big 10 as their academics are not even close to the conference standards.  Their best bet would be to stay in the Big 12 or go to the SEC."

Oh yeah, Duhhohiostateuniversity is proof that there are high standards of academics in the Big10Undecided

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:02 pm

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

I agree!  Let's get OU to the Big East!  Don't think it will happen though.

Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:50 pm

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Who the hell is Doren?  I see the name Doren twice in this story.  Once, OK that might be a typo.  Twice?  TWICE?!?  Maybe this author should stick to other topics.  Big Twelve should stay!  Don't listen to Doren!

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