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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. 
Comments

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:39 pm
 

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

I hope the Big 12 stays put and they add the teams needed to build the conference back up.  That being said, if they were to leave, I hope they go to he SEC if they leave.  They would help the SEC and the SEC would help OU.  Better competition throughout the conference and facing better defenses.




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Pac 16?

They would look good with OK, Ok St, TTU, and BYU.  Texas wants everyone to kiss their bleeps.  The Pac 12, 16, or whatever does not kiss anyone's bleep.  Well, except the Rose Bowl...


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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:16 pm
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Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:06 pm
 

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

No, the downgrade would be to the Pac-12 to accept OU...



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:00 pm
 

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Come to the Big East we will give you half of every teams earnings exceot WestV since we are the most consistant team over the years being ranked...



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:38 pm
 

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Pac-10... was there a one-year slumber?



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:35 pm
 

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

yeah...poor media market....never have an NBA team in Oklahoma.....Oklahoma does not lead the Nation in several Academic  categories ...no way Oklahoma is good enough for Pac 10....like Colorado is....for years and years it has been the pac 2 and the also rans.....how many teams in the Pac 10, 12, 16 ....have 6 National Football Championships, personally I don't want Oklahoma to go to the Pac 10. I believe it would be a down grade.



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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:32 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:21 pm
 

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Yeah it's nothing compared to Wash St, Ore St, Ariz, Utah, etc. 



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:13 pm
 

David Boren: Oklahoma 'looking over all options'

Would love Oklahoma and Oklahoma St to come on over to the SEC but man what a brutal schedule that would be. Almost a safe bet one would not want to schedule anymore tough OOC games.


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