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OSU: Focused on Big 12, won't speculate on Pac-12

Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:53 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 1:18 am
 

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis told CBSSports.com Thursday his school is focused on remaining in the Big 12. However, he would not speculate on the Cowboys’ future if Texas A&M leaves the league.

“I think [the Big 12] can exist,” Hargis said. “I don’t think it’s a fait accompli A&M is gone. Obviously the SEC had a string on their bid.”

Hargis said if Texas A&M leaves, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are “not necessarily” headed to the Pac-12. “That’s a hypothetical, but we want 10 teams [in the Big 12].”

What could push the Sooners and Cowboys to the Pac-12?

“At this point, we’re focused on the Big 12 going forward,” Hargis said before Oklahoma State’s game with, ironically, Pac-12 member Arizona. “I wouldn’t want to get into [the possibility of the Pac-12]. That’s a hypothetical and a hypothetical. It’s just not anything we’re real focused on right now.”

An Oklahoma State source told CBSSports.com that OSU would not sue Texas A&M or the SEC if Texas A&M left.

Since Texas A&M announced it was leaving the Big 12, Baylor President Ken Starr threatened to sue the SEC and Commissioner Mike Slive for tortious interference. The SEC released a statement before Starr's threat. It read in part:

“After receiving unanimous written assurance from the Big 12 on Sept. 2 that the Southeastern Conference was free to accept Texas A&M to join as a new member, the presidents and chancellors of the SEC met last night with the intention of accepting the application of Texas A&M to be the newest member of the SEC. We were notified [Tuesday] afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.”

Hargis said he didn’t believe the SEC thought the conference could waive the rights of the individual institutions.

“Only the regents can waive [legal] claims of the university,” Hargis said. “The conference can’t do it, the presidents can’t do it. I think as far as conference was concerned there was no intention to take any action.”

Hargis said he wasn’t aware of a timetable when this all gets resolved. Oklahoma President David Boren estimated it would take less than three weeks.

“We’d all like to resolve it that fast but I don’t know a timetable,” Hargis said. “There’s no big rush. Everyone has to work through and get their conditions on the table and move forward.

“We have 10 really good schools. We had a close call with A&M. All of us wanted them to stay. The only ones that didn’t want them to stay was A&M, which is kind of a critical point. But hopefully maybe this event will give everyone time to take a deep breath.”



Comments

Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:53 am
 

OSU: Focused on Big 12, won't speculate on Pac-12

Wow. You people can't get the thought of Disneyland out of your head. You want the Pac 12 so bad you don't care that the "OU's sole focus is the Pac 12" claim was a bogus report from Berry Tramel at the Daily Oklahoman.

Anyone who has actually been listening to the comments made by Boren, Hargis have known all along that the SEC is also interested. The Pac 12 is NOT OU's sole focus. OU could stay put. The Pac 12 also doesn't want to expand if they don't have to. Several schools in the Pac 12 are against expansion and likely to vote against it.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:50 am
 

OSU: Focused on Big 12, won't speculate on Pac-12

The Big 12 needs to hold emergency meetings and get this figured out before it comes in to league play and it's a big distraction.  They need to get all parties involved, all concerns brought up and all problems worked out.  If they don't do that quickly, this will spiral out of control soon.



Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:45 am
 

OSU: Focused on Big 12, won't speculate on Pac-12

The same things were said by the A&M brass before they left for the SEC. This is all just a smoke screen so that that the superconference affiliations can be worked out. Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas St and BYU to the PAC? Missouri, ND, Louiville and Pitt to the BIG? Texas A&M, Ok. St, Kansas and WVU to the SEC. Syracuse, Rutgers, UConn and USF to the ACC. All the left-overs will divide themselves into four mid major conferences. Big East, WAC, Conference USA and MEAC



Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:43 am
 

OSU: Focused on Big 12, won't speculate on Pac-12

The same things were said by the A&M brass before they left for the SEC. This is all just a smoke screen so that that the superconference affiliations can be worked out. Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas St and BYU&nb
sp;to PAC? Missouri, ND, Louiville and Pitt to the BIG? Texas A&M, Ok. St, Kansas and WVU to the SEC. Syracuse, Rutgers, UConn and USF to the ACC. All the left-overs will divide themselves into four mid major conferences. Big East, WAC, Conference USA and MEAC.




Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:41 am
 

OSU: Focused on Big 12, won't speculate on Pac-12

All you need to know is that Ken Starr is somehow president of any university. You can't even make that up how ridiculous this is. The only reason Baylor came along with the other Southwest Conference schools to merge with the the Big 8 was purely political. (see Ann Richards) Baylor; go away and let the real college football teams compete for a title and try to finish in the top half of Conference USA or the WAC.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:03 pm
 

OSU: Focused on Big 12, won't speculate on Pac-12

"Tortuous" interference...while apt I think you mean "tortious."


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