Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Oklahoma Board of Regents met on Monday afternoon and the conference affiliation of Oklahoma was one of the topics that was discussed. While there wasn't any earth-shattering news to come out of the meeting, Oklahoma at least seemed to take the next step in eventually moving from the Big 12 to the Pac 12.
The school has authorized President David Boren to take whatever action he deems necessary in deciding Oklahoma's future. Which doesn't exactly sound like the sort of thing a school that is planning to stick around in its current conference would do.
Especially when Boren himself said afterward that he is "prepared to take those actions" and that he's had "informal conversations with the Pac-12." Conversations that Boren described as "warm" and "constructive."
Sounds like a love connection to me.
While nothing is certain at this point, odds are that if Oklahoma does make the jump to the Pac-12, then it will be bringing Oklahoma State along with it. Which is why it's not much of a surprise to see that Oklahoma State's Board of Regents will meet on Wednesday to discuss conference affiliation as well.
Texas and Texas Tech have also been mentioned as possible schools to follow this 21st century version of manifest destiny, and Texas' Board of Regents also met on Monday to discuss conference affiliation.