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Report: Oklahoma focused on the Pac-12

Posted on: September 3, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 5:55 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Friday Oklahoma president David Boren was very open about the fact that Oklahoma was exploring all its options when it comes to its conference alignment. On Saturday afternoon Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis released a statement basically saying that Oklahoma State is going to do whatever Oklahoma decides to do.

Well, according to a report in The Oklahoman, that would be joining the Pac-12.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott was in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday night for the Oregon-LSU game.

Prime opportunity for OU officials to meet with the head of the conference they are considering joining. But an OU source said Saturday there were no plans for Scott to meet with the Sooners.

Not because something has gone wrong, but because something went right.

“I don't think anybody needs to go” meet with Scott, the source said, indicating the Pac-12 has become the Sooners' sole focus.
That makes it sound like Oklahoma isn't exactly worried about trying to keep the Big 12 together at this point, does it?

It's been reported that if the Pac-12 does expand again, it'd like to go to 16 teams with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech being those four schools. While the Texas schools haven't been very vocal about any plans on leaving the Big 12 for the Pac-12, that's obviously not the case with the Oklahoma schools.

In the same report a "highly-placed" Oklahoma State source said that the Pac-12 is "probably the way it's going to go. OU and OSU have to stick together."

Oklahoma opens its season against Tulsa in Norman on Saturday night.
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