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OU president takes latest swing at Big 12’s future

September 2, 2011

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KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger comments on the uncertain future of the Big 12

KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger comments on the uncertain future of the Big 12 during halftime of KU's game against McNeese State on Sept. 3, 2011, at Memorial Stadium. Enlarge video

With everyone still exhaling from reaching a resolution on Texas A&M's decision to leave the Big 12, Oklahoma has entered the picture as the next school considering leaving the conference.

Strong statements from OU president David Boren on Friday night seem to have the Big 12 hanging on for dear life once again.

In the interview heard round the world, Boren said OU had been approached by several different conferences about the possibility of the Sooners joining and that the school would probably decide whether to stick with the Big 12 or leave for another conference sometime within the next three weeks.

It's been said all along that the Big 12 could survive — even with nine members — so long as OU and Texas remained committed. Texas has a million reasons to push for the long-term viability of the Big 12 but OU appears to at least be flirting with leaving.

NewsOK.com has posted the full transcript of Boren's interview.

One of Boren's most frightening quotes for Big 12 fans was this: “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. We are … there’s no school more active in the Big 12 more active than we are right now."

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