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OU pres says school is exploring options

September 3, 2011

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— University of Oklahoma president David Boren says multiple conferences have shown interest in the Sooners recently and he expects to decide whether to leave the Big 12 or not within the next three weeks.Boren said Friday that Oklahoma is seeking stability in its conference relationship.

He said he was disappointed that Texas A&M announced this week they would seek to join another conference — the SEC — by next July and leave the Big 12 with nine members.

“Of course, we have some great partners in the existing Big 12. We have interest from other conferences and other universities.” Boren said.

Oklahoma was offered chances to join both the Pac-10 and the SEC last year but decided to stick with the Big 12.

Boren said he would feel better with a 12-team Big 12, but that, “I don’t think OU is going to be a wallflower when all is said and done.”

“There is no school in the Big 12 more active than we are right now,” Boren said.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 7 months ago

If academics and athletics are so intrinsically intertwined, why don't the KC Chiefs have a School of Pharmacy? Why don't the Royals have a Dept. of Chemistry?

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vuduchyld 2 years, 7 months ago

If you can't see many important ways in which they are linked, you aren't trying very hard.

Even leaving the big revenue-producing sports out of the discussion, what happens if we support fewer non-revenue sport scholarships?

Its fewer options for students and fewer ways to compete against R1 universities for the best and brightest.

KU is fighting lower enrollment. MU, KSU, JCCC are not. You can look at athletics and academics as tails and dogs, but I hope the leadership that matters understands the true nature of the relationship instead of relying on worn-out, non-applicable cliches.

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vuduchyld 2 years, 7 months ago

BIG uh oh...hope we've got some activity going, as well.

We had a pretty good run in football for a few of the Mangino years, but this is a terrible time to be one of the worst teams in any BCS conference.

If we get locked out of automatic qualifier conferences, it will obviously hurt the football team and the whole AD financially..probably significantly. Will DEFINITELY impact non-revenue sports and won't exactly help hoops. If anybody thinks this would not have a major impact on the University as a whole, you should think again.

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clorox 2 years, 7 months ago

Big 12 conference deadman walking.

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