Oklahoma says it is committed to the Big 12.
Following Tuesday’s statement from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott about his conference deciding to remain at 12 schools and not expand, Oklahoma is talking about staying in a stabilized Big 12.
Oklahoma President David Boren issued a response to Scott’s statement on Tuesday night. Boren said in his response that Oklahoma decided not to apply for membership this year and was not surprised that the Pac-12 opted not to expand at this time. Boren also mentioned changes in the Big 12 that would bring stability for the future. Boren went on to say that conference stability has been Oklahoma’s main goal and the school hopes to achieve that through continued membership.
Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman details the changes Oklahoma is looking for in this story.
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione released the following statement on Wednesday:
“I’m in full support of President Boren’s announced decision for OU to remain in the Big 12. The reforms which he has been discussing with the presidents in the conference are very important to the future stability and strength of the Big 12 Conference.”
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops also released a statement on Wednesday supporting Boren.
“I’m very pleased that we’re staying in the Big 12 Conference and appreciate the opportunity to work very closely with President Boren throughout the decision-making process.”
The Big 12 appears to need time to work out its problems before there’s any indication about the future of the conference. If the conference stays together, the Big 12 will also need to determine which team or teams it will add. Texas A&M is going to the SEC, leaving the Big 12 with just nine teams. It’s hard to imagine the Big 12 would not want to get back to 12 teams at some point, split back into divisions and again hold a title game.