Even though the NCAA has decided to allow conferences with less than the previously required 12 teams to hold their own conference championship games, Oklahoma president David Boren is again proposing expansion for the conference, among other things.
The presidents of Big 12 schools will meet next month, where Boren is expected to put forth his ideas. Among them is adding two new schools to bring them to 12 members, collapsing the Longhorn Network and other media outlets and instead combine them for a conference wide network, and of course, implement a title game.
He told John Hoover of the Tulsa World that, “[t]here are three or four other [Big 12] schools, in particular, that … feel as strongly as I do about,” among other things, expanding the league.
Potential additions being thrown around are BYU, Boise State, UCF, Cincinnati, Houston and Memphis.
Boren also lamented missing out on Louisville the last time the conference opened up for expansion.
“You know, I was for adding Louisville (when the Big 12 instead added West Virginia and TCU in 2012),” he said. “I obviously did not prevail, and they have now gone into another conference and they’re not available now. But they’d have been a good fit.
“… Boy, I was very frustrated, for example, that we let Louisville get away and we let other schools get away. We had opportunities at one time several years ago before all these schools gave up their rights, their legal rights and their financial rights, we had a real opportunity, I think back then, to even snag some of the bigger-name programs in the country, and we let the opportunity pass us by — in spite of some of us expressing our frustrations.”
Boren also vaguely alluded to the possibility that OU could leave the conference saying, “…We just need to wait and see what develops. Certainly, my first choice, if we can get the right things done in the Big 12, the right steps taken, especially these three, then I think we ought to stay in the Big 12. If it just doesn’t happen, then I try to think long-term.”
OU’s president is definitely pushing for something to be done, for the Big 12’s benefit and in turn his university’s benefit. If the Big 12 doesn’t come around quite how Boren would like, it could spell the end of the Big 12.
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