The Big 12 conference could be adding more members to its slate of 10 teams over the next year or so, but it doesn’t seem like everyone agrees with the decision to to expand. Oklahoma President David Boren is reportedly facing a lot of flack from the Board of Regents about the conference expansion.
Max Weitzenhoffer, chairman of the board at Oklahoma, told CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd that they don’t want to see the conference grow back out to 12 teams, or possibly even more. He also mentioned that he could prove that more of the board members back him in opposing the expansion.
“I can tell you I’m not alone,” Weitzenhoffer said.
He said that Oklahoma City Thunder chairman Clay Bennett is completely against expansion as well.
“One-hundred percent [with] what we’ve been talking about,” Weitzenhoffer said of Bennett’s stance. “We just want to let him [Boren] know, we don’t like it.
“If it goes forward, it may get to the point where we may not be able to stop it.”
Despite David Boren’s powerful influence on the expansion discussion, the Board of Regents will likely have the final say in this heated battle between the two sides.
“The simple reality is that the board is the boss of the University of Oklahoma,” Gerald Gurney, an OU assistant professor and former senior associate athletic director for academics said. “It is the official governing body of the University of Oklahoma.”
Oklahoma is one of the premiere schools in the Big 12, so they could have a big effect on what happens with expansion in the coming months.