On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the University of Oklahoma and president David Boren were beginning to sour on the possibility of Big 12 expansion. That news, however, was a surprise to Boren.
After news of Oklahoma’s opposition surfaced, Boren released a statement to ESPN stating the university has not made up its mind on conference expansion.
“I do not know where the speculation came from,” Boren said, “but Oklahoma has not yet taken a position on expansion.”
A vote on Big 12 expansion is expected to come mid-October, but if the decision could ultimately be pushed to early 2017. Currently, there are 11 finalists remaining.
The 11 programs still in the mix are Cincinnati, Houston, SMU, Tulane, UCF, UConn, USF, Air Force, Colorado State, Rice and BYU.
Many believe Cincinnati, Houston and BYU are among the favorites to join the conference if expansion is approved.