Berry Tramel: Conference realignment could mean dilemma for Mike Stoops

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm •  Published: June 7, 2010

A Pac-16 draws ever nearer — a looming deadline to save the Big 12; Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott granted authority Sunday to expand his conference — and out in the desert, Mike Stoops thinks it's just swell.

Provided his one request is granted.

"As long as I don't have to play Oklahoma and Texas every year, I'll be all right,” the Arizona football coach said.

LOL. Most every Pac-16 scenario has the Arizona schools shifting into a division with the exiting Big Six. Which means annual dates for the UofA with the Sooners and Longhorns.

Bob Stoops has shown disdain for possible Brothers Stoops Matchups. But the crimson that bothers Mike Stoops about an OU-Arizona meeting isn't the shared blood, it's the uniform.

"I don't think anyone gets excited about playing Oklahoma,” Mike Stoops said during a Sunday chat.

Stoops said he didn't know much about the proposed expansion but has been briefed by his athletic director, Greg Byrne.

"Nobody's asked me,” Stoops said. "We play the schedule that's put in front of us.”

But Stoops' overall impression of the proposed Pac-16? Great for the Pac-10, uh, get back to him on Arizona.

"Some aspects, it's exciting,” Stoops said. "Others, it's very difficult. You're adding two teams out of the top five, top 10. That's going to be tough.

"You have to make some serious adjustments to compete on that level.”

By that standard, Stoops said the Big Six will be better for 'Zona than 'Zona will be for the Big Six.

"I don't know that you can get better facilities than what they've got at Oklahoma or Texas or Oklahoma State,” Stoops said.

"You'd like to be on an even playing field. Certainly we're trying to get there. It's going to have to motivate us within our own university. We can benefit more than they can.”

Scott, hired a year ago to commish the Pac-10, has invigorated the conference.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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