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OSU is focused on remaining in Big 12

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 8, 2011

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's president and its top athletic booster agreed Thursday — the school is focused on remaining in the Big 12.

The duo also said that it isn't a foregone conclusion that Texas A&M will leave the league for the Southeastern Conference.

“I think (the Big 12) can exist,” OSU president Burns Hargis told before Thursday's football win over Arizona.

“I don't think it's a fait accompli A&M is gone. Obviously the SEC had a string on their bid.”

Texas A&M announced that it was leaving the Big 12, and the SEC appeared ready to accept the Aggies. But Baylor president Ken Starr threatened to sue the SEC and its commissioner, Mike Slive, for tortious interference.

Meanwhile, there were reports Wednesday that the other eight Big 12 schools wouldn't sign off on Texas A&M's departure until Oklahoma stated its commitment to the Big 12.

Oklahoma State director of communications Gary Shutt refuted those reports Thursday.

“Speculative reports using unnamed sources implying Oklahoma State University would join others in a lawsuit against the SEC and Texas A&M were incorrect,” Shutt said in a statement.

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