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OU regents to discuss conference realignment Monday

The Board of Regents for the University of Oklahoma will be discussing conference realignment at its Monday meeting in Tulsa.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, Published: September 15, 2011

The University of Oklahoma's Board of Regents will at least discuss conference realignment at a regularly scheduled meeting Monday afternoon in Tulsa.

The board made that known Thursday when its agenda was made publicly available, required by open records laws.

The penultimate item on the entire schedule — which includes myriad matters concerning OU, Rogers State and Cameron University — is simply called “Conference Alignment.”

An asterisk accompanies the item, noting that the board could go into executive session to talk about OU's athletic future. It likely would do that, to prevent the presence of reporters for the discussion.

The unabridged agenda later says the board “will discuss potential legal ramifications of athletic conference realignment options.” It says the members will “consider new athletic conference membership.”

Finally, it says they will “take any appropriate action.”

The Big 12 and, in a sense, the rest of the college football world has been in a holding pattern for the past week or so, waiting for someone to make the next move in this conference chess game. Texas A&M made the first this summer, saying it would withdraw from the Big 12 if it found another conference partner.

The SEC was presumed all along to be that partner, and it moved forward to bring in the Aggies' as the conference's 13th member. After initially signing off on the decision, a few Big 12 schools – Baylor, in particular - made it known they would not waive their rights to legal action of Texas A&M's move led to the fall of the Big 12. That stalled the move becoming official, because of the SEC's hesitancy to welcome Texas A&M with a legal cloud hanging over it.

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