NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma stated its commitment to the Big 12 Conference Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an OU source said it would remain in the conference only with major concessions.
An OU source told The Oklahoman Tuesday that the Big 12 would need to remove commissioner Dan Beebe and gain concessions from Texas on the Longhorn Network if the Sooners were to remain in the league. OU president David Boren stated the university's commitment to the Big 12 late Tuesday minutes after Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced his conference would not expand.
“I'm in full support of President Boren's announced decision for OU to remain in the Big 12,” said Joe Castiglione, Oklahoma's athletic director, in a statement Wednesday. “The reforms which he has been discussing with the presidents in the conference are very important to the future stability and strength of the Big 12 Conference.”
In the statement, OU football coach Bob Stoops said, “I'm very pleased that we're staying in the Big 12 Conference and appreciate the opportunity to work very closely with President Boren throughout the decision-making process.”