Berry Tramel: Football scheduling a big mess with Big 12 membership uncertain

The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.
BERRY TRAMEL btramel@opubco.com Modified: January 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm •  Published: January 11, 2012
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The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.

On whether or not Joe DeForest will stay at OSU:

I've got to believe he'll stay. He has it good in Stillwater. While things look good in Morgantown, who knows how long-term Holgorsen is? And DeForest's great Houston recruiting ties are lessened if he's trying to kids to go to Appalachia. … It could be resume-building. It also could be leverage on OSU salary. One downside to paying your coach $3.7 million a year, his assistants suddenly wouldn't mind a nice little bump, too.

On when the OU football schedule for 2012 will be released:

OU will figure out a schedule soon after it knows what teams are in its conference. This is the biggest mess I can remember ever in college football scheduling. In the same calendar year, the Big 12 doesn't even know who's going to be in its conference. Leadership void.

On why the college football bowl system is favored by so many:

With the big bowls, the schools and conferences make a lot of money, and none of it is filtered through the NCAA. You go to a playoff, a real playoff, and suddenly the money is filtered through Indianapolis. That's a big difference. I also think the players are being considered. I think bowls are a reward for players, and I think decision-makers recognize that. It's basically a vacation for the players. Playoffs would mean less reward, more work.