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OU football: Players don’t follow realignment

by Berry Tramel Published: September 15, 2011

Bob Stoops says his players’ interest in the realignment craze is “close to zero.” And you know what? I believe him.

Oh, tell Tony Jefferson and Kenny Stills and Brennan Clay that OU could be moving to the Pac-12, and the San Diego trio’s ears perk up.

But generally, that kind of stuff doesn’t interest the players the way it interests us. They’re into other things.

In fact, I’ll try to do a poll. In the coming weeks, I’ll quiz some OU and OSU players and ask them some topical questions. Like…

Who is commissioner of the Big 12? I’ll bet less than 20 percent know.

Can you name all 10 teams in the Big 12? Most players will get it, unless you put a time limit on it. Make them tell you in 90 seconds, and I’ll bet it runs about 50-50. Iowa State will get them.

What is The Longhorn Network? I’ll say it’s about 65-35 that know about it.

Where does Texas A&M want to go? I’ll guess it’s about 60-40 that know the Aggies are SEC-bound.

Stoops said their lack of interest is “just because they have no hand in it.” I don’t agree. A whole lot of people have no hand in it, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t affected. OU and OSU staff, fans, media, heck, almost everyone in the state could be impacted by where the Sooners and Cowboys end up, and most people are interested, ranging from mildly to wildly. And they have no say in it at all.

Stoops said he’s had “very little” discussion with his staff about a possible conference change, but the OU administration has kept him abreast.

by Berry Tramel
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 Oklahoman,...
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