Pac-12 decision: What does it mean for OU?
CAMPUS CORNER — Million(s)-dollar question tonight in Norman: What does the Pac-12 release saying it will not expand mean for OU?
Based on the sentiment floated this morning, does it mean the Big 12 was literally saved overnight, despite the pro-Pac/anti-Big 12 comments Monday from OU president David Boren?
Or, does it mean OU is left hanging by the Pac-12, believing it had a place to land and now learning it does not?
Either way, it’s a surprising development. The feeling from the very top in the Pac-12 was that commissioner Larry Scott would be able to convince that league’s presidents to vote in OU and OSU (and, maybe, later Texas and Texas Tech) based on the idea of expanding leagues around the country. The fact Syracuse and Pitt left for the ACC over the weekend only made the argument more of a slam dunk, per sources familiar with the sides.
And now this. What an illustration in how fast these things change. When I went to bed last night, after midnight, my impression was the Pac-12 would be willing to take OU and OSU, on the premise I just mentioned. By the time I woke up, someone at OU was talking about saving the Big 12 and the demise of Dan Beebe‘s role as commish.
We’re in a search for clarity right now. At this late hour, wondering if it will come tonight. Or maybe when dawn breaks tomorrow.
For OU, this is either over – if the Big 12 has indeed been saved – or far from over.
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