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Berry Tramel: No Big 12 expansion 'for a few years'

The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. You can join our Power Lunch Chats at 11 a.m. Monday-Friday on NewsOK.com/Sports.
by Berry Tramel Modified: September 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm •  Published: September 19, 2012

Snyder is the best. In this league or any other league. Everyone else, you can make a good case for in a lot of different ways. Paul Rhoads is excellent. Stoops and Brown have won big for a long time, which is not easy to do. Gundy and Patterson have built something special out of not great tradition. Briles is working toward that, though it's early.

With AEG now for sale, what does that do the NFL to L.A. movement?

There's no way it can help. No way. Do you realize we're coming up on 20 years without Los Angeles having the NFL? That's crazy. With all that said, I still think there is enough momentum in L.A. for the movement to continue. But you've got to have two things come together: a stadium plan — a real plan, with the money on the table and the land secured — and a franchise that wants to move.

Are the Oklahoma City Barons affected by the NHL lockout?

Yes. A bunch of young NHL players have been sent down to the AHL and are eligible to play. I'm told that anyone on their rookie contract is eligible to be sent down, so you'll see a bunch of young stars in the AHL this year, if the work stoppage continues.

Your thoughts on the Dallas/Seattle game? And what do you foresee for the Cowboys the rest of the season?

Bad spot for Dallas. Seattle has two good cornerbacks, which negate a Cowboy strength. Tough place in the schedule, too, with the Seahawks playing their home opener, after a tough Week 1 defeat that Seattle easily could have won. Plus Dallas coming off a statement game. This is the NFL. Wins are hard to come by. I expect Dallas to rebound nicely. I still think the Cowboys are a playoff team.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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