Big 12 mess provides more reasons for OU to poke the eyes of Texas

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 23, 2011 at 7:57 am •  Published: September 22, 2011

Boren said time didn't allow for presidents to address all the issues Thursday.

“We have stated we wanted other issues addressed,” Boren said. “Didn't have a long list. Four or five. They were either adopted or will be on the agenda.”

Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton will appoint a committee to work on those issues.

Who do you like in that cage fight? The Brady Bunch or DeLoss Dodds?

OU has lost its advantage. The Sooners are handcuffed – Boren's word, not mine – to the conference for at least six years. What's UT's incentive to start playing nice?

OSU president Burns Hargis said he believes Texas had a spirit of cooperation on the conference call.

“Texas is very committed to the conference,” Hargis said. “I feel like they were extremely cooperative and committed to developing stability.”

How about developing a heart?

This is not a slam on the revived Big 12. Clearly, a solid Big 12 is the best option for all nine schools involved, especially if OU's alternative was a Pac-14. That would have been a disaster for the Sooners or the Pac.

Pac-16 yes. Pac-14 no. A scheduling nightmare. OU and OSU would have played four conference games a year outside the Central Time Zone. Makes no sense.

Texas wouldn't go to the Pac, so OU had to stay, too. Boren's bid to make Bevo bow failed. Texas will make concessions on revenue sharing, because the 'Horns print money. And Texas doesn't care who's in the commissioner's office; this league doesn't empower its leader, no matter who he is.

But The Longhorn Network is a little more sacred to the Austintatious crowd. Dodds loves BevoTV the way Mack Brown loves Garrett Gilbert. Texas will back down on Longhorn Network issues only after a fight, and now OU has dropped its weapon.

To the batpole, Bobby Stoops.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.


by Berry Tramel
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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...
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