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Bob Stoops always thought Pac-12 'would come back up'

OU coach Bob Stoops says he always thought Pac-12 would resurface as option for Sooners.
By John Rohde Modified: September 5, 2011 at 11:09 am •  Published: September 5, 2011

"I did not think it (potential realignment) would come up again. I thought it was over for at least 10 years. I really haven't thought about it. People think that's not the case. We've got a hard schedule. We were told last year we could join any league in the country if it changed. We've been told we can go independent, so there's going to be something really good for Texas at the end of this, so I'm really in one of those positions where our school will be OK regardless of what happens, and that's not the case for everybody, so I'm very fortunate.

"We'll end up where we want to end up, and that's OK."

OSU coach Mike Gundy, who ended his career as the Big Eight's all-time leader in passing and total offense, prefers the status quo, particularly given the proximity.

"I would hope that our league could somehow stay together and survive," Gundy said. "I guess it doesn't look like that that is going to happen. Or maybe somebody could come in because I like the Big 12. I like this part of the country. I like the recruiting aspects of it. I'm not afraid to say that. I like the rivalries that we have in this league."

If OU, OSU, Texas and Texas Tech head to the Pac-12, the remaining Big 12 schools will have to fend for themselves.

"You can't afford to get caught up in the politics of what's taking place in our conference," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "That's for somebody else."

Last Friday, Baylor posted a 50-48 upset over Rose Bowl champion TCU, a school that's been mentioned as a possible replacement for Texas A&M.

Baylor coach Art Briles said he does not intend to talk to his players about potential realignment unless they ask, and none have.

"I have absolutely no control over what's happening," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "I'm just going to focus on our big game this week against Arizona State."

The Big 12 went 10-0 on opening weekend.

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