Boone Pickens needs to be ‘convinced on West Virginia'

Speaking at the Jim Thorpe Association's Leadership Luncheon, Oklahoma State booster Boone Pickens said he's still a little uncertain about adding West Virginia to the Big 12. Pickens also talked about his vision for Big 12 equality.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm •  Published: October 26, 2011
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The Oklahoma State megabooster is never short on opinions. Before speaking Wednesday at the Jim Thorpe Association's October Leadership Luncheon, Pickens dished on everything from conference realignment to Mike Gundy's salary.

Conference realignment is bubbling up again. You liked the addition of TCU to the Big 12. What about the possibility of West Virginia?

Well, I've got to be convinced on West Virginia. I haven't seen anything on the school. But TCU was easy. That was like coming home.

What are your concerns about West Virginia?

Morgantown … as I remember, you've got to fly into Pittsburgh and then drive a couple hours. That's pretty isolated.

You've always favored the Big 12. If it survives, does it matter what form it's in?

To me, you go out here to West Virginia, you're going to go a long way. I didn't like the Pac-10 for that reason. I feel like in the Pac-10, you're going to end up in an east division and end up playing the schools you played before. So why not just hold the Big 12 together? I still believe we can save the Big 12, but I say that Texas is going to have to look like the rest of us in the Big 12 instead of looking like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I don't like that. As long as there's a difference between what Texas has and what the rest of us have, it's going to be a problem every year until you finally go to an equal conference.

There's been talk of a conference television network. Would that be good for OSU?

Well, a conference network would offset the Longhorn Network. But the Sooners, I saw where they wanted to do their own network, so I don't know. I don't know how this thing's going to turn out. But as long as things are not the same, you're going to waste a lot of time talking about it, so just get the same contract for everybody. Everybody's equal. If you'd have had that, you wouldn't have lost the Aggies, you wouldn't have lost Nebraska and Colorado, and it looks like Missouri's going. It's because things are not equal.



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