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Conference realignment: Big 12 shuffle could benefit OKC

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 7, 2010 at 11:53 am •  Published: June 6, 2010
The Big 12 basketball tournament isn't coming back to Oklahoma City through at least 2014. But who knows if there will be a Big 12 Conference in 2014? And could Oklahoma City host a different conference tournament by 2014?

That question seems legit after a tumultuous week in the Big 12. Unity and stability did not materialize during Big 12 meetings, then reports surfaced that the Oklahoma schools and four others would be invited to join the Pac-10. Finally, the Big 12 awarded future championship sites, and Kansas City was designated as the long-term (five years and counting) home of the hoops tournament.

Should the six Big 12 teams — Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Colorado — leave to join the Pac-10, would Oklahoma City's All Sports Association bid on the new grouping's basketball tournament?

"That's all speculation,” said All Sports executive director Tim Brassfield. "We will certainly respond if that scenario did play out. We'd be aggressive to host that.”

The Pac-10 has staged a conference basketball tournament only since 2002, always in Los Angeles' Staples Center, and the tournament never has been a rousing success.

Some Pac-10 coaches have campaigned to rotate the tournament, and Oklahoma City, with its success hosting the 2007 and 2009 tournaments, would seem a natural to be in the loop.

Certainly Oklahoma City would seem to have a stronger standing for basketball in the proposed new league than it does in the Big 12.

by Berry Tramel
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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