Conference realignment creating scheduling headaches for OU football

Because Oklahoma was already scheduled to play TCU in a non-conference game, the Sooners are having to find a replacement non-conference opponent. Now, if Missouri leaves the Big 12, the Sooners will have to find yet another opponent.
BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: October 22, 2011

Big 12 instability has caused many headaches for the remaining schools. But the biggest issue for Oklahoma is 2012 scheduling.

The addition of TCU means the Sooners will have to add a non-conference game. The potential loss of Missouri to the Southeastern Conference means the Sooners could have to find a second opponent to add, unless the Big 12 can scramble and replace Mizzou for the 2012 season.

“It's tough finding a game at this late date,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said before the OU-Texas Tech game Saturday night. “I've been making a lot of calls. It's not the prime time of year to be looking at a game for 2012.

“We're making a lot of calls. Last year at this time, I was receiving a lot of calls.”

Since the TCU game was scheduled for Fort Worth, Castiglione said that the Sooners would be willing to play a road game in 2012 as part of a home-and-home series. But with so many schools looking for games, and with so much conference instability, it could be hard to find two games.

Castiglione even tossed out the possibility of a home-and-home within the conference, and he was only half-joking.

“I don't think you could rule it out,” Castiglione said.

Castiglione, a member of the league's expansion committee, said there still was no consensus among Big 12 leaders on whether to have 10 or 12 schools in the league. He said that if Missouri leaves, the Big 12 might have to expand to 10, then later decide on the question of 12.

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