Conference realignment: Lawmakers could have impact

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: June 7, 2010 at 12:04 am •  Published: June 7, 2010
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Lawmakers could have impact
The effectiveness of Texas lawmakers could have some bearing in the University of Oklahoma's future out-of-conference scheduling.

What seems clear is that the Pac-10 is set to invite OU, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech to its conference.

What isn't clear is whether the sixth and final school will be Colorado or Baylor. Texas lawmakers are currently attempting to sneak Baylor onto the Pac-10 invite list ahead of Colorado.

If Baylor is invited, OU's scheduling ties to Texas (the Sooners' recruiting home away from home) would remain unfettered, in the event of Pac-10 expansion.

OU would still play five games every two years in the Lone Star State (Texas in Dallas twice, then A&M, Tech and Baylor on the road once).

However, if Baylor were to be cut out of the Pac-10 invite list in preference for Colorado, OU could be swayed to schedule out-of-conference games with Texas-based opponents, in order to play the same amount of games in Texas.

2012 won't be an issue, since the Sooners already are scheduled to play at TCU.

But after that, OU could end up pursuing games with SMU, Houston, Rice, UTEP, North Texas or Baylor, or additional neutral site games at Cowboys Stadium (despite the nightmares from last year's BYU fiasco) going forward to preserve its recruiting pipeline into the state.