So, Oklahoma wants to reform the Big 12, oust the commissioner, lay ground rules for the Longhorn Network and do major surgery instead of putting more bandages on problems that continually threaten to kill the conference. Huh. That's so crazy it just might work. A day after OU president David Boren sounded like he had two feet out the door, he issued a late-night statement saying that the Sooners decided not to apply for Pac-12 membership. But our man Berry Tramel talked to several high-ranking sources who said the Sooners aren't satisfied with the current state of the Big 12 either. They said conference commissioner Dan Beebe needs go. Ditto for the Longhorn Network's plans to broadcast a Big 12 game to the network and high school football highlights on the network. Even if the announcements by Boren and the Pac-12 are for real - who knows what's posturing and what's truth telling in this whole mess? - the Big 12 needs to think long and hard about serious reform. Boren talked in his we're-not-going-to-the-Pac-12 statement of Big 12 stability. "Conference stability has been our first goal," he said, "and we look forward to achieving that goal through continued membership in the Big 12 Conference." Translation: Now, I can focus on Beebe and Bevo TV. Listen, I'm not ready to say OU's ideas will save the Big 12 for another year much less another decade or two, but these are the first tangible suggestions that anyone has proposed. It's the first plan that goes beyond extending an invitation to BYU and hoping for the best. All that's going to do is make this a 10-team conference again. It's not going to bring stability to the Big 12. The Oklahoma Plan might. The truth is, this is a broken conference right now. That starts with the people who make decisions. The relationships between the schools are fractured. The camaraderie among the leaders is splintered. Even though our local schools are an exception — Monday’s comments from Boren and OSU president Burns Hargis were a reminder of just how much they’re attached at the hip — leaders who work together are a rarity in the Big 12. Texas A&M’s administrators have the Aggies on the way to the SEC. Baylor’s have threatened a lawsuit. Texas’ have insisted they can do nothing as ESPN pushes the envelope with the Longhorn Network. It’s been a big ol’ mess, and no one from the Big 12 offices seems to have been able to do anything about it. Why not call Texas and Texas A&M officials to headquarters, put them in a room and tell them to figure out how they can coexist? Why not bring together the schools like Baylor that feel threatened they’ll be left out in the cold with the schools like OU that are calling the shots and have them talk out their issues? I’m not saying that Beebe has done nothing during these tumultuous times, but in 15 months, he has lost a quarter of his conference schools. That’s a problem. Consensus must be built among Big 12 schools, and that starts with good leadership at the top. I’m not sure I have a bunch of ideas about who could start rebuilding trust and harmony in the conference, but one name pops to mind. Bill Hancock. The Oklahoma native is one of the nicest people on the planet and one the most respected people in college athletics, having been the director of the Final Four for many years. His personality and his track record are two of the main reasons that the BCS hired him a few years ago as its first executive director. One of the best guys in the world fronts one of most hated franchises in sports. Think he might be able to help heal the Big 12? But even if you brought Saint Bill on board, the conference still needs major philosophical overhaul to survive. That’s where rules about the Longhorn Network come into play. No conference games on a school network. No footage of high school events in any form or fashion. Granted, these regulations are directed at Bevo TV, but with several other schools expressing interest in their own networks, no doubt the rules would apply to all. Those changes would make everyone in the conference feel like they were on more even footing. Heck, OU might take that a step further and suggest revenue-sharing from individual networks. Instead of one school keeping all the money it makes from a network, split it up among all the schools. That might seem extreme, but really, that’s just because it’s such a diversion from what’s been allowed. Texas not being allowed to keep the $300 million it’s been promised? The Longhorns having to share most of it? Crazy. Or is it? A year ago, in the buildup to the OU-Texas game, I wrote a profile about longtime Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds. One of his people told me that much of the day-to-day operations of the department were being divided among other staffers so he could focus on the school’s network. It would be his last major contribution to the school. It would be an exclamation mark on his career. Now, the very network Dodds wanted so badly to create has driven the Big 12 to the verge of collapse. It has severely tarnished the reputation of him and his department. Making concessions that could maintain the network and might solidify the Big 12 in the process would do wonders for the ill will directed toward everything burnt orange. I understand that all of these changes are major. A new commissioner? A rewrite of the bylaws? A move toward equality in profit-sharing? A change in some major philosophies in the conference? Those are serious moves. But right now, what OU leaders are suggesting is what the Big 12 needs to stabilize now and stand strong in the future. Otherwise, you’re just continuing to put bandages on a dead league walking.