Jenni Carlson: OU chose to play Florida A&M after losing TCU as a non-conference opponent

The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: September 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm •  Published: September 7, 2012

The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Read the entire chat recap here.

Why would OU play Florida A&M?

Desperation. OU lost a non-conference game against TCU when TCU became a conference opponent, but that didn't happen until recently.

So, when OU got desperate, it went looking just about anywhere for an opponent. Its search ultimately landed in Tallahassee with Florida A&M.

The Rattlers had an opening and was willing to come to OU and gave OU a price for its payout that the Sooners could live with. That's why OU is playing Florida A&M on Saturday.

What is your opinion on about the new Sooner Sports TV?

I don't think much is going to change for folks who want to watch Sooner events. If anything, people should be able to see MORE events. Like non-basketball and non-football games. It sounds to me like Sooner Sports TV is going to be housed primarily on Fox Sports' regional signals. So, it's not like the Longhorn Network, which has its own channel or signal.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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