And it didn’t come without controversy, as OSU’s selection drew the ire of every club that felt snubbed by the committee. The coach of one such club, Rhode Island’s Jim Foster, teed off on the committee for including the Cowboys.
"They should be locked up for that one,” said Foster, whose Rams split with OSU in Stillwater back in March. "That’s a crime.”
The reaction to OSU’s inclusion was similar to a year ago, when OU made the NCAA field after finishing 9-17-1 in the Big 12 and at No. 43 in the RPI.
For Big 12 coaches, long angered about a lack of respect for the conference, it might be a sign the tide is turning. The league received an all-time-high eight bids, with Baylor also bouncing in off the bubble. Texas gained the No. 1 overall national seed.
Consider, too, that first-year selection panel chairman Tim Weiser is a Big 12 deputy commissioner.
Weiser spent part of Monday’s teleconference to discuss the field and defending the choice of OSU.
"Oklahoma State’s non-conference strength of schedule was very high,” Weiser said. "And it was 22-19 against top-100 teams.
"OSU no doubt had some really bad losses in conference play, but there’s also things such as RPI, SOS and non-conference record on its side. The Cowboys looked good compared to other teams on the docket.”