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Oklahoma State coaches hope for undivided Pac-16

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 11, 2010 at 9:33 am •  Published: June 11, 2010

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy always campaigned for no divisions in Big 12 football. Now he's ready to do the same if Oklahoma State joins the Pac-10.

"I would not have divisions,” Gundy said Thursday. "I would have one league. The two best records play in a championship game.”

The expected move of six Big 12 schools, including OSU and OU, to the Pac-10 is moving at an accelerated speed, though no announcement is expected before next week. Sorting out details of the expanded league could be months away.

Early reports of the proposed Pac-16 say the conference would be split into two divisions: Arizona State and Arizona joining the Big 12 schools in an east division, with the California, Oregon and Washington schools forming a west division.

But Gundy has an ally in his no-division plan: OSU basketball coach Travis Ford.

"Personally, I'd like to see it where you could play some of the (West Coast) teams more,” Ford said. "Be creative. If you do it, be a little creative with it. Whatever that means, let's be creative.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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