STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's president and its top athletic booster agreed Thursday — the school is focused on remaining in the Big 12.
The duo also said that it isn't a foregone conclusion that Texas A&M will leave the league for the Southeastern Conference.
“I think (the Big 12) can exist,” OSU president Burns Hargis told CBSSports.com before Thursday's football win over Arizona.
“I don't think it's a fait accompli A&M is gone. Obviously the SEC had a string on their bid.”
Texas A&M announced that it was leaving the Big 12, and the SEC appeared ready to accept the Aggies. But Baylor president Ken Starr threatened to sue the SEC and its commissioner, Mike Slive, for tortious interference.
Meanwhile, there were reports Wednesday that the other eight Big 12 schools wouldn't sign off on Texas A&M's departure until Oklahoma stated its commitment to the Big 12.
Oklahoma State director of communications Gary Shutt refuted those reports Thursday.
“Speculative reports using unnamed sources implying Oklahoma State University would join others in a lawsuit against the SEC and Texas A&M were incorrect,” Shutt said in a statement.
OSU booster Boone Pickens was interviewed during ESPN's broadcast of Thursday's game and said he wants the Big 12 to remain together, but with equal revenue sharing, adding that Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Nebraska were given “special deals” and that the practice “has come to an end.”
“We've gotta get all the schools equal and go forward from there,” Pickens said. “I think that's gonna happen in the next three weeks.”
Pickens said his recommendation to Hargis was, “Let's don't rush anything.”
For his part, Hargis was unwilling to speculate on OSU's future if Texas A&M does indeed depart. He added that if it does, OU and OSU are “not necessarily” headed to the Pac-12.
Pickens said that no matter what happens he “knows that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are a package.”
“Oklahoma's not a big state, and to cut your two best assets in the state in half and split, no, that isn't going to happen,” Pickens said.