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OU notebook: BYU a possible opponent for OU in Dallas in 2009?

Oklahoman Modified: November 5, 2008 at 6:01 am •  Published: November 5, 2008
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Brigham Young football coach Bronco Mendenhall caused waves Tuesday, telling reporters that BYU could be playing a game at the Dallas Cowboys stadium in 2009.

Mendenhall singled out Oklahoma as a possible opponent.

"I know that we have been and are being considered for some early games next year, and that was one of them,” Mendenhall said. "There was a chance that it could be against Oklahoma. But there were a list of teams for us to play, or we might have been just one of the teams being considered to play.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reported discussions are ongoing with ESPN representatives for BYU to play a game next September at the new Cowboys stadium.

OU spokesman Kenny Mossman, however, said talk of a game with BYU in Dallas is premature.

"We’re often in negotiation with our television partners about various potential matchups,” Mossman said. "That partnership obviously includes ABC and ESPN.

"It is a common practice for the networks to be in discussion with a number of schools at this time of year. This is nothing out of the ordinary.”

OU already has non-conference games scheduled in 2009 with Tulsa at home and Miami at Dolphin Stadium on Sept. 12, though that date is expected to be changed because of a conflict with the Florida Marlins.

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