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OU official denies report that Big 12 schools want Sooners to commit to league

Oklahoma State sources also denied the report and reiterated OSU’s desire to maintain a strong relationship with OU.
BY TRAVIS HANEY AND BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers, thaney@opubco.com; btramel@opubco.com Published: September 7, 2011

A report in the Des Moines Register on Wednesday said Iowa State would retain its right to legal action. A release from Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe’s office confirmed the league has no plans to restrict any school or schools’ choice of legal action. He made it clear, only, that the Big 12 would take no action. Since Texas A&M first became aggressive about going to the SEC, Oklahoma has been active in examining its options. School president David Boren broke his silence Friday, saying he expected a resolution, in one way or another, in the next couple of weeks.

“I don’t think there’s any chance OU is going to end up being a wallflower,” Boren said.

Once Texas A&M officially leaves, OU — and, as a byproduct, Oklahoma State — would be more in the clear to negotiate a potential move. Sources have said the Pac-12 is interested in both OU and OSU, independent of whatever Texas chooses to do.