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

NORMAN — Multiple reports Wednesday said some Big 12 schools would not sign a waiver to allow Texas A&M to go to the SEC unless Oklahoma committed to staying in the weakened conference, including an espn.com report that said all eight other schools in the league had banded together with such a stipulation.

But Oklahoma State sources denied the report and reiterated OSU’s desire to maintain a strong relationship with OU.

The Waco Tribune earlier Wednesday reported that six schools – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri and Texas Tech – had made the same deal.

If that report is true, it is news to OU — which would seem odd, given the precarious position in which the school would occupy.

“I haven’t heard anything about this ‘group of 6,’” an OU official said Wednesday afternoon after the Waco Tribune report. After checking with colleagues at several other schools, the OU official said, all denied they were part of any kind of collusion.

Multiple reports out of Lubbock immediately said Texas Tech was not involved.

Texas A&M was set to officially announce its move to the SEC as early as Wednesday, but that was derailed when reports surfaced that Baylor was threatening to sue the SEC, should the Aggies join that conference as planned.

“We were notified (Tuesday) afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action,” said Florida president Bernie Machen, a chairman for the SEC’s leadership. “The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure.”



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