Share “OU's Joe Castiglione working to save Big 12”

By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Modified: June 11, 2010 at 5:10 am •  Published: June 11, 2010

NORMAN — Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione says he still is strategizing to save the Big 12 Conference, which lost Colorado to the Pac-10 on Thursday and is expected to lose Nebraska to the Big Ten today.

"I understand people are writing this like the ship has sailed and there really isn't any way the Big 12 could stay together,” Castiglione said. "I just don't think this is true. I think there's still a way for us to stick together and be viable. Whether we do or not, I don't know.”

Castiglione said the key to staying together is Texas. If the Longhorns declare their intention to stay with the Big 12, all 10 remaining members would likely stay, and Castiglione said the league could still flourish, both competitively and financially.

"Behind the scenes, we're talking about all the different kinds of strategies and plans that would prove that point,” Castiglione said.

"There's still proof that 11 or 10 teams together can create some significant value. Even more than where we are with 12.

"Whether we can convince people that staying together is a good option, I don't know.”

Castiglione said he couldn't comment on whether a 10-team Big 12 would be a better option for OU than the proposed addition of six Big 12 teams to the Pac-10 because he hadn't seen that proposal and still hadn't talked with Pac-10 officials.

"We're aware of what's going on,” Castiglione said.


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