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Oklahoma Sooners Hot Links: The Big 12 is Dead, Long Live the Big 12

David Boren had some interesting things to say about Oklahoma’s future.

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If you were waiting on the Sooners to bolt from the Big 12, it looks as if you’re going to have to wait a bit. It’s not that OU is necessarily loyal to their conference — it’s just that they need the dominoes to fall first.

The next ‘domino’ to fall would be the Big 10, it would appear, and David Boren stopped just short of saying that the Sooners are primed to join the conference when its rights deal expires:

For a nitty-gritty analysis, read Guerin Emig’s article on Boren’s press availability. Guerin does a good job of cutting through Boren’s political talk and figuring out what the hell he actually means.

Obviously, Oklahoma’s M.O. is to stay in the best version of the Big 12: one that’s profitable, competitive, and consistently puts players into the league. The money is equitable in the Big 12; it’s just that the conference’s perception is plummeting as is.

If the move does indeed happen, OU’s departure from the Big 12 will be a messy one. The difference is that now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

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