I will say this about Flugaur, when he’s spouting off things on his own, he’s usually way off-base. However, his “B1G Man” info has been pretty spot on considering it’s coming from a B1G perspective that has been communicating with OU, and not just on expansion info. My guess is that he does have a source in someone’s athletic department that is in the know and doesn’t mind some info out there.
Anyway, here’s the summary:
Supposedly, according to his source, OU has been chatting with the B1G for awhile now and badly wants to join. David Boren has been getting all his ducks in a row to make it happen, to include last year’s expansion fiasco (the conference being unable to come together to add schools shows that it is doomed and will help OU leave, and possibly leave OSU). Boren wants the athletics, but values the academics more since adding OU to the group of AAU schools would help OU’s academics immensely.
Normally, the B1G wouldn’t consider a school with OU’s academics, but their football history and prestige would be a huge boost to the B1G network. OU also has a huge presence in Dallas and would help in that market.
Kansas has long been rumored to be heading to the B1G eventually since they are AAU and their basketball prestige would more than pay for their lack of market. Supposedly, they’re a done deal if OU departs whether or not the Sooners head to the B1G. If OU doesn’t go, the B1G will go after Texas or pick from a 2nd group of candidates (UCONN more than likely) to even up the conference.
Supposedly, some at OU would rather they end up in the SEC. 1) the SEC would add Okie State while the B1G won’t sniff them and 2) OU might be a better fit in the more athletic-conscience SEC. There is a worry within the B1G that OU will head to the SEC if the athletics guys get their way.
With OU basically one foot out the door already, the question becomes when they will leave as they want out early. If OU is gone, UT wants nothing to do with the Big12 and would want out as well. At some point in '21-'22 or before, both of those schools will go to the others in the Big12 and offer that the conference can remain P5 as long as both schools are allowed to leave early with no punishments. If the conference doesn’t agree, UT/OU will wait until the TV contract ends in 2025, leave, and the Big12 will cease to be a P5 conference. If the conference agrees, the schools are allowed to leave early and remain a P5 conference for at least a period of time.