BIG 12 EXPANSION IS STILL MUDDLED, BUT OKLAHOMA’S TREND TO STATUS QUO COULD RENDER PROCESS AN EXERCISE IN FUTILITY
Fittingly, it appears Boren’s damaging comments to the Big 12 came in part because he has trouble in his own backyard. Oklahoma’s Board of Regents is not in favor of Big 12 expansion, and it appears to be putting an increasing amount of pressure on Boren to convey that message. This could seriously gum up the league’s expansion plans.
With eight of 10 votes needed to add schools, there’s an increasing expectation that Oklahoma won’t be voting in favor of expansion. Mathematically, that could make matters tricky going forward. “David is David,” said another source. “He was a governor and a senator and has a political side to him. I’m certain he’s feeling a lot of pressure from his board.”