Thursday, September 15, 2011
Oklahoma regents to meet on Monday
By David Ubben
The next step in conference realignment might be taken on Monday, if only an informal step.
Oklahoma's board of regents are scheduled to discuss the university's conference affiliation at a meeting on Monday.
The school's board of regents has posted the agenda for Monday's meeting. It's a single paragraph that says the board will consider switching conference affiliation, and any legal ramifications of such a move.
The agenda says the regents may discuss the topic behind closed doors and "take any appropriate action."
Oklahoma president David Boren spoke to reporters on Sept. 2, acknowledging that Oklahoma has had contact with multiple conferences.
"I don’t really think this is something that’s going to linger on beyond two or three weeks, from the outside," Boren told reporters on Sept. 2.
Texas A&M had planned to leave for the SEC last week, but was accepted into the league on the condition that each Big 12 school waive its right to legal action. Several Big 12 schools have yet to officially do so.
"We obviously want stability in our conference relationships. We want partners that are above outstanding, both athletically and academically," Boren said. "A conference that’s strong is not only stable, but it’s one in which there are multiple relationships, along with sports, between university members."