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OU President Refutes Report About Big 12 Expansion

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David Boren

University of Oklahoma president David Boren refuted a report on Tuesday, September 27, that OU does not want the Big 12 to expand.

Boren issued a statement which said, “I do not know where the speculation came from, but Oklahoma has not yet taken a position on expansion.”

Boren is also the chairman of the Big 12’s board of directors, charged with looking into expansion.

Boren’s statement was in response to an article from Sports Illustrated that cited sources that believe Boren does not want the Big 12 to expand beyond its current 10 teams.

Eight of the ten schools in the league must vote for expansion for schools to be added to the conference, and the SI article implied if OU voted against expansion, it would make it much more difficult for it to pass.

Boren said in mid September Big 12 expansion was “not a given.”

The league has been listening to presentations from nearly two dozen schools interested in joining the Big 12.