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Oklahoma president wants football title game, 12 teams, end of Longhorn Network

University of Oklahoma President David Boren wants reform in the Big 12 Conference that starts with adding two schools.
University of Oklahoma President David Boren wants reform in the Big 12 Conference that starts with adding two schools. AP

University of Oklahoma President David Boren told the Tulsa World on Thursday night he wants “comprehensive reform” of the Big 12 Conference.

That includes an expansion to 12 teams, the folding of the Longhorn Network and other third-tier TV properties into a Big 12 network and a conference football championship game.

His comments came in an interview with Tulsa World sports columnist John E. Hoover.

Boren on Wednesday released a statement to the Oklahoma Daily student newspaper:

“The Big 12 is disadvantaged when compared to the other conferences in three ways. We do not have at least 12 members, we do not have a conference network and we do not have a championship game. I think that all three of these disadvantages need to be addressed at the same time. Addressing only one without addressing all three will not be adequate to improve the strength of the conference.”

The NCAA Division I council on Wednesday approved a measure that would allow the Big 12 to play a conference title game in football with only 10 members.

Playing a round-robin schedule is part of the new rule. This season, Oklahoma would have had to play Oklahoma State in a conference title game the week after OU had beaten the Cowboys. Last year, in the scenario, TCU and Baylor would have played weeks after Baylor’s victory at home.

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