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Oklahoma, Texas two-steps closer to Pac-12

Oklahoma, Texas likely heading to Pac 12

On Monday the realignment process in college athletics took another couple of big steps in moving forward. The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has voted unanimously to give President David Boren authority to pursue a new conference home for the Sooners. The University of Texas System Board of Regents voted unanimously to give President David William Powers the same authority just hours later. This means that Oklahoma and Texas are each taking the next step in searching for a new conference to be affiliated with for collegiate athletics. The Pac-12 has been the hot rumor in recent days, just as it was a year ago.

Boren said he has had “informal” discussions with the Pac-12, describing the conversations as “warm” and “constructive.” In addition, Boren has confirmed that he has worked with officials from Oklahoma State with the intent on keeping the two schools tied to the same conference. If any conference wants Oklahoma, Oklahoma State will come as part of a package. Oklahoma State regents are scheduled to meet on Wednesday. It is widely speculated that Oklahoma State will make the same decision that Oklahoma University does.

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