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Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:58 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 12:58 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Brady Deaton is in a rather tough spot these days. Deaton is the Missouri Chancellor but he's also the head of the Big 12 board, which means that while he's doing all he can to keep the Big 12 together, he also has to make sure that Missouri has itself covered as well. Unfortunately for Deaton, much like the rest of us, he knows his fate is essentially in the hands of Oklahoma.

If the Sooners decide to stay in the Big 12, then the conference can survive without Texas A&M. If Oklahoma decides to head west and takes Oklahoma State with it, then it's time for Missouri to begin looking for a new home. When will we all find out what Oklahoma's intentions are? Well, in a talk with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Deaton seems to think we'll all know within the next two weeks.

"I just have had an understanding that within 10 days to two weeks we were likely to have some indication of where things stood, but with no firm deadlines there," Deaton said. "We're being patient and working together, and certainly right now we're in a little bit of a position where we need for Oklahoma to give us a sense of what they're thinking about and take it from there."

In other words, not much has changed for the Big 12. Oklahoma still seems to hold all the cards here, and Texas A&M is hoping that the Sooners make the decision to leave as well because it will make the Aggies move to the SEC that much easier to complete.

Personally I'm just hoping that I'm able to enjoy football this weekend without a new episode of "How The Big 12 Turns" premiering, though I doubt that will be the case.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:30 am

Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

Texas possibly going to the ACC would most likely be a better fit for TEXAS and their fans, then the PAC 12 would be for a number of reasons, including travel and time zones.

Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:26 pm

Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

SEC not that good?
5 straight national titles that include wins over Oklahoma and Texas
Guess they are better than the big 12 

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:28 pm

Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

Some of you idiotd thinking its the Longhorn Network that the problem are all screwed in the head. Last year the BIG members ALL agreed to a pact to stay togther yet they ALL allready knew that LHN was on the horizon, they knew about it 3 years ago. The network has very little to do with it all, its mainly Texas A&M leaving thats causing the fuss, A&M has not been a very good Big 12 team in years, they will probably be good enough to finish in second or 3rd in a SEC west division, because the SEC is not really that good, they just play a bunch of teams fom lower divisions to feed thier record, then play a SEC schedule and claim its good based on the rankings of teams that generally play a bunch of nobodies.  A&M sees that they would be a power team in the SEC and get more money out of the SEC. OU sees they could get more money by being in the PAC 12. TV revenues is what its all about. The contract the Big 12 has is cut every time a team leaves and is not replaced. Texas and OU can not get the teams they want to add to the Big 12. I think both schools end up in what is going to be the PAC 16, making it the power conference.  I would like to see the Big 12 stay together, get TCU, Houston, SMU, Rice, BYU, Boise and Air Force added to it and be one of the power conferces. You add all the Texas schools to keep the Texas players away from the SEC.  Playing out in the PAC 12 would not give the players the same exposure as it would keeping the Big 12 in tact.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:27 pm

Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

It's ironic that Mizzou is the one that started all the conference realignment talk last year when their Gov started yapping about them moving to the Big-10.  The Big-10 expanded, all right, but not by adding MU!  Now, they could be left out in the cold unless the SEC takes them, which is not what the Gov had in mind...he was thinking aboiut the academic stature of the Big10, not the SEC.  Oh take what you can get, and the SEC isn't a bad choice.  But for a school that's never won a NC at any sport, nor a conf championship, the SEC could prove to be a tough row to hoe.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:21 pm

Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

Everyone just needs to move on and quit using the LHN as an excuse. A&M would want out even if there were no LHN because they wanted to leave last year and the AD made a decision that is not on par of what the current students or alumni at Tamu wanted and now is trying to make the decision he should have last year but needs to use the LHN as his way of going in that direction. Tamu fits in the SEC plain and simple. OU is no different than UT, they want their own network and that is why they have not complained about it. They just see a conference that is not stable and want to move to the Pac 12 and they should if that is what they want. UT wants to keep the B12 together because it makes more sense for them because of the LHN but will do what they have to do based on OU. They are big boys and if it causes them to have to make other decisions and I do think it will be the ACC which for some reason suprises people but do not know why since they are in the middle of the USA and going thousands of miles to the left or right makes no difference. I for one can see the fans happier in the long run because of the time difference in the ACC will not be a big deal.

Texas did not blow up the SWC. The SWC did not work anymore because a conference with all schools from one state made no sense.

As for the unbalanced pay in the Big 12, everyone keeps saying that it is unfair payout that Texas gets more. That is as far from the truth. The rules of the payout are based on where you finish in the league. If Iowa State wins the conference, guess what, they get the bigger payout. Yes, OU and UT got more money over the past 10 years because of what? ...... 

Understand Texas did not create the system of the payout based on winning. Nebraska was head of that because it was that way in the Big 8 and stayed the same in the Big 12 but i guess as in the Huskers view of things, it only works for them if they are on top.

Hate Texas because they are your rival but because they got more money based on the rules of the layout of the conference makes no sense. The LHN does nothing but give them extra money not more of the money based on the current layout.

Texas had one vote, there were 11 other teams and the last time I checked 11 votes to 1 wins.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:45 pm

Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

Being head of the BIG 12 board is great, but reports are coming out that BIG donors are holding up contributions and BIG recruits are holding out making a commitment and we all know what is more important.  Missouri should be headed to the SEC and they will be a welcomed addition

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:22 pm

Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

Ughhhh....Oklahoma just pull the plug please so the Ags and everyone else can get BAYLout the leach of the conference off their backs...and Missouri and A&M can join the SEC Oklahoma and Pokes can go west to the PAC-1,000 and Texas can either go independent, ACC, PAC, B1G, Anywhere but not anywhere with the LHN they are limited on that...Pleas OU just pull the plug so we can get back to enjoying football without the conference word war...getting stupid.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:12 pm

Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

NBC isn't going to drop Notre Dame.

Yea, it's just a matter of time before the Big 12-2-1-? crashes and burns finally. Come on OU, put the whirlwinds and baby bears out of their misery so the rest of the conference can move on.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:43 pm

Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

Just blow the Big 12(er 10, er 9, er7 LOL) up already.

It will NEVER work with Texas having "The Longhorn Network" and receiving so much of an advantage because of it.

Texas can either grab enough "Little Sisters of the Poor" to share a conference with it, go Independent, or decide to "play nice with others".

It would be interesting to see what Notre Dame would do if NBC didn't offer them a TV extension.

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:00 pm

Brady Deaton expects OU decision within 14 days

"We're trying to find any reasonable way out of here, but if we can't, we're prepared to be outstanding Big XII citizens for years to come."

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