Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Big 12 Expansion Talk Finds Differing Opinions at Oklahoma

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Big 12 Expansion Talk Finds Differing Opinions at Oklahoma

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Musings at the mid-week:

- Comical, really, to read that the chairman of the Oklahoma Board of Regents differs from the OU president regarding Big 12 expansion.

- Remarks from Max Weitzenhoffer were part of a story written by Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com.

- David Boren, the OU president, has been the biggest proponent of Big 12 expansion, which may be gaining traction again, in spite of the unimpressive schools under consideration.

- Yet the Oklahoma regents may not be so gung-ho.

- Demonstrates the importance others, namely regents, play in this process.

- Remember that when reading potential conference membership shakeups that do not point Kansas and Kansas State in the same direction.

- Gotta believe the Kansas Board of Regents would try to keep the in-state rivals together.

- State politicians too, though at this point their input on anything related to schools is suspect.

- A split into two divisions would be a better competitive arrangement in football for KU and K-State.

- Bill Snyder has always maintained that stance, and understandably so.

- Prevailing from a round-robin schedule in a conference as tough as the Big 12 is hard.

- However, it is the only logical way to schedule in a conference comprised of 10 members.

- Playing nine conference games potentially leaves a Big 12 team low on gas if indeed it qualifies for the College Football Playoff.

- ESPN published a proposed list of five 16-team leagues, which would effectively end speculation over realignment.

- And, enable the 80 schools to exert the autonomy they want to do as much as break free of the NCAA.

- A structure based on 16 teams in a league would essentially create two divisions, which for football would almost serve as their own leagues.

- The 14-team models used currently in the Big Ten and the SEC have created scheduling headaches.

- Anytime Bill Self is mentioned as a possible candidate for an NBA job and lists appear for potential KU replacements, the original move to hire Self remains impressive. …

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