University of Oklahoma President David Boren speaks to reporters after the second day of the Big 12 sports conference meetings in Irving, Texas, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Whys of Texas: Readers are unsure whether to stay in the Big 12

Jump ship to the ACC or Big Ten? Some want to stand pat, actually. And no 18-Wheeler against UTEP?

Posted September 15th, 2016

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Oklahoma president David Boren has been a fountain of information about Big 12 expansion since this whole process began during the summer. On Wednesday, he scrambled things up.

“I’m not saying there won’t be expansion,” Boren told reporters attending the OU board of regents meeting. “But I’m not saying it can be automatically assumed that there will be expansion.”

So, expansion is going to happen! Or, maybe not! Can’t this league just make up its mind?

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In this week’s Whys of Texas, let’s look at some of the fan feedback we’ve received about expansion. Surprisingly, some UT fans are in favor of keeping the Big 12 going instead of joining another league, like the ACC or Big Ten. As of mid-morning Thursday, 36 percent of those surveyed via Twitter want to stand pat.

But that also means 64 percent want to blow this popsicle stand and go somewhere else.

Boren said nothing may happen until the Big 12’s next meeting on Oct. 17. Stay tuned.

Here’s a sampling of some responses.

Write-in “Independent” – always play OU, ND and maybe aggie if they are not busy with prairie view

— @pdstone

Why is Independent off the table?

— @BevoInsider

Only reason to join B1G would be to troll Nebraska

— @BigJay_07

SEC

— @bobcat_180

Pac 12 but only on the instance that 9PM CST starts do not happen. If that can’t be agreed to, Big 10.

— @mdmost

TX & OU gone to Pac-12 (warm growing area) or B10 (tradition) when media rights expire. ESPN gutted LHN no reason to stay in B12

— @roth60

B10 most logical

— @utbandalero

On to this week’s mailbag like a certain unstoppable 250-pound quarterback …

UT quarterback Tyrone Swoopes rushes in the second overtime against Notre Dame at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sunday September 4, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes rushes in the second overtime against Notre Dame at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sunday September 4, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Q. No 18-Wheeler against UTEP??? What happened? Did Swoopes make Gilbert mad already?

— Hector G., Sugar Land, via email

DAVIS: As exciting as the Notre Dame win was, fans must remember the 18-Wheeler was intended to be a short-yardage package. That’s how Oklahoma used it with Blake Bell, and now-departed assistant Jay Norvell installed it at Texas. Swoopes ran the ball only twice against UTEP, for three yards. Realistically, Texas was the far better team and didn’t need him out there taking unnecessary hits. It also wouldn’t be shocking if we don’t see it much against California. But don’t worry. Sterlin Gilbert hasn’t forgotten about Swoopes.

REALTED COVERAGE: Texas’ notable number: Penalty flags — and the number 21

How many do you expect will be at the Cal game? HOOK EM!

— Mark D., Rockwall, Texas, via email

A Texas spokesman said the school was contracted to take 4,000 tickets inside California Memorial Stadium, a place that holds about 62,000. Those were gobbled up, so school officials ordered another 1,500. Sold with ease, apparently. That’s at least 5,500 tickets taken by Longhorns fans, and there’s no telling how many have been scooped on secondary markets by Texas exes living in the Bay Area. I’m expecting a solid burnt-orange fan turnout.

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) joins a member of the US Marine Corps holding a giant US Flag before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Landover, Md., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) joins a member of the US Marine Corps holding a giant US Flag before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Landover, Md., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Can someone please tell Chancellor McRaven we don’t need to be lectured about the anthem?

— Steve Montgomery, Flower Mound, Texas, via email

First off, I’m not going to lecture a retired four-star admiral about anything. McRaven knows how to make people disappear, if you catch my drift. The UT chancellor issued his second memorandum about this topic across the UT system on Aug. 29 asking coaches and players to “stand up straight when the National Anthem is played.” He also asked them to place their hands over their hearts during the song. This isn’t the place to get into the politics of protesting the anthem. But I didn’t have a problem with his memo whatsoever.

LOVED the atmosphere inside Gregory on Wednesday for the volleyball match. I saw your tweet. Why can’t Texas put some basketball games in there? It’d be LIT! And poooooor Aggies.

— Beth M. via email

It was energetic inside Gregory Gym during the Texas A&M-Texas volleyball match, that’s for sure. The Longhorns weren’t exactly clean early, but had more than enough juice to sweep the Aggies in three setsIt only bolsters my belief that the Texas men should move one low-level, non-conference game into that old barn every year. Or how about the exhibition games? Texas could play Angelo State at Gregory on Nov. 2. The women can host Tarleton State in there on Nov. 6. Make it free and promote the heck out of it. That’d be cool. Each time I’ve posed this idea to Texas officials over the years, I get blank stares.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Got a question for the Whys of Texas? Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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