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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Does OU president David Boren take a veiled shot at Texas football with Big 12 talk?

Posted May 16th, 2017


At a recent University of Oklahoma board of regents meeting, Oklahoma president David Boren spoke about the one issue that he seems to love to talk about: the future of the Big 12.

Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson recaps the conversation in which the president says:

  • “I think it’s very important for us to always have the possibility of making a move if we want to.”
  • “I assure you that we don’t have any plans to make a move. … We’re not desperate to go anywhere else.”
  • “It’s in our interest that the Big 12 succeed.”
  • “The question is, are you in a conference that’s going to have a chance to play for national championships and is going to be in the playoffs?And I think probably more than anything else, performance is going to determine that.”

The performance quote is the one that caught Carlson’s, and probably everyone associated with the Texas football program, eye. Texas has not been a dominant football program since losing the 2009 BCS National Championship Game, and is on coach No. 3 since that game.


Carlson reads between the lines and determines that the performance issue is taking aim at Texas: “…the school that Boren really put on notice is Texas. He didn’t call out the Longhorns by name, of course. But better football at Texas would go a long way to making a better Big 12.”


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