OSU In Great Position As Realignment Begins

It would certainly seem with ESPN jumping into the story with conviction and reporting that the University of Nebraska Board of Regents has informally met and agreed for Nebraska to move and join the Big Ten that the conference realignment is happening. The formal announcement is expected on Friday but now it will be rapid fire to see how the dominoes will fall.

Oklahoma State is in a very good place. Yes, Baylor and even some schools outside the Big 12 (Houston) are trying to squeeze into the list of universities that will move toward the Pac-10 and become members of the first superconference.

The report was that Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Colorado would be the six that would be absorbed into the existing Pac-10 and form a 16-school league with two eight-team divisions. The confidence level that Oklahoma State will be included in that scenario seems to be at 100 percent and there are several reasons why.

1. Oklahoma State has first class facilities for both football and basketball with Boone Pickens Stadium and Gallagher-Iba Arena.

2. Oklahoma State has been very competitive in both football, men's basketball and women's basketball in recent years. Football has been to four consecutive bowl games and has made a record number of television appearances the past two seasons with strong ratings in those appearances. The program has been to been to bowl games in seven of the past eight seasons. Oklahoma State has strong reputations in many of their equivalency sports including a total of 49 NCAA Championships, which ranks fourth behind Pac-10 Conference members UCLA, Stanford, and USC. That falls right in line with the theme of the league, "Conference of Champions."

3. The OSU athletic administration has a strong relationship with Texas and Oklahoma. Both schools aid in the situation with Texas really being the lynchpin. The last two times that Texas has been to Stillwater in football the Texas team ate its Friday meal in the West End Zone at the OSU training table. It is a courtesy that OSU has offered all visiting Big 12 opponents, but only Texas and Nebraska have taken them up on it.

4. Outside of athletics, Boone Pickens donated $100 million to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Medical Center. Also, Pickens' longtime attorney, associate, and partner Robert Stillwell is a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents.

Those are four major reasons that Oklahoma State is in a good place and can rightfully expect to move along with the other Big 12 schools that as a result of the expected collapse of the conference could soon be affirming membership in an expanded Pac-10 Conference.

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