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Age / DOB:  (56) / 9/9/1960

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Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops is shutting off the media availability for some of his players due to comments made by freshman QB Austin Kendall prior to Saturday's Ohio State showdown.
Kendall called Ohio State's defense "basic" and predicted that Baker Mayfield would "light them up." That did not come to pass, of course, as Mayfield and the Sooners managed just 24 points in the blowout loss. Stoops is trying to prevent the bulletin board material. With two losses on the ledger, Oklahoma will have to hope for multiple dominoes to fall -- while running the slate in their final nine games -- if they want a shot at returning to the Playoff. Sep 19 - 3:20 PM

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No Big 12 teams reside in the top 15 of the latest AP Top 25 poll.

Baylor did manage to rise several spots, jumping from No. 21 to No. 16, but that is as high as the Big 12 reaches in this week's poll. Texas dropped from No. 11 to No. 21 with their loss to Michigan State while Oklahoma nearly tumbled out of the poll completely following their blowout defeat at the hands of Ohio State. They are clinging on at No. 25 after opening the season rubbing shoulders with the likes of Alabama and Clemson.
Sep 19 - 12:54 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren indicated that Big 12 expansion shouldn't be considered a given.

"I wouldn’t take expansion as a given. I wouldn’t take it as a sure thing," Boren said following a meeting of the board of regents. He is actually in favor of expansion, so these comments aren't being given a spin of bias. The Big 12 has been narrowing its contenders down over the past month-and-a-half, with Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, UConn, UCF and USF all reportedly still in the mix to join the conference. Assuming anybody joins the conference.
Sep 15 - 12:57 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will hold video conferences regarding expansion with 17 teams.

McMurphy relays that the general lean at this time is that the conference won't expand to 14 teams. According to the Worldwide Leader's report, "The most likely scenario is that the Big 12 will stay at 10 teams or only add two schools for a 12-team league with two six-team divisions." Among the teams expected to make presentations to Bowlsby, Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, South Florida, UCF, UConn, Memphis, Colorado State, Boise State, Tulane, Temple, East Carolina, SMU, New Mexico and Northern Illinois.
Aug 12 - 12:32 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton reports that no school being considered for Big 12 expansion has drawn the required eight votes to join the conference.

While Carlton relayed that the Big 12 has yet to truly settle on its expansion targets yet, he additionally noted that "[i]n-depth discussions and inevitable horse trading haven't really begun yet." He is also hearing that a football-only invite to the conference is unlikely, with a source telling him, "Nobody wants it." Last week, it was reported that BYU would consider joining the Big 12 on a football-only basis, but if Carlton's source is on-point, that might no longer be a realistic possibility.
Aug 4 - 12:16 PM

Sports Business Daily's John Ourand and Michael Smith report that ESPN and FOX have concerns about the Big 12's plans for expansion.

Per Ourand and Smith, "ESPN and Fox Sports believe that expansion with schools from outside the power five conferences will water down the Big 12 and make it less valuable, not more." Should the conference add two teams, ESPN and FOX Sports would be forced to pay an additional $40 in rights fees. That doubles if the conference adds four teams. "Both networks, according to sources, are digging their heels in against paying those kinds of increases based on expansion with schools outside the power five," write the Sports Business Daily pair. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported late last week that the Big 12 would like to complete the expansion process by the start of the 2016 campaign, so we might hear more of this divide in the coming days.
Aug 1 - 12:37 PM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that the Big 12 would like to wrap up the expansion process before the start of the season.

Dodd relays that according to three people with knowledge of the situation, "the Big 12 doesn't want expansion to overshadow the league's football season with a drawn-out process that would extend into the 2016 campaign." When CBS Sports reached out to conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby for comment, he declined to put a potential timetable to the proceedings. If Dodd's report proves accurate, pieces figure to rapidly start to fall into place over the coming weeks. Looking at the near future, AAC Media Days are set for Monday and Tuesday. With multiple rumored Big 12 targets residing in the AAC, it figures to be a fun few days for gossip. Probably less so for the assembled coaches and players.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 4:00 PM

In a poll of 23 Big 12 and SEC coaches, Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops was named the coach who his peers would most want a son to play for.

The assortment of coaches were asked which coach -- other than themselves -- they would want their son to play for. Stoops won out with five votes. Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio and Stanford HC David Shaw each received three endorsements on the question. Stoops was understandably touched by the high esteem in which he is held, saying, "That my peers, coaches, feel I treat kids the right way. I don’t know, hopefully a good role model and mentor to them and coach, as well. It means a great deal to me."
Source: Tulsa World
Jul 29 - 12:35 PM

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday that it's "a sellers' market— and we’re the sellers, and there are a lot of eager buyers."

Bowlsby's comments come one day after the Big 12 presidents unanimously approved exploring expansion. Speaking of those buyers, Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel wrote that the "leaders in the clubhouse for Big 12 expansion remain BYU, Cincinnati and Connecticut." According to Thamel, the secondary tier being considered includes South Florida, Central Florida, Memphis, Colorado State, Houston, Boise State and Tulane. "Schools like Temple, San Diego State and Northern Illinois don’t really have a chance, but will give it a shot anyway," Thamel wrote. A Big 12 source told Thamel: "They’re going to open it up like an auction. They don’t want it to be like they’re out there soliciting schools."
Jul 20 - 7:03 PM

The Big 12 will explore expanding by two or four schools and has instructed commissioner Bob Bowlsby to evaluate universities interested in joining.

It was only a few weeks ago that the conference was emphatically denying an interest in expanding, but we've seen a radical sea change in the past 24 hours. SI's Pete Thamel tweeted that Tuesday's takeaway was that "expansion is likely." The Big 12, currently sitting at 10 teams, has a gamut of suitors dying to get into a Power 5 conference. That list is headlined by Houston, BYU, Boise State and Cincinnati. Other interested parties include Colorado State, Memphis, Central Florida and South Florida. Bowlsby told the media that the Big 12 board "saw the path forward clearly and has taken steps. We need to look at it logistically and put a plan together."
Source: ESPN
Jul 19 - 6:19 PM

Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione indicated that there is no timetable for the Big 12 to discuss expansion.

The Big 12 continues its admirable reenactment of Groundhog Day, as once again, talk of expansion has deflated. "There aren't any signs that we'll talk anymore about expansion for a little while. We don't have a timeline on it," Castiglione told CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd. He went so far as to say, "I don't see any conversation in the near future." The Big 12 did at least clean up a few loose ends this offseason, announcing plans for a conference championship game and adjusting their walk-on transfer policies. The latter move will allow Baker Mayfield to terrorize the conference in 2017.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 7 - 3:07 PM

Oklahoma has eight scholarships available.

This number seems quite high. Teams typically have 85 scholarships available, unless they are on a scholarship limit. USA Today's Dan Wolken points out Texas still has four available, even after accepting a few Baylor transfers. Preseason practices will begin in early August for many schools.
Jun 29 - 9:50 AM

Oklahoma awarded HC Bob Stoops a one-year contract extension and a $25,000 raise.

No great shakes here, but Stoops' contract was extended through the 2021 season and he was granted a raise set to take effect on January 1, 2017. He will receive an additional bump on January 1, 2019. Stoops is set to make $5.5 million this season. Among the other amended contracts doled out by the board of regents, OC Lincoln Riley nets a sweet $350,000 raise and will make $850,000 moving forward. DC Mike Stoops didn't see quite the same amount of cheddar, but was awarded a $50,000 raise and will make $900,000 through to the end of his contract. He and Riley both have deals that run through 2018.
Jun 22 - 12:38 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren said that television markets are not the driving force of any possible expansion from the Big 12.

"Yes, TV markets are important. Yes, the financial aspect is important," Boren said, before then downplaying both factors. "[Fans] don't want to see them play mediocre teams. We have to determine what that's going to do to the longtime reputation of the brands at each of the schools and what quality of opponents we're having." UCF is a prime example of his point. Knights president John Hitt recently sent a letter to Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis arguing for his school's inclusion and included a report regarding the market potential of Orlando. Unfortunately, UCF also finished 0-12 last season, which would seem to put them on the outside looking in if we are to use Boren's criteria for potential expansion candidates. He called the expansion debate "ongoing," while conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby has indicated that a possible vote on the issue could come at the end of the summer.
Jun 6 - 2:44 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren said that "the boat [has] sailed" on a potential Big 12 Network.

Horns Digest's Chip Brown reported late last week that discussion of a possible conference television network would be tabled. That has, indeed, come to pass. "The marketplace," Boren said, "has decided for us." At least one roadblock is that Texas already has the Longhorn Network working. AD Mike Perrin called it a "very valuable asset."
Jun 6 - 1:46 PM