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Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Age / DOB:  (55) / 9/9/1960

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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

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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

Oklahoma president Dave Boren said that the Big 12 was "absolutely unified" in its decision to implement a conference championship game starting in 2017.

The vote itself (10-0) shows that unification well enough. Said Boren, "We had very, very strong feelings about that and very strong positive momentum." He called it "strong, unanimous support" by all involved. All of the details have yet to be ironed out, but conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby has indicated that the conference will likely be split into divisions (even if it remains at 10 teams) and that the title game would probably take place at a neutral-site location. On-campus sites will also be considered. "I was really undecided about a championship game," Boren said. "But when you look at the data, the data is really compelling."
Jun 4 - 4:56 PM

In a vote of 10-0, the Big 12 approved a plan for a conference title game in 2017.

Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that "in all likelihood," the Big 12 will implement divisions in order to facilitate the conference title game. He said that he has looked at the possibility of splitting the 10 teams into two five-team divisions with a round-robin schedule, but that is just one idea that is being bandied around. After months and months of stagnation, the last few days have seen several exciting developments from the Big 12. In addition to the championship game being cleared, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield earned an extra year of eligibility after the conference approved a change to their walk-on transfer rules. Expansion and a television network probably won't come to play this offseason, but it has been a productive time for Bowlsby and company of late.
Jun 3 - 3:12 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren stressed patience in regards to the potential of conference expansion.

"We're going to be very careful. That's an obligation that the conference has, and it's an obligation I have as an individual president," Boren said. "Where does the data take us and what strategy makes the best sense? We're not in a weak position; we're in a strong position." In late May, Horns Digest's Chip Brown reported that expansion would not truly be on the table in the conference meetings. That might still prove to be the case, but it remains an ever-present topic of conversation if nothing else. Texas AD Mike Perrin has already publicly come out and said that he does not view expansion as necessary.
Jun 3 - 12:53 PM

Horns Digest's Chip Brown reports that the Big 12 will not be expanding or launching a conference television network in 2016.

Big 12 presidents and chancellors are scheduled to meet in Dallas next week, but all of the noise about expansion and a television network might have been just that -- noise. According to Brown's report, there simply hasn't been enough agreement as to what non-Power 5 team to invite to the conference. Houston, Memphis, Cincinnati, Boise State and BYU were just a few of the teams rumored to be in the expansion mix. As for the reported decision not to gun for a possible Big 12 network, Brown wrote that "the league’s primary TV partners - ESPN and Fox - aren’t exactly knocking down doors right now to start a conference network with the current 10 schools." While that makes for two big-ticket items that likely won't appear on the Big 12 agenda, Brown does hear that the possibility of a title game could be kicked around down in Dallas.
May 31 - 5:07 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Oklahoma No. 2.

Alabama is No. 1. PFF believes returning starter QB Baker Mayfield should have finished higher than fourth in last year's Heisman voting. If Mayfield plays as he did, the offense will be impossible to stop. "Defensively, Charles Walker anchors the defensive line while LB Jordan Evans and SS Steven Parker emerged as quality player last season," PFF wrote. "The Sooners’ chances may hinge on Mayfield, but the nation’s top-graded returning quarterback has shown that he is up to the task."
May 19 - 4:33 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon views Oklahoma as one of the most overrated teams in the country.

Overrated, at least in the perception of the Sooners' ability to make the CFB Playoff. Chatmon is particularly concerned with the gauntlet faced by HC Bob Stoops and friends, writing that "a brutal early schedule could derail their playoff dreams." September sees Oklahoma playing both Houston and Ohio State, while October will throw early Big 12 tests at them in the form of TCU, Texas and Kansas State. "The talent on Oklahoma’s roster is capable of reaching the pinnacle of the college football mountain, but the schedule stands as a major roadblock in that quest," Chatmon concluded.
May 17 - 3:13 PM

University of Oklahoma president David Boren said about 25 schools have contacted the Big 12 about joining.

Via's Jake Trotter, we found out on Tuesday that Memphis, Colorado State, Houston and Central Florida were lobbying for entrance. We've also heard Cincinnati, Boise State, BYU, South Florida and UConn, among others, linked to the conference. Of those teams, Memphis is flirting most aggressively. As's Mark Schlabach reported on Tuesday, school president David Rudd has pledged a $500 million investment in the athletic department if the Big 12 adds the Tigers.
May 12 - 10:44 PM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd was told by an Oklahoma source that the school was "within 30 minutes" of leaving the Big 12 for the Pac-10 in 2010.

Texas and Oklahoma nearly bolted the conference in both 2010 and 2011, with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott aiming in 2010 to add six Big 12 teams to form a Pac-16. In the end, the Big 12 Conference may have been saved by the Pac-10's refusal to allow Texas to bring its Longhorn Network along with it. Saved for now, that is. The core problems remains: Lower-tier Big 12 schools want to expand back to at least 12 teams, while the Sooners and Longhorns, who generate the most revenue and sustain the league merely by participating in it, don't want to spread the money pie any thinner.
Source: CBS Sports
May 10 - 6:05 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht ranked Oklahoma No. 1 in the outlet's post-spring top-25 power rankings.

The 2016 regular season is still months off, but you can reasonably expect Oklahoma to be ranked in the top-5 by most outlets come August. A huge reason for this, as Becht points out, is that the Sooners are returning eight offensive starters. Included in that octet, stud RB's Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine and gunslinger Baker Mayfield. Becht actually think the already scary offense could take a step up this season, writing that "Baker Mayfield and the Sooners’ attack could be even better in its second year running Lincoln Riley’s Air Raid offense, provided a young offensive line can come together."
May 9 - 1:12 PM

According to ESPN's updated FPI (Football Power Index) metric, Oklahoma is a 65% favorite to win the Big 12 in 2016.

Numbers, numbers, all of the numbers. FPI not only gives the Sooners a 65% probability of winning the conference, it applies a 47% chance to the possibility of OU finishing out the season with just one loss. FPI is keen on Oklahoma's chances next year due, in part, to the fact that their three most difficult contests in 2016 will be played in their comfy home confines. Those three games will come against Baylor, Ohio State and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys, by the by, have a 13% shot at the Big 12 title according to FPI.
Apr 9 - 2:05 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noted that he "love[s] what [he's] seeing down in Norman, Oklahoma, under Bob Stoops in 2017 recruiting."

"Not only am I seeing an aggressive approach," Farrell wrote, "but also a program that continues to make progress in California and is making a name for itself in Florida. It's also a team that is protecting its borders." At the moment, the Sooners have notched eight commitments for the 2017 cycle, including four four-star cornerbacks. Farrell's particularly keen on the commitment of G Tyrese Robinson, a four-star guard who ranks as the No. 52 player overall (No. 3 at his position). "This 2017 start is the best I can remember for Stoops and company and could be the start to returning to that top 10 again," he concluded.
Mar 14 - 5:30 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren indicated that the question of Big 12 expansion might be addressed this summer.

Boren spoke with Berry Trammel of The Oklahoman and let loose a bit of frustration with the whole process. Said Boren, "We've sort of said to ourselves, come this summer, we're going to have to finally make a decision about what we do." He added that the Big 12 "cannot indefinitely postpone decisions." We're with you, Mr. Boren. This is a conversation that's stretched on for eons. Cincinnati, Boise State, BYU and UConn are all possible candidates to bring into the fold should the conference opt to expand, assuming it opts to make a decision at all. We'll believe it when we see it.
Feb 16 - 11:46 PM