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Age / DOB:  (55) / 9/9/1960

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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. Jul 29 - 4:00 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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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

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