Once upon a time, the Big 12 conference had a plan.
Boren’s comments come just a few days after the league’s presidents, chancellors and athletic directors met at the conference office in Irving, Texas. There, they agreed to allow only commissioner Bob Bowlsby to speak on behalf of the conference going forward, presumably in response to the negative comments Boren had made about the league.
That didn’t last too long.
Boren on Tuesday told The Oklahoman that Big 12 presidents have agreed that they need to make a decision, perhaps by this summer, on the reforms Boren has championed: expansion, a football championship game and implementation of a conference network.
“We’re in a fact-finding mode, we’re in a data-gathering mode,” Boren said. “In other words, what will it mean to the stability of the conference? What will it mean financially to the conference?
“We’ve sort of said to ourselves, come this summer, we’re going to have to finally make a decision about what we do. We cannot indefinitely postpone decisions. That’s what I had gotten frustrated about. I thought we were spinning our wheels.”
But Boren says the presidents have agreed to research the numbers and let the data decide.
“And I think a consensus is forming around these three reforms,” Boren said. “So I’m in a personal mode of patience. Trying to be patient, because sometimes it takes time to work through.”
The fact I’m having a hard time trying to find is simple. How in the world does the conference convince Texas to give up the Longhorn Network, add two new members and make the math work out such that UT doesn’t lose any money from the new arrangement? If Boren’s got an actual solution for that knotty problem, he’s occupying the wrong presidency.