We don’t know if you’ve heard about it or not, but there’s rumor of a very strong possibility that the Pac-10 will look to pluck off six of the schools currently residing in the suddenly-wobbly Big 12.
One of the schools rumored to be on the Pac-10’s wish list is Oklahoma. Based on his comments to the Daily Oklahoman, the head coach of that school’s football program would welcome the opportunities a new conference would bring.
“It’s kind of exciting to me, what the possibilities are for our program,” Bob Stoops said. “What actually it will be, I don’t know. In the end, it’ll be positive. …
“(The Big 12) has been great for us. We have been in a good number of Big 12 championship games and won a number of times. Obviously, it’s been good for us,” Stoops said. “But the more people are talking about (the Pac-10), the more people are thinking, ‘That’s exciting. That’s pretty cool. That has a chance to be special.’ It’s win/win. Best of everything.”
One of the reasons for Stoops’ excitement? Such a move would open up the fertile recruiting hotbed of California.
“When I first heard it, I thought it was exciting. Thought, that has a chance to be pretty good, by bringing the West Coast recruiting into play,” Stoops said. “For us, especially to play down in Texas, has always been positive. I think that has a chance to be the best of everything, a good number of games we have in the South and then out West.
“It brings everything out West into play, particularly California.”
While Stoops talks like he’s genuinely excited about teaming up with the Pac-10, there’s one person very close to the Sooner coach who is on the other end of the expansion spectrum.
If the rumors were to come to fruition, Oklahoma would likely be in the same division of a 16-team Pac-10 with Arizona. The Wildcats are coach by Mike Stoops, brother of Bob. Mike Stoops has said in the past that he has no interest in facing his brother, and reiterated that disinterest over this past weekend when the rumors of a Pac-10 raid first popped on the radar.
“I don’t think anyone gets excited about playing Oklahoma,” Stoops told the paper. “As long as I don’t have to play Oklahoma and Texas every year, I’ll be all right.”