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Arizona State, Oklahoma State announce football series

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Arizona State and Oklahoma State are set to play a home-and-home series nearly 30 years after the Sun Devils and Cowboys last played.

ASU will travel to Stillwater for a game Sept. 10, 2022, and the Cowboys will return the favor a year later with a game in Tempe.

Barring bowl or playoff matchups between now and then, the contests will be the fourth and fifth between the schools.

Oklahoma State thrashed ASU 45-3 in Sun Devil Stadium on 1984 before dropping the next two games between the schools.

ASU won 30-3 in Stillwater in 1991 and edged OSU 12-10 in Tempe a year later.

The Sun Devils are playing the Cowboys instead of taking on LSU, which asked to move a previously scheduled series.

The Tigers and Sun Devils will play in Tempe in 2026 and in Baton Rouge in 2029.

Arizona State also announced a future football home-and-home series against San Diego State in 2027 and ’28 as well as a home game against Kent State in 2019 and Southern Utah in 2023.

OK State to vote on Mike Gundy contract extension

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 7:  Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys takes the field before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs November 7, 2015 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Horned Frogs 49-29. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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As Oklahoma State’s all-time wins leader, Mike Gundy should have a lifetime contract to coach the Pokes — as long as he and T. Boone Pickens are getting along. Alas, the world does not work that way, and as such Gundy must earn his extensions like the rest of his peers.

Kyle Frederickson of The Oklahoman reported Thursday Oklahoma State’s Board of Regents will vote today on awarding Gundy with a two-year contract extension that would pay him a base salary of $3.55 million annually. He currently has four years remaining on the extension signed after Oklahoma State’s Big 12 championship, Fiesta Bowl-winning 2011 season that pays him $3.65 million annually according to USA Today.

The former Cowboys quarterback stands at 94-47 all-time as Oklahoma State’s head coach with five top-20 finishes, four 10-win seasons and the aforementioned Big 12 title in his 11 seasons in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State went 10-3 last season with a Sugar Bowl appearance.

2016 Baylor signee moves on, commits to Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 7:  Oklahoma State Cowboys mascot Pistol Pete performs during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs November 7, 2015 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Horned Frogs 49-29. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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For the first time since the controversy that continues to reverberate in Waco, a member of Baylor’s most recent recruiting class has surfaced at another school — and one in the Big 12, for that matter.

In a conversation with Scout.com, D.Q. Osborne confirmed that he had asked for a release from his BU National Letter of Intent and was granted it.  As such, he also confirmed that he has committed to play his college football at Oklahoma State instead.

“I liked the coaches and the campus is beautiful,” the defensive tackle told the recruiting website. “I can see myself playing football here the next two years and enjoying being at the school. I enjoyed everything about my visit. Yes, I am happy to know where I am going to be playing football and going to school for the next two years.”

Osborne, who had transferred to BU from the junior college ranks in February, said he also considered Texas Tech and New Mexico before settling on OSU.  The junior will be eligible to play immediately for the Cowboys in 2016.

It was reported earlier this month that seven 2016 Bears signees were seeking a release from their NLIs; Osborne was not one of those seven listed in the reports.  Also earlier this month, BU officials confirmed that, because of an NLI snafu, 2016 four-star signee Devin Duvernay is free to be recruited by other schools, which the wide receiver is currently in the process of doing.

Big 12 announces return of title game, 20-percent increase in revenue payouts

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For those members of the Big 12 who are fans of title games and money, Friday was a very good day.

In the biggest news of the afternoon, commissioner Bob Bowlsby revealed that the conference has approved a measure that will allow for the implementation — or re-implementation, as the case may be — of a league championship game in football.  The return of the Big 12 title game will come at the end of the 2017 regular season, although details, such as location, are still up in the air.

In perhaps the most surprising news coming out of this particular development, the vote to reinstate the title game was unanimous.

The first-ever Big 12 title game in football coincided with the league’s first season in 1996.  It was played every year through the 2010 season, when conference expansion — the league lost Colorado and Nebraska prior to the 2011 season — and NCAA rules forced the Big 12 to abandon the game.  In January of this year, the Big 12 won approval to stage a championship game without 12 members as previously required by the NCAA.

The Big 12 will continue on with its round-robin schedule — every team playing the other nine schools every season — as required by the new rule.  On twist, however, is that, per Bowlsby, the Big 12 will likely split into two, five-team divisions; how those divisions will be split is to be determined.

And now we come to the money portion of the program, as it relates to this topic specifically and revenue in general.

That financial windfall is on top of the $30.4 million in revenue distribution each member institution received for the previous year, Bowlsby announced Friday. That’s up 20 percent from a year ago, and third among Power Five conferences behind only the SEC and Big 10.  It also doesn’t include third-tier media rights (Texas makes $15 million from that category, Oklahoma $6 million).

There won’t, however, be an additional revenue stream for conference membership as a whole as Bowlsby also confirmed that the conference has scrapped its plans for a league-wide television network. “Not the time for us to consider [a network],” the commissioner stated, with Oklahoma president David Boren saying the idea is effectively dead..

One final note: the conference’s board has authorized the Big 12 staff to work with consultants on “conference composition” — i.e. expansion.  Earlier this month, Bowlsby stated that he hoped the expansion issue would be resolved, one way or the other, before the end of summer.

It still appears unlikely that the Big 12 will add two additional members — Texas is believed to be staunchly against expansion — but it’s a situation that will bear monitoring throughout the next couple of months.

On Big 12 revote, Baker Mayfield gets another year of eligibility

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 5:  Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates a touchdown against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Say this for the Big 12: they very quickly recognized as asinine decision and, to their credit, reversed course.

In a 5-5 vote Wednesday, the Big 12 shot down a rule proposed by Oklahoma that would’ve permitted walk-ons to transfer within the conference without restrictions.  The proposed rule, which failed due to the lack of a clear majority vote as well as disdain for both common sense and fairness, had been dubbed the “Baker Mayfield rule” in honor of the the OU quarterback who transferred from Texas Tech as a walk-on.

Earlier today it was reported that the Big 12 was going to reconsider that rule; in its reconsideration, the conference reversed course and, by a 7-3 vote, approved the measure.

The new measure will allow a walk-on at one Big 12 school to transfer within the conference and not face restrictions if his first school does not offer him a scholarship.  If that school does offer a scholarship, the walk-on can still transfer within the conference but must sit out a season.

As an added bonus for both Mayfield and the Sooners, the rule will retroactively apply to the quarterback, which means, if he so chooses, he would have another season of eligibility to use during the 2017 season.  Mayfield was not offered a scholarship upon leaving Tech, thus his grandfathering in under this new edict.

Mayfield took note of the reversal on Twitter, and seemingly indicated he’ll use that extra year.