Friday’s college football headlines: OU OK with Big 12

OU wants to stay with Big 12
OU staying put

Despite a lot of opinions on Oklahoma leaving the Big 12, loudest of which is coming from SEC Network personality Paul Finebaum, the Sooners are claiming to happy and will remain with the Big 12.

Oklahoma president David Boren says the university doesn’t “have any plans to make a move” out of the conference.

“We’re not desperate to go anywhere else,” said Boren in a column the Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig. “We’re in pretty stable position with the Big 12.”

Who is this Finebaum gentleman?

Boren said he wasn’t familiar with Paul Finebaum, but he’s familiar the matter. He’s been down this road before.

Finebaum last week on a Birmingham, Ala., sports talk station said that “I can think of one school in the Big 12 that would like out pretty desperately. … And that school is the University of Oklahoma.”

A few days later Finebaum said to the Dallas Morning News: “I see the Big 12 as a complete trainwreck. The Big 12 is the Titanic and you can see the iceberg in sight.”

So, is the Big 12 desperate?

“Oh, no no no,” Boren said. “I would say no.”

‘The heart will go on …’

Remember, the SEC and the Pac-12 tried to lure Texas and Oklahoma away years ago. That’s why, as Emig wrote, Boren’s response should be expected because of the Big 12 grant of rights. That’s the agreement binding the conference members together through the length of the league’s media rights deals, which extend through the 2024-25 season.

So if there is any desire to leave, it might be several years from becoming a reality. Unless, of course, the Big 12 hits the iceberg much sooner than anyone thinks. Except for Paul Finebaum.

Other headlines

Honey? Who are you tweeting? New Texas coach Tom Herman appears to be having success on the recruiting trail. He’s doing so well that some OU recruiters took to Twitter to “warn” the recruits who are thinking of flipping away from Oklahoma and toward UT.


Other Oklahoma coaches chimed in as well. The Texas coaches remained silent, but no one could stop Michelle Herman, the head coach’s wife.

Overrated already? Yardbarker.com came out with with its five most overrated players in college football going into the 2017 season (it’s May, right?), and once again yours truly didn’t make the list. I’m so happy.

The five who might not be so happy: Josh Rosen (UCLA quarterback), Sam Hubbard (Ohio State defensive end), Jake Browning (Washington quarterback), Nick Chubb (Georgia running back) and Christian Wilkins (Clemson defensive lineman).

Top 25 coaches: Well, here’s another list I didn’t make. CBSSports.com ranked the top 25 coaches in the Power 5 conferences going into the 2017 season. It’s the same as last year’s list but in slightly different order. Alabama’s Nick Saban made the list … or did he?

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