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Sooners Clear Path to Join Another Conference (Sep 19, 2011)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The University of Oklahoma's board of regents has voted unanimously to give university president David Boren the right to choose a new conference for the Sooners.

The move is a key step in case Oklahoma chooses to leave the Big 12.

OU President David Boren says he is focused solely on either keeping the Sooners in the Big 12 or moving to the Pac-12.

Boren spoke Monday after university regents gave him the authority to move the school to a new conference.

Boren said it is not inevitable that Oklahoma will leave the Big 12. But he says the league must prove itself to be stable and share television revenue equally among its members for the Sooners to stay.

He also said he has been consulting with Oklahoma State's leadership and he expects the in-state rivals to stick together whether they stay or go.

University of Texas regents have given president Bill Powers Jr. the authority to negotiate a move out of the Big 12 to a new conference.

Before the vote, Powers told the regents that the school should be able to explore options, which he says could include staying in the Big 12.

Any move to a new conference would have to be submitted to the regents for final approval.

Oklahoma State University regents have scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday to "consider matters relating to athletic conference membership."

OSU President Burns Hargis says the Cowboys have "attractive options" and are working closely with Oklahoma to make sure the "best interests of both institutions" are achieved.

He says the regents want to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

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