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Topic: Schools where players at certain positions go to thrive

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Cincydawg

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Re: Schools where players at certain positions go to thrive
« Reply #70 on: May 31, 2020, 01:58:08 PM »
Let's just manage to have a season.  We need something.

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Re: Schools where players at certain positions go to thrive
« Reply #71 on: May 31, 2020, 05:17:53 PM »
Would OU ever make a move without Texas?  If not, isn't that sort of lame?  Put on your big-boy pants.
I posted earlier that I didn't understand your post.  Somehow, I missed the "If not" part of it.
So, to answer your questions . . . .
I think that the OU administration views the annual series with Texas, at the Cotton Bowl, in Fair Park, at the time of the Texas State Fair, as a cornerstone of OU football.
As a result of that thinking, OU would have to think very long and very hard before doing anything to jeopardize that game.  Although that game existed for almost a century, and for 66 years as a game played annually in Dallas, before the formation of the Big 12, it is not at all certain that it would continue if either OU or Texas were to leave the Big 12 without the other.  We can see what happened to the annual Texas-Texas A&M game when the Aggies left for the SEC.
Are there OU fans who believe that OU should not feel bound to automatically stay linked with Texas, even if it meant risking the RRS?  Yes, there are.  I am one of them, even though I believe the RRS to be the equal of any CFB rivalry game except for--maybe--the Army-Navy game.  Having the flagship school of the second-largest-and-most-populous state in the Union running your conference is not all fun and games.
But I can't think of any currently likely circumstances that would warrant such a separation.  It would make no sense for OU to approach the Pac-12 as a solo act.  I don't want to see OU in the SEC.  And I don't see OU going to the Big Ten as a non-AAU member, the chances of becoming which our former school president probably queered for the foreseeable future by submitting false data to USN&WR about alumni endowments.
So, absent some irresistible, once-in-a-millennium opportunity, I imagine OU will stay tied to Texas for as long as Texas wants to be tied to OU.
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Re: Schools where players at certain positions go to thrive
« Reply #72 on: May 31, 2020, 08:16:39 PM »
OU could play Texas OOC.  I get the Texas vs A&M rivalry disintegrated, but Texas fans would not stand to lose the OU game as well.  
Anyway, Texas could join the SEC - A&M wouldn't be able to block anything, as much as they'd like to.  I would think Arkansas would welcome the Horns.  

It would all make sense, as adding 2 western teams and moving Mizzou to the proper geographic division would move Bama & Auburn to the East.  Why is that a big deal?  Because then the whole conference wouldn't be held hostage by the Bama-Tenn/UGA-Aub cross-divisional crap.


I'm probably way ahead of this, but at some point, eventually, the ACC and Big12 need to figure it out.  And either Texas or UNC? is going to have to blink.  
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Re: Schools where players at certain positions go to thrive
« Reply #73 on: May 31, 2020, 09:11:28 PM »
Or, maybe things just stay as they are. What problem is being solved here?

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Re: Schools where players at certain positions go to thrive
« Reply #74 on: May 31, 2020, 09:12:00 PM »
The outrage that the 5th-ranked team might secretly be the best, I think.
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Re: Schools where players at certain positions go to thrive
« Reply #75 on: May 31, 2020, 09:15:16 PM »
The outrage that the 5th-ranked team might secretly be the best, I think.
I don't think that was a problem last season anyway.

And I don't view it as some outrage.  But, if someone has a better system that would have worked better over the past 20 seasons, fine with me.  

 

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