The president of the University of Oklahoma said Wednesday that his school and Texas A&M both received invitations to join the Southeastern Conference during the last round of conference realignment.


The president of the University of Oklahoma said Wednesday that his school and Texas A&M both received invitations to join the Southeastern Conference during the last round of conference realignment.

Although Oklahoma ended up remaining in the Big 12, university president David Boren said the Sooners had offers from both the SEC and the Pac-10. Boren spoke with reporters after an OU regents meeting at the Noble Conference Center and Pavilion for almost 40 minutes about the conference realignment process.

“I’ll put it this way — we were well positioned for whatever worked out,” Boren said.

SEC spokesman Craig Pinkerton said he was “not in a position to comment” on what Boren said. Boren declined to say who in the SEC issued the invitation, only that that person had the authority to do so.
Boren said the Pac-10 offer was for five Big 12 schools — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech — to join as a group. Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott visited the schools earlier this month to extend the invitations.

“The invitation was really to the group,” Boren said. “It had to be, because you couldn’t have our teams all flying to the Pacific coast every week to play games. There had to be an eastern division of schools.”

Boren said the SEC extended offers only to Oklahoma and Texas A&M, both of which opted to stay in a slimmed-down Big 12 after Colorado left for the Pac-10 and Nebraska left for the Big Ten.

Because the SEC offer didn’t include two of the Sooners’ key rivals, Oklahoma State and Texas, Boren said he didn’t consider it a good option.