Oklahoma Sooners SEC: Why Staying in Big 12 Is No-Brainer for Sooners

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Bob Stoops has a Gatorade bucket dumped on him by Eric Mensik #69 late in the fourth quarter before the Sooners 48-20 victory against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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With news coming that Texas A&M was leaving the Big 12 and heading for what they thought are greener pastures in the SEC, Oklahoma now has a big decision to make.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has stated that multiple conferences have expressed an interest in Oklahoma, most likely the SEC and the PAC-12.

According to ESPN, here are Boren's thoughts on the matter:

Partners that are both outstanding athletically and academically as well because a conference that's strong is not only stable but it's one in which there are multiple relationships, along with sports, between the university members.

Of course, we have some great partners in the existing Big 12. We have interest from other conferences and other universities, so it's really a tribute to the strength of our program at the University of Oklahoma that there is so much interest in us.

So, we have to carefully evaluate the various comments that are being made to us and the various possibilities that are being shown to us before we decide what's best for the university to do.

Oklahoma shunned the PAC-12 and SEC last year, but many people think it could be different this time around.

It shouldn't be.

Oklahoma should remain in the Big 12. Oklahoma and Texas are the pride of the conference and are going to be the glorified and protected teams in the conference. There may be a bit more money in the SEC right now, but the Big 12 will recover and should be able to add some quality opponents.

At this point, Oklahoma can afford to wait it out and see what the Big 12 does before making an irrational decision.

The decision could come from Oklahoma within the next few days or the next few weeks. Either way, I'm hoping they make the right call by staying in the Big 12.