Needing someone strong and savvy to mend the Big 12, the league has turned to a former Big Eight commissioner who also helped usher in the era of college football as big business.
The University of Oklahoma's board of regents granted school president David Boren the authority to take action regarding conference realignment on Monday.
The Pac-12 is working on a deal to bring Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to the conference, according to a report by the American-Statesman.
Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds says the Longhorns are still "looking at all options" before deciding whether to stay in the crumbling Big 12 or move to another league.
Beyond the ivy-covered walls of major American colleges sit powerful men who often know long before anyone else does when the team's coach will be fired (or a new one will be hired). Chances are they had something to do with it.
Everyone knows Blake Griffin. But the point guard who helped OU end its long losing streak to Texas on Monday might be the key for the Sooners.