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LSC Break-up

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IT SEEMED LIKE WE TALKED FOR TWO WEEKS STRAIGHT ABOUT A POTENTIAL BREAK-UP OF THE BIG-12...AND NOW IT'S FILTERED DOWN TO THE LONE STAR CONFERENCE...ALLEGEDLY, CENTRAL OKLAHOMA AND NORTHEASTERN STATE HAVE DECIDED TO LEAVE THE LSC AND JOIN UP WITH THE M-I-A-A...THAT CONFERENCE IS SPREAD ACROSS MISSOURI AND KANSAS...

SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE, SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE, AND EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY IN ADA ALONG WITH SIX SCHOOLS IN ARKANSAS ARE LOOKING TO FORM THEIR OWN LEAGUE.

SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT -- "ANY DECISIONS REGARDING THE INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS PROGRAM AT SOUTHEASTERN WILL BE BASED ON THE BEST INTEREST OF THE UNIVERSITY AND IT'S STUDENT-ATHLETES.  OVER THE YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN OPPORTUNITIES AND OPTIONS PRESENTED AS FAR AS CONFERENCE ALIGNMENTS AND RE-ALIGNMENTS.  AS WE'VE SEEN WITH THE BIG-12 AND SEVERAL OTHER LARGE CONFERENCES RECENTLY, THE WORLD OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS CAN EVOLVE.  AS A UNIVERSITY, WE OWE IT TO OUR STUDENTS TO EXAMINE ANY OPPORTUNITIES THAT COULD BE OF BENEFIT TO OUR INSTITUTION"

WHAT'S INTERESTING IS THAT RUMORS OF THIS HAPPENING HAVE BEEN FLOATING AROUND FOR WEEKS AND NO ONE HAS EVEN BOTHERED TO NOTIFY THE LONE STAR CONFERENCE OFFICE ABOUT ANY OF THIS -- "OFFICIALLY" THEY DON'T KNOW A THING ABOUT IT...THE SCHOOLS HAVE UNTIL AUGUST FIRST OR THEY ARE IN FOR THREE MORE YEARS...THEY ARE COMMITTED FOR TWO YEARS -- ALTHOUGH THERE IS A BUYOUT.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE BUYOUT IS RELATIVE TO THE NUMBER OF GAMES PLAYED...MOST PLAY 10-12 SPORTS AND A BUYOUT WOULD COST AROUND $35,000 PER BUYOUT YEAR...IT'S AFFORDABLE SINCE MOST SCHOOLS ATHLETIC BUDGETS ARE AROUND TWO AND FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.

NONE OF THIS IS OFFICIAL...WE'LL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST.