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Mike Boynton: Oklahoma State Hoops is ‘Well-Positioned’ for Realignment

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Mike Boynton Jr. says he feels the Oklahoma State basketball program is “well-positioned” for success, whether it’s in the current Big 12 or somewhere else.

Boynton did an extended interview with CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein during Rothstein’s weekly ‘College Hoops Today’ podcast, and they touched on a variety of topics. One of those topics was college realignment, in the wake of Oklahoma and Texas announcing their departure for the Southeastern Conference in 2025.

Boynton said that he has certainly thought about what is happening in the larger world of college athletics. But he said that, after dealing with the uncertainty of the NCAA’s investigation of the program the last four years, he is better equipped to handle the uncertainty surrounding college realignment.

 

“We’ve dealt with uncertainty, and what we’ve been able to do with that is have a great group of young men who have been able to focus on the things that we can control and then go out there and put the work in and try to accomplish some of the goals that we have for them as individuals and for our program,” Boynton told Rothstein. “So as we move forward, obviously it’s (realignment) at the top of our minds, there’s no question. We think about it, but it doesn’t dominate our thoughts. It’s something that we know is going to happen. At some point there’s going to be some changes to how this all looks. But when we get there, we feel like we’ll be well positioned to continue to have success at Oklahoma State University.”

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Boynton said didn’t want to speculate on what might happen next. But, in the next couple of weeks it appears that the Pac-12 Conference will announce whether it intends to seek expansion. That could have a direct impact on the remaining eight teams in the Big 12, in terms of whether they stayed together and expand or see the conference further splinter.

Oklahoma State has seen some significant turnover administratively in the past several months, with a new athletic director (Chad Weiberg) and a new university president (Kayse Shrum). Boynton is entering his fifth season as the head basketball coach and is coming off a 2020-21 season in which he took the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his tenure.

He told Rothstein during the podcast that he has high expectations for the Cowboys this season, even though they will be without Cade Cunningham, the former All-American who left after one season to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft.

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