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OSU top brass release statements following Big 12 additions

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Weiberg and Shrum

It might have taken a few months, but the Big 12 has found its newest members. 

On Friday, the Big 12's eight continuing members voted unanimously to add BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston to the conference, mere months after Oklahoma and Texas announced intentions to leave for the SEC. 

The new additions prompted Dr. Kayse Shrum, Oklahoma State's president and Chad Weiberg, OSU's athletic director to release statements shortly after the news broke. 

"Today's vote represents the first of many steps to take place over the next couple of years," Shrum's statement read. "I am enthusiastic about the future of Oklahoma State University athletics as part of the reimagined Big 12 sith the addition of Brigham Young University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Houston and the University of Cincinnati."

Shrum said the new additions give the conference "an impressive geographical footprint", as the Big 12 now has a member school in eight different states. 

She also commended Weiberg's leadership for OSU over the past several months. Weiberg and Shrum stepped into their new roles at OSU on July 1. 

Weiberg released a separate statement about the conference realignment. 

"The Big 12 will remain a nationally strong league that will continue to provide current and future OSU student-athletes the opportunity to compete for championships at the highest level," Weiberg said. 

Coach Mike Gundy also released a statement early Friday, saying the Big 12 has been one of the best conference's the past 25 years, and will continue to be. 

"The addition of these four programs will allow us to introduce our brand of football to fans in new locations," Gundy's statement read. "I welcome the new conference members, and look forward to competing against them while maintaining competition with out long-standing league members. We have the best of both worlds."

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