While folks much smarter than me ponder the suppossed Big12 conspiracy against the SEC, it is amazing the high level in which the Oklahoma athetic programs compete at, whille ranking amongst the nation's best in academics. The pride, dedication and commitment that the University of Oklahoma's Athletic Department puts on academics is not only admirable, but has become a strong recruiting tool. Numerous recruits in all sports talk about the educational support programs provided by OU as one of the primary triggers for their committing to the University of Oklahoma.
Afterall, most of these student-athletes will not be making millions in the NBA or NFL, but will need to have a diploma and education to carry them throughout their professional life. The coaches in all the sports seem to highlight this fact and go out of the way to make the educational support programs part of a recruit's official and unofficial visit to the university.
This is why several recruits that could not get into Nebraska, OU, Kansa and others have found themselves entering an SEC, Conference USA ot other conference where some (not all - Vanderbilt, Tulsa, etc...) have lower academic standards and can accept an athlete that may not be able to academically compete at other higher-learning institutions.
So, hats off to the Sooners for their focus on education and athletics and ensuring those that attend OU go into the world with the tools to be successful.