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OU interim president Joseph Harroz Jr.: Working on solutions 'daily' for athletics in the fall

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During his address at the OU Board of Regents meeting Friday, Joseph Harroz Jr., the school's interim president, said he anticipated athletics in the fall.

"We do not control our destiny in athletics. We're a part of a conference and a part of the NCAA. I can tell you we're working on it daily," Harroz said. "The intent is to have, and the belief right now is that there will be sports in the fall. The question in what form and exactly how is a question being worked on daily for which there are not bright and clear answers at this moment. It is a serious work in progress. It is important and material."

Harroz said that included football, which is far and away the primary revenue generator for the athletic department. 

"A lot of conversation going on. A deep desire to have it this fall and intention to have it this fall, but there are so many specifics that go into this that are just now being worked through that there is not clarity over exactly how it will occur," Harroz said. "But that's being worked on in a very aggressive and planful way."

Much of the focus of Friday's meeting, the board's first since early March, was on the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Joseph Harroz Jr., interim president of the University of Oklahoma, seen here in mid-November, said Friday at the OU Board of Regents meeting that he anticipated athletics returning in the fall but wasn't sure about specifics at this time. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Joseph Harroz Jr., interim president of the University of Oklahoma, seen here in mid-November, said Friday at the OU Board of Regents meeting that he anticipated athletics returning in the fall but wasn't sure about specifics at this time. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-61c49eeefc071d134a3f683f69daeec3.jpg" alt="Photo - Joseph Harroz Jr., interim president of the University of Oklahoma, seen here in mid-November, said Friday at the OU Board of Regents meeting that he anticipated athletics returning in the fall but wasn't sure about specifics at this time. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Joseph Harroz Jr., interim president of the University of Oklahoma, seen here in mid-November, said Friday at the OU Board of Regents meeting that he anticipated athletics returning in the fall but wasn't sure about specifics at this time. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Joseph Harroz Jr., interim president of the University of Oklahoma, seen here in mid-November, said Friday at the OU Board of Regents meeting that he anticipated athletics returning in the fall but wasn't sure about specifics at this time. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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