When it comes to the end of Bedlam football rivalry, coach Mike Gundy insists ‘Oklahoma State has no part in this’ – ESPN

When it comes to the end of Bedlam football rivalry, coach Mike Gundy insists 'Oklahoma State has no part in this' - ESPN

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Tuesday that any discussion about his school’s role in the future of the Bedlam rivalry with Oklahoma was “childish.”

Athletic directors from both schools told the Action Network on Monday that the streak will officially end when Oklahoma leaves for the SEC.

“We don’t have any openings to play them,” Oklahoma State’s Chad Weiberg said. “We are full. Unless there are major businesses to make the game happen, it can’t happen.”

Weiberg’s counterpart at Oklahoma, Joe Castiglione, said the Cowboys chose not to continue with the series.

“Oklahoma State has shown no interest in scheduling future games in football, so we’re moving on,” he said.

On Tuesday, Gundy told reporters at Cowboys practice that while he likes Castiglione, “We’ve got to stop beating around the bush and call it what it is.”

“Bedlam is history, we all know that. We knew that,” Gundy said, “because OU chose to follow Texas and the money to the SEC. It’s fine. So now, we have what I think are childish discussions. , according to me, about something done. And I would like to make this the last statement I have because I have no difficulties.

“But what’s happening now is almost a situation with a husband and a wife, or a girlfriend and a boyfriend, when you know you’re completely wrong and you’re trying to turn the tables and make them think they’re wrong, when Oklahoma State has no part in this.”

Later Tuesday, Castiglione told ESPN that Oklahoma has slightly more nonconference scheduling flexibility than Oklahoma State, but he hasn’t completely given up on a future Bedlam series.

“I think it will come back sometime in the 2030s,” he said. Castiglione added that the Sooners are talking with Oklahoma State officials about competing in other sports they have in common, but “football is a little different” because they plan more in advance and there are fewer non-conference opportunities and dates to work with than there are inside. other sports.

“It makes perfect sense for us to continue the competition between the two schools,” he said.

Gundy said the Cowboys were not involved in what he called the months of “multibillion-dollar conversations” between Oklahoma and the SEC, and therefore had no choice in the matter.

“So, everybody needs to get over it and move on and stop trying to turn the tables,” he said. “It’s kind of funny that they still want to bring us into this equation. Let’s not turn the tables. Let’s just say, ‘Hey, look, we chose to go after Texas and take the money and we’re going to the SEC.'” It’s all good. . Let’s stop talking about it. Let’s talk about football.”

Gundy was open on the end of the rivalry, which was first played in 1904 with 116 meetings since then. In July, at Big 12 media days, he said the streak was over.

“Bedlam’s future is a year or two away,” he said in July. “I mean, that’s the future that’s based on someone else’s decision.”

Gundy predicted that most conferences would move to nine conference games, making it even more difficult for non-conference games to be scheduled, especially when the Cowboys’ schedule was already booked through 2032 or 2033.

“You’re talking about contract buyouts, and you’re talking about convincing head coaches to play another game, which would be like playing another conference game,” Gundy said in July. “There’s a lot going on. I think most fans would love to do it. I just don’t think it’s feasible to happen, in my opinion.”

Gundy also said at the time that if he were new Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark, he would not allow Texas and Oklahoma in league business meetings.

“I say that jokingly,” Gundy said. “But I mean, if you’re strategically in a business meeting, if it’s two cell phone companies, I don’t want any of their company in my company.”

ESPN Senior Writer Heather Dinich contributed to this report.

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