College football fans may soon see the end of the sport’s biggest rivalries. It appears that conference realignment may bring an end to “Bedlam”.
The possibility is one that has been brought up before. Just before last year’s meeting between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, Mike Gundy revealed that he believed Oklahoma’s move to the SEC could bring an end to the rivalry.
Now it’s the athletic directors from both schools who seem to believe the rivalry could soon be coming to an end. The ADs spoke with the Action Network’s Brett McMurphy and both seemed to indicate this rivalry would end when Oklahoma joins the SEC.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State both indicate Bedlam has no future after Sooners join the SEC
Bedlam Series b/w Oklahoma & Oklahoma State is done when OU joins SEC, both ADs told @ActionNetworkHQ. Bedlam Series is latest iconic rivalry destroyed by conference realignmenthttps://t.co/8okSJVAicK
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 20, 2022
Oklahoma State AD Chad Weiberg blamed a lack of openings to play them in the schedules for future season.
“It (playing Oklahoma) presents logistical issues under our current (scheduling) structure. We don’t have any openings to play them. We’re full. Unless there are significant undertakings to make the game happen, it can’t happen.”
Oklahoma’s AD, Joe Castiglione, placed the blame on Oklahoma State for not showing interest in scheduling the Sooner as a non-conference opponent.
Oklahoma State has shown no interest to schedule any future games in football, so we’re moving on (with filling OU’s future nonconference openings).
The Bedlam rivalry began in 1904 and has been played in each of the last 112 years, but it looks like that is a tradition that will end soon.
With only 19 wins over the course of the rivalry, Oklahoma State might not be as upset about the end of Bedlam as college football fans will be.
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