Oklahoma President Joe Harroz weighs in on future of Bedlam rivalry after move to SEC
One of the secondary issues about Oklahoma’s move to the SEC is what is the future of the Bedlam rivalry with Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma President Joe Harroz discussed the issue following a vote by the school’s board of regents to move to the SEC. The Cowboys and Sooners have played one another almost every year since 1904. The last time that the two did not square off at least once in a season came in 1909. But the series has been heavily skewed in one direction.
“We want the Bedlam rivalry to continue well past the expiration of this media rights agreement,” Oklahoma president Joe Harroz said Friday following the board’s vote, per 247Sports. “Make no mistake. We want the Bedlam rivalry to continue. Make no mistake. Even with this change, we want to play Oklahoma State in every sport in every year.”
Oklahoma has won the Bedlam rivalry for six straight years and has won 16 of the last 18 meetings between the two schools, dating back to the 2003 season. The Cowboys won the game in 2011 and 2014. Oklahoma leads the series 90-18-7.
Kayse Shrum, the president of Oklahoma State, previously criticized the move by the Sooners.
“We are disappointed by the lack of engagement and transparency from our colleagues at OU over the past months on a matter with serious ramifications for our state,” she tweeted. “We have historically worked together to advance our state and address issues based on a partnership built on trust.”