With reports swirling that Oklahoma and Texas could soon be leaving the Big 12 Conference for the SEC, Oklahoma State University has responded to the news with a statement that questions the loyalty of Texas and Oklahoma, while also assuring their alumni base that they will fight for their University as best as they can.
Oklahoma State issued a statement saying, “We have heard unconfirmed reports that OU and UT approached Southeastern Conference officials about joining the SEC. We are gathering information and will monitor closely. If true, we would be gravely disappointed. While we place a premium on history, loyalty and trust, be assured, we will aggressively defend and advance what is best for Oklahoma State and our strong athletic program, which continues to excel in the Big 12 and nationally.”
It was long considered that wherever the Oklahoma Sooners would go, if conference realignment were to happen again, they would do what many consider to be the “right thing” and be a packaged deal with the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
However, that’s not what is on the table, and Oklahoma certainly didn’t deny the rumors today.
Oklahoma State’s athletic program hasn’t just succeeded in football, it’s been incredibly successful in several other sports, like golf, wrestling, basketball, baseball, cross country and others. In total, Oklahoma State has 52 NCAA team national titles, which ranks fourth in most NCAA team national championships.
But if this goes down the way it appears like it might, following what happens to the Oklahoma State Cowboys will be one of the most fascinating moves in this game of college football realignment chess.