It’s been a crazy few days in the Big 12 conference. While Texas and Oklahoma steal the headlines heading off to the SEC, there are still plenty of questions as to what will happen with the other eight teams in the conference.
Since both Texas and Oklahoma are basically out at this point, quite a few people have had plenty to say about them leaving. Oklahoma State University President Dr. Kayse Shrum has already bashed in-state rival Oklahoma once already last week but now she’s back it at again with another strong statement regarding the University of Oklahoma as well as what the plans are for Oklahoma State.
She shared a thread on Twitter saying, “Earlier today OU delivered a document to the Big 12 Conference office which indicated they will not sign the grant of rights agreement in 2024-25. This action was strategic, deliberate and is the result of months of planning with the SEC. We believe these conversations, which developed over a long period of time, are in clear breach of the bylaws of the Big 12 Conference and broke a bond of trust between our universities in existence for decades. It is difficult to understand how an Oklahoma institution of higher education would follow the University of Texas to the detriment of the State of Oklahoma. Nevertheless, we are turning our eyes to the future and looking at what is best for Oklahoma State University. Over the last few days, I have received countless phone calls, texts and emails from high-ranking officials and members of the Cowboy family showing their support for OSU as we navigate the road ahead. Regardless of what comes next, OSU is dedicated to the State of Oklahoma. We remain confident that Oklahoma State is in the strongest position we have ever been in, and I am excited about the future of Oklahoma State University, our land-grant mission, world-class faculty and top-notch athletic programs.”
It’s obvious she is upset with Oklahoma’s decision to bolt to the SEC, and it will be interesting to see how things continue to play out over the next few weeks. Also, what will Oklahoma State now do and what will be done to protect the Beldam rivalry moving forward? There are still plenty of questions that must be answered but if one thing is for sure, there are plenty of people upset with Texas and Oklahoma.