Oklahoma State’s new president Kayse Shrum stepped into her new job in just the last few weeks and now she’s being tested with possible conference realignment.
One of the big questions facing Oklahoma State, other than what their future is as an athletic department, is whether or not the Cowboys would continue playing the Oklahoma Sooners after they leave for the SEC.
On Sunday, we got a glimpse into that answer when Shrum, as part of a long Twitter thread, was clearly non-committal, saying, “Many have asked about the future of Bedlam. We enjoy the intensity and tradition whenever we play OU in any sport. Right now, there are too many unknowns to determine what the future holds.”
This follows some pretty honest comments from Dr. Shrum, who also said last week that Oklahoma “followed” Texas to the SEC and she has continued to point out the lack of loyalty to the state by the University of Oklahoma. And prior to that, she also called out OU, saying, there was a “lack of engagement and transparency from our colleagues at OU over the past months on a matter with serious ramifications for our state. We have historically worked together to advance our state and address issues based on a partnership built on trust.”
Shrum’s statement on Bedlam comes days after Oklahoma President Joseph Harroz said at the meeting on Friday, “Make no mistake, we want the Bedlam rivalry to continue.”
But obviously, it takes two to tango and it’s not clear the Oklahoma State Cowboys are eager to schedule a game against the Sooners any time soon. This may be the case of time healing wounds, as this game remains a huge draw and whenever the game is at Boone Pickens Stadium it’s an enormous economic benefit to Stillwater. But just look at Texas and Texas A&M. It’s been 10 years for them and had Texas not just joined the SEC, it likely would have been a lot longer.
We’ll see what this all means for Bedlam.