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Trace Ford Opens Up About Transferring from Oklahoma State to OU

Trace Ford did the unthinkable this offseason and decided to transfer from Oklahoma State to Oklahoma, sending local media into a frenzy and sparking internet arguments of the likes of which I’ve rarely seen.

During open media sessions last week, the now-Sooners defensive end was clear that his decision was about two things: business and family.


“I like the culture here,” said Ford. “It’s like the Clemson culture; it’s very family-oriented. That’s what I’m all about. So I just loved it from the jump. I love [Brent] Venables’ defensive mind, and he can show me things that I don’t know. I’m just excited to learn from him.

“I looked at the facts, not the emotions, and I saw where I’d be the best fit [at OU],” he continued. “I thought this was the place for me.”

From here it gets a little uncomfortable for Pokes fans, as the Oklahoma State graduate admitted his childhood fandom of the Sooners.


“I grew up coming to Oklahoma games, those are the only games that I went to,” Ford said with a grin. “They didn’t really recruit me in high school, but obviously the coaches have changed, the people have changed, things have changed over the three years that I’ve been in college. … I’ve always liked OU, so I just went with it.”

With Ford crossing to the other side of the Bedlam rivalry, he will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to face the Pokes, in Stillwater, in the last scheduled Bedlam matchup for the foreseeable future. Make no mistake, he is looking forward to that experience.

“Definitely, the best day this year, for me, will be walking into Stillwater and playing [OSU], I’m very excited about that day.”

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