The Bedlam fate that Mike Gundy has been forecasting for months seems closer to reality.
Last November, the Oklahoma State coach was the first from either university to publicly say he didn’t see the Bedlam football series lasting beyond OU’s move to the Southeastern Conference.
“I don’t think it’s a realistic thing that it’s gonna happen based on the business side of Power Five conference football in the Big 12 or the SEC,” Gundy said a few days before his Cowboys’ 37-33 victory over OU in Stillwater last November. “I could be wrong.”
Doesn’t look like he’s wrong.
Now, the athletic directors of both universities have offered additional thoughts on the demise of Bedlam, as detailed in Tuesday’s report from Brett McMurphy of Action Network.
Logistical issues in scheduling appear to be blocking the game from being played — at least for several years — after OU leaves the Big 12 for the SEC, which will happen no later than the 2025 season.
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“We’re moving on, they’re moving on,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione told The Oklahoman on Tuesday. “Moving on well down the road may open up opportunities to schedule home-and-home in consecutive years, where it doesn’t work in the early years.
“I can only speak for us. We have a willingness and an openness to try and find a way, regardless of when it happens.”
OSU athletic director Chad Weiberg pointed to the same difficulties he and Gundy have been presenting for months.
Both programs have maintained a similar scheduling structure, which aligns with nearly every Power Five program that plays nine conference games. That includes just one nonconference game per season against a Power Five opponent.
That slot in the Cowboys’ future schedules is filled for every…
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