Gundy: Bedlam ends 'someone else's decision'

Gundy: Bedlam ends ‘someone else’s decision’

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Tuesday that any discussion of his school’s role in the future of Bedlam’s rivalry with Oklahoma is “childish.”

Athletic directors from both schools told Action Network on Monday that the series will officially end when Oklahoma leaves for the SEC.

“We don’t have any openings to play them,” Oklahoma State athletic director Chad Weiberg said. “We are complete. Unless there are major commitments for the game to happen, it cannot happen.”

Weiberg’s counterpart in Oklahoma, Joe Castiglione, said the Cowboys chose not to continue the series.

“Oklahoma State has shown no interest in scheduling future football games, so we’re moving on,” he said.

On Tuesday, Gundy told reporters during Cowboys practice that while he loved Castiglione, “we have to stop beating around the bush and call it what it is.”

“Bedlam is history, we all know that. We know that,” Gundy said, “because OU chose to follow Texas and SEC money. That’s OK. So now we have this which I think are childish talk, in my opinion, about something being done. And I would like to make this last statement I have because I don’t hold a grudge.

“But what’s happening now is almost a situation with a husband and wife, or a girlfriend and a boyfriend when you know you’re completely wrong and you’re trying to turn it around and make them think they’re are wrong, when the state of Oklahoma has nothing to do with it.”

Later Tuesday, Castiglione told ESPN that Oklahoma has a bit more non-conference scheduling flexibility than Oklahoma State, but hasn’t given up a future Bedlam Series entirely.

“I think it will come back at some point in the 2030s,” he said.

Castiglione added that the Sooners were talking with Oklahoma State officials about the possibility of participating in other sports they have in common, but “football is a little different” because they plan more outside. advance and there are fewer non-conference opportunities and dates to work with than there are in Other Sports.

“It makes perfect sense for us to keep the two schools competitive,” he said.

Weiberg told ESPN later Tuesday that the Cowboys’ schedule is nearly full through 2038 with non-conference Power 5 opponents including Arkansas, Oregon, Alabama, Nebraska and Colorado. Weiberg said those games were scheduled before Oklahoma announced its intention to eventually join the SEC.

“They made the decision they made for reasons that made sense to them, and I understand that, but those decisions have consequences and this could be one,” Weiberg said.

The Big 12 faces nine Power 5 opponents as part of its conference schedule, so there’s reluctance to schedule two more non-conference Power 5 opponents. Advance is that it gives more options, but that doesn’t mean Bedlam can’t come back at some point. He said decisions are based on logistics — not emotions.

“Once we start coming out towards the end of our current deals, then can conversations be able to happen about that takeover? That’s kind of what you see,” he said. “It’s not unusual for these rivalries to come to a halt when teams change conferences. Texas and Texas A&M were put on hiatus. Oklahoma and Nebraska played for the first time in nearly a decade. C is a normal byproduct of conference realignment.”

Gundy said the Cowboys weren’t involved in what he called the months of “multi-billion dollar talks” between Oklahoma and the SEC, and therefore had no choice in the matter.

“So everybody has to get over it and move on and stop trying to turn the tables,” he said. “It’s kind of comical that they still want to put us in this equation. Let’s not reverse roles. Let’s just say, ‘Hey, look, we chose to follow Texas and take the money and we’re going to the SEC.’ It’s fine. Let’s stop talking about it. Let’s talk about football.”

Gundy was candid about the end of the rivalry, which was first played in 1904 with 116 encounters since then. In July, during the Big 12 media days, he declared that the series was coming to an end.

“Bedlam’s future is a year or two away,” he said in July. “I mean, it’s the future that’s based on someone else’s decision.”

Gundy predicted that most conferences would expand to nine conference games, which would make scheduling non-conference games even more difficult, especially when the Cowboys’ schedule was already booked through 2032 or 2033.

“You talk about buyouts and you talk about convincing the head coaches to play another game, which would be like playing another conference game,” Gundy said in July. “There’s a lot going on. I think most fans would love to do it. I just don’t think it’s doable, in my opinion.”

Gundy also said at that time that if he were new Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark, he would not allow Texas and Oklahoma into league business meetings.

“I say that jokingly,” Gundy said. “But I mean, if you’re strategically in a business meeting, if it’s two cell phone companies, I don’t want anyone from their company in my company.”

ESPN Senior Writer Heather Dinich contributed to this report.

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