‘Childish’: Mike Gundy Sounds Off On Bedlam Ending

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Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy didn’t hold back when discussing the rivalry with Oklahoma ending.

The Sooners and Cowboys will now longer play the Bedlam rivalry series once the Sooners leave the Big 12 for the SEC in 2025 at the latest.

The man leading the Cowboys offered some blunt thoughts and made it crystal clear OSU had nothing to do with the decision.

The Bedlam rivalry will end when Oklahoma joins the SEC. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

“Bedlam history. We all know that because OU chose to follow Texas and the money to the SEC,” Gundy told the press Monday.

While Gundy claimed to have no “hard feelings” towards OU, he made it clear he finds it to be a “childish” situation comparable to a bad relationship.

“What’s going on now is almost like a situation with a husband and a wife or a girlfriend and a boyfriend. When you know you’re dead wrong and you try to turn the table to make them think they’re wrong, when Oklahoma State has no part in this. We didn’t have anything to do with their negotiations with the SEC,” the famous football coach added.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy seems to have a point.

I think it’s safe to say Gundy has a bit of a bone to pick with how the whole situation has been handled. He definitely isn’t happy with blame being shifted to OSU.

That much is obvious to anyone with eyes and ears.

Mike Gundy talks Oklahoma/Oklahoma State rivalry ending. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Sooners AD Joe Castiglione told Brett McMurphy, “Oklahoma State has shown no interest to schedule any future games in football, so we’re moving on (with filling OU’s future non-conference openings).”

That definitely makes it sound like OSU is responsible for the rivalry ending. However, it’s not the Cowboys who decided to ditch the Big 12 for a huge payday in the SEC.

Mike Gundy reacts to Bedlam ending. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

As Mike Gundy pointed out, the situation is what it is. Playing the blame game at this point isn’t bringing the rivalry back. Time for everyone to move on.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. Gundy and OSU are completely wrong and they know it. Oklahoma State didnt get into the SEC. It wasnt for the lack of trying. OSU has coat tailed OU for their entire existence. Gundy’s biggest problem is that little brother would have done the exact same thing if offered to go to the SEC. OSU wouldve done it and now they begrudge OU for it and then claim it kills a rivalry. Well a “rivalry that is 90-19 isnt a rivalry. OU doesnt need OSU. OSU has to have OSU. Gundy needs to stop whining and focus on next weeks game.

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