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Bedford's ‘roaches' remark won't go away

By Mike Baldwin Published: January 14, 2007
STILLWATER — Vance Bedford, informed Friday he will not return as Oklahoma State's defensive coordinator, probably will be best remembered for his "roaches” comment.

Two days after a loss to Houston, Bedford compared OSU fans, who he later termed as "fence straddlers”, to roaches jumping a sinking ship.

"I appreciate the support of our fans, but my comment about the roaches, I'm not taking that back,” Bedford said. "The true fans knew it wasn't meant for them. The true fans kept showing up (at games).

"When I first got here everybody was talking about what (former OSU defensive coordinator) Bill Clay didn't do. Those same fans talked about things I didn't do.

"I have the utmost respect for the other 90 percent, those people who show up and support the program win, lose or draw.”

Bedford said he's made several phone calls in search of another job either in college or the NFL. He said he leaves Stillwater on good terms with coach Mike Gundy.

"I feel Mike has grown quite a bit as a head football coach,” Bedford said. "They have a great staff. I feel the program is headed in the right direction. I feel coach Gundy will do a great job here.”

Asked if he feels good about his two-year tenure as OSU's defensive coordinator, Bedford responded:

"That's an understatement. I've met some amazing people here. When I left here the first time, we had some people who remained friends and came up to Michigan and Chicago to see us. The people, the players, the coaching staff, yeah, I enjoyed it here.”

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