OU football: Controversial Bedlam tweet likely made by non-OU employee

University statement said, “It was an unauthorized use of the account and to the best of our knowledge the post was made by someone who is not employed by the university.”
by Ryan Aber Published: December 9, 2013

NORMAN — The Twitter handle for the University of Oklahoma's compliance department was inactive until late Monday after a Saturday tweet about OU's 33-24 Bedlam football win over Oklahoma State.

“I love being a SOONER. Millions $ loss for OSU. #bedlam,” the account posted following the game.

The message was quickly taken down — though not before plenty of people took screenshots — and three more tweets posted blaming the account on a hacker and apologizing for the initial tweet.

Monday, an OU athletics spokesman released a statement on the posts.

“It was an unauthorized use of the account and to the best of our knowledge the post was made by someone who is not employed by the university,” the statement read. “Once the posting was noticed, the account was disabled and it remains disabled at this time.”

The account was taken down over the weekend but was up again late Monday, though there had not been any posts since the apologies.

The compliance account, which has nearly 4,300 followers, was, until recently, run by Toby Baldwin, the compliance department's director of education.

The account typically features a combination of serious answers on NCAA rules — to both fans and athletes — and lighthearted exchanges relating to compliance. The hashtag #ComplyLikeAChampion is regularly used.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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