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OU, OSU will likely stick together in conference realignment

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: August 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm •  Published: August 31, 2011

Whether part of another new-look Big 12 or a move to another league, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State most likely will remain together in the same conference.

Officials from both schools have said the Bedlam relationship has never been better. And while it's debatable whether state politics would intervene should OU seek to join another conference and leave OSU behind, such a scenario is unlikely.

The Sooners, who carry more clout in conference realignment discussions because of their national brand, would be looking for allies if they were to consider another league, for purposes of scheduling and maintaining familiar rivalries.

Fans are split on the Bedlam relationship.

“I want to stay with OU for sure,” said OSU senior Matthew Roche. “I want to keep that Bedlam rivalry going. It would be cool to keep the Big 12. But I don't know what teams (to get), especially with TCU signing on with the Big East.”

John Lovoi, an OU graduate and a Houston doctor, said it's essential the Cowboys and Sooners play in the same league.

“The rivalry issue is a real sticking point for OU for any move with UT and OSU,” Lovoi said. “It is very important to keep playing UT and OSU every year.”

Regardless how the Big 12 saga unfolds, OSU megabooster Boone Pickens is confident the Cowboys and Sooners will be in the same conference, whether that's the Big 12 or a proposed Pac-16.

“OU and OSU have to stick together,” Pickens said.

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