TAHLEQUAH - A gentlemen's wager has transformed this afternoon's football game between Edmond's University of Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State University into more than just a game.
The leaders of Oklahoma's two largest regional universities have initiated a ritual that now includes a special trophy. UCO President Roger Webb and Northeastern President Larry Williams have agreed to award the President's Cup to the winner of each year's contest.
Pep rallies and golf also are part of the schools' pact.
The losing institution's top administrator will treat his counterpart to a round of golf, a dozen golf balls and will pay for the winning team's game-day morning pep rally in either Edmond or Tahlequah.
Today's National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II's Lone Star Conference championship game between UCO's Bronchos and Northeastern's Redmen is the culmination of a great season for both teams and the continuation of a long-standing, friendly rivalry between the two schools, Webb and Williams said in a news release.
UCO is ranked No. 1 in the country in NCAA Division II with a 10-0 record, while NSU is 8-1 .
"This is a good release for our students, faculty administrators," Webb said Friday of formally recognizing the rivalry.
Four busloads of UCO supporters are traveling to Tahlequah for today's 2 p.m. game. "I have known Roger Webb for nearly 25 years, and I have great respect for the work he has done and is doing as a university president, but we are both competitive people, and the winner obviously will have a lot to brag about for the next year," Williams said.
Webb is a former Northeastern president. Williams is a former vice president at UCO.Archive ID: 742761