Porter Moser in favor of Bedlam continuing between OU-OSU

On3 imageby:Bob Przybylo02/09/24

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Everybody understands how tough it will be to keep Bedlam football a thing between OU and Oklahoma State.

But basketball? That’s a different animal. Schedules aren’t made years in advance or anything like that. It will come down to logistics more than anything else.

However, first impressions from OU head coach Porter Moser and OSU’s Mike Boynton say let’s go ahead and try to figure this out.

“Yea, we talked to Mike,” said Moser on Friday. “I think why not? It’s meant a lot to the state and it’s been a rivalry. There will be a lot of things semantic-wise to get done. But why not for the future? I just — I think it’s something I’m not against. I don’t think he’s against. It’s just figuring it out. Figuring it out, I think that’s going to be the biggest key is that. But it’s been a meaningful thing for the state in all sports so I don’t know why not.”

The first edition of Bedlam is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center. It’s a huge one for Moser. He doesn’t like to talk about it, but Moser is 1-9 vs. OSU and Texas in his three seasons.

That includes an 0-3 mark against OSU last season.

“I don’t want to get ahead of anything, but Porter and I have discussed it,” Boynton said. “I do think there’ll still be a basketball game. Don’t know if it’ll happen next year. Some of the non-conference stuff is kind of ahead of what you would think for a game like that, which would require a lot of logistical ‘where do you play it? Do you play it every other year? Do you play it at a neutral site?’ I would put the chances of it happening next year pretty small. But I don’t think it’s over for basketball.”

Remembering Toby Keith

Bedlam round 1 will have an even more special feeling with a celebration of the life of Toby Keith. Moser was emotional in talking about Keith following Tuesday’s victory.

A few days later, and Keith’s death earlier this week still hits hard. And Moser is incredibly excited about what’s to come this weekend.

“It means a lot,” Moser said. “I mean obviously the BYU game was fresh off the day we lost him. And a lot of emotions gone through and now it’s been a couple days and still those emotions are… It’s just, it’s awesome to see the whole world reflecting. From celebrities in all areas. Whether it’s the music industry, whether it’s media, seeing media celebrities with their talk shows do things, whether it’s the military, whether it’s all the charities that’s he’s done with.

“The amount of different areas of outreach that are celebrating his life, that is a legacy. And we’ll be celebrating that tomorrow here at the arena as well. As far as I’m concerned I’ll be celebrating that legacy a long time.” 

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