Oklahoma State 'would be gravely disappointed' if OU left Big 12 for SEC
STILLWATER — New Oklahoma State president Kayse Shrum offered her thoughts on OU's work to set up a potential move to the Southeastern Conference.
Shrum, still in her first month on the job, issued a statement on Twitter on Friday afternoon.
"We are disappointed by the lack of engagement and transparency from our colleagues at OU over the past months on a matter with serious ramifications for our state," Shrum said. "We have historically worked together to advance our state and address issues based on a partnership built on trust.
"To that end, we will continue to work with purpose to the advancement of our state and the betterment of our fellow Oklahomans. In the ever-changing college athletic landscape, we will honor our values and ethics as we consider the next steps.
"Our commitment to our student-athletes is top of mind, and their best interests will be represented prominently. We enjoy a proud athletic heritage with more National Championships than any other Big 12 university, and we will aggressively pursue the opportunities ahead.
"Additionally, our university enjoys a great brand known for education, research, and service, and we will move forward with strength."
With news breaking on Wednesday that Oklahoma and Texas have explored the possibility of a jump to the Southeastern Conference, as first reported by the Houston Chronicle, Shrum and new OSU athletic director Chad Weiberg will have their hands full until the dust settles on the latest realignment uproar.
On Wednesday, the university issued a statement regarding the initial reports.
“We have heard unconfirmed reports that OU and UT approached Southeastern Conference officials about joining the SEC,” said the statement released by OSU, but attributed to no one specifically. “We are gathering information and will monitor closely. If true, we would be gravely disappointed. While we place a premium on history, loyalty and trust, be assured, we will aggressively defend and advance what is best for Oklahoma State and our strong athletic program, which continues to excel in the Big 12 and nationally.”