Dave Wilson, ESPN Staff WriterNov 2, 2023, 12:53 PM ET
- Dave Wilson is an editor for ESPN.com given that 2010. He formerly operated at The Dallas Morning News, San Diego Union-Tribune and Las Vegas Sun.
The last edition of the Bedlam competition video game in between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State didn’t require any additional heat.
Oklahoma protective lineman Trace Fordwho moved to the Sooners from Oklahoma State after appearing in 32 video games in 4 seasons for the Cowboys, included a little additional fuel to the fire anyhow.
In an interview Thursday early morning on WWLS radio, referred to as the “Sports Animal” in Oklahoma City, Ford was asked if had actually spoken with Cowboys coach Mike Gundy considering that he left.
“Not when, and he does not care that I left,” Ford stated. “He didn’t care that I was leaving when I will leave. I attempted to notify them, he didn’t care.
“I do not believe me and the personnel have the very best relationship. A few of the coaches still text me to this day, however not all of them. … When I was notifying the training personnel of thinking of leaving, they’re like, ‘OK, get on out of here.’ They’re basically like we do not wish to talk with you. That’s simply the life we live. It is what it is.”
On Monday, Gundy was inquired about Ford.
“I’ve viewed a great deal of tape and truthfully have actually not taken note or observed,” Gundy stated. “I take a look at ideas, plans, numbers. … What to attack, what I wish to keep away from, things like that more so always than who it would be, so I do not actually observe things like that.”
The radio station later on played those remarks for Ford, who responded, “He is actually wise with the media. He understands precisely what to state. He’s a little celeb when it pertains to that things. He enjoys being minor, and I can’t wait to play him. I can’t wait to see his face. If he hasn’t seen me on movie yet, I hope he does this weekend.”
This is an extension of a discussion that started this previous summer season, when Gundy was inquired about Ford’s transfer.
“Nothing surprises me any longer in college football. Ideally he’s healthy and can complete his profession strong,” the coach stated.
Ford two times suffered ACL tears in Stillwater– he tore his best ACL at the end of the 2020 season, then he tore this left ACL in 2021 spring practice, missing out on all of that season. In 2015, he fractured a patella and missed out on the last 4 video games of the season. In the 2019 and 2020 seasons, he was a respectable reference All-Big 12 choice by the league’s coaches. He had 59 takes on, 8.5 sacks and 11.5 takes on for loss in his Oklahoma State profession.
Ford stated this spring the injuries was among the factors he wished to leave, stating he simply required a modification of surroundings and was advised of his injuries each time he strolled into Boone Pickens Stadium. An Oklahoma local, he remained in-state and made what he called a “vibrant option” to move to OSU’s greatest competitor, which clearly made him a good deal of reject from Cowboys fans.
“It was difficult,” he stated in February, according to the Tulsa World. “I understand what’s finest for my profession, and I satisfied individuals here and my frame of mind altered about Oklahoma and how I felt about them. At the end of the day, it was organization for me and I’m delighted I’m here.”
This season, Ford, working his method back from the injury and turning with the Sooners’ protective linemen, has 10 deals with, 2 deals with for loss, an interception and 3 quarterback rushes.
Chaos, which has actually been played 117 times, going back to 1904, is pertaining to an end due to the fact that of Oklahoma’s departure for the SEC. That has actually seen ticket rates skyrocket in Stillwater, with rates varying in between $350 on the low wind up to $5,000 on all the significant resale markets.
Oklahoma is 91-19-7 perpetuity in Bedlam, however the Cowboys beat the Sooners 37-33 in the Sooners’ last journey to Stillwater, before then-Sooners coach Lincoln Riley quickly left for USC the next day. The Sooners won 28-13 in Brent Venables’ very first season in 2015.