On Wednesday, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione opened up about the Sooners jump from the Big-12 to the SEC. Touching on Big-12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby's criticism and the timing of the news.
According to Castiglione, the Oklahoma did not want news of the move to come out during SEC media days. But once it did, the university had to roll with it.
“We didn’t have any plan to handle it that way," Castiglione explained. "The timing was not of our choosing... The rumors broke and it necessitated a different kind of plan," per college football writer Ross Dellenger.
Bowlsby called OU's defection a "personal betrayal." Back in October, the Big-12 commish had this to say about his relationship with Oklahoma's AD:
“Our first priority is to make sure that the coaches and the student-athletes have the fairest and best experience they can have going forward,” Bowlsby told Tulsa World. “And that’s just our professional responsibility to do that.
"Having said that, you know, Joe has been a longtime colleague and friend, and you know, we will work together because we have to. But friendships are based on trust," he continued.
"And I would say trust is at an all-time low.”