The shortsightedness, she burns.
First off, I disagree with McMurphy’s take. The rivalry isn’t being destroyed by conference realignment. It’s being destroyed by choice. Nobody is stopping those schools from continuing to play each other, except for the two of them. Whether that’s due to sheer pettiness, laziness (OSU has four games scheduled with Arkansas; how hard would it be to drop those for Oklahoma?) or simply a desire to play with a new toy I can’t say, but it’s something they could address if they wanted to.
And while I agree with Solomon’s overall point, I think he’s misjudged those who choose to push regional rivalries aside. They’re greedy, not moronic. They do care, because that’s how they get paid. It’s simply that they’ve convinced themselves that they’re smart enough to have it all — our regional passion and general national interest. A poll of their fan base would let them know they’re off base about that, but how do you tell someone who thinks they’re the smartest person in the room they’re not?
Fuck Mike Gundy and the horse he rode in on.