Texas has been blamed for a lot of bad blood this year as the Big 12 has struggled to keep itself together, but in at least one respect, the Longhorns and coach Mack Brown are responsible for bringing people together — specifically former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer and Oklahoma State mega-booster T. Boone Pickens.
During a luncheon Wednesday, Pickens, Oklahoma State's biggest benefactor, recounted an email he received from Switzer after Oklahoma trounced the Longhorns earlier this month, 55-17. According to Pickens, Switzer wrote that Oklahoma State, who was due to play the Longhorns the following week, shouldn't "beat them as bad as the Sooners did because we want to keep Mack Brown as coach — we want somebody that both of us can beat."
Oklahoma State went on to beat Texas 38-26 for the Cowboys' second consecutive win in Austin. Prior to that, Brown had been 12-0 against the Cowboys.
The best part of the story? Switzer was actually in the crowd when Pickens was telling it. I can just see those two cackling about it well into the evening. Wonder how Oklahoma and Oklahoma State fans feel about those two getting chummy? Well, at least both groups can bond over their hatred of the Longhorns.
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