WATCH: Don’t look to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey for Bedlam help

WATCH: Don’t look to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey for Bedlam help

The Berry Tramel Show: Sankey tells Berry that ESPN is not dictating SEC scheduling, and that OKC should be looked at as a continual host for the conference softball tournament.

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

| Nov 28, 2023, 6:00am CST

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

Nov 28, 2023, 6:00am CST

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey joins me for the Berry Tramel Show. Sankey is one of the most influential people in collegiate sports. He expressed excitement about the Sooners and Longhorns joining his conference (5:27). He says OU and Texas will be welcomed by fans at every SEC campus, “and then all of a sudden when we kick off, it won’t be quite as welcoming.” (8:30) Sankey said he joked with OU athletic director Joe Castiglione that the SEC was winning NCAA titles in softball and gymnastics until the Sooners’ recent dynasties, so the league invited OU to join so the celebrations could resume (1:58). And Sankey said that while the SEC does all it can to accommodate in-state, non-conference rivalries, it takes no position on whether they should be played. (11:40)

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Berry Tramel is a 45-year veteran of Oklahoma journalism, having spent 13 years at the Norman Transcript and 32 years at The Oklahoman. He has been named Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Born and raised in Norman, Tramel grew up reading four newspapers a day and began his career at age 17. His first assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he’s enjoyed the journey ever since, having covered NBA Finals and Rose Bowls and everything in between. Tramel and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters. Tramel can be reached at 405-760-8080 or at [email protected].

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