By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State University juniors Kye Staley and Jeremy Smith grew up in Oklahoma but took sides in the Bedlam rivalry at different times.
“I’ve always been an Oklahoma State fan,” Smith said. “I’m where I want to be and I’m pretty happy about that.”
“I rooted for both in-state schools,” Staley said. “I was never really a fan of either one until I got older.”
Smith graduted from Tulsa Union high school in 2009. During his career as a Redskin, he was involved in the Union-Jenks rivalry. Over the last 16 yearsm one of the two schools won the 6A state championship. Union plays Jenks tonight in the state semifinals.
“My high school is doing pretty good and I hope they take care of business with Jenks,” Smith said. “It’s just how it is for those guys.”
Staley said he felt Oklahoma State wanted him.
“Coach (Joe) DeForest did a good job of recruiting me,” Staley said. “I felt at the time Oklahoma State had more things going on. They had new facilities being built and were on the rise.”
Staley’s first action in Bedlam was last season’s 44-10 victory over Oklahoma. The junior fullback said he will never forget that game.
“It was a really intense game,” Staley said. “That was one of the most hectic atmospheres and it was just a fun game.”