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December 6, 2013

Bedlam rivalry divides Webb Family

STILLWATER, Okla. — It's hard for any athlete to root for a rival school. But that changes when family is involved.

For this one week, former Oklahoma All-American Terry Webb will be cheering for Oklahoma State — or at least for his son, Brandon Webb, the starting left guard on the Cowboy offensive line.

“He tells everybody that I'm his son, who do they think he's going to root for? He's like, 'it's my family out there,'” the younger Webb said earlier this week. “But when I'm gone, he'll probably go back to the OU side. But right now he's OSU.”

The 6-foot-3, 326-pound senior from Owasso found himself playing for his dad's once rival university largely because a lack of interest from the team that Terry Webb earned All-American honors for as guard in 1975 — one of eight All-Americans for OU that year.

“OU wanted me, but (Jemarkus) McFarland was obviously the top guy,” Brandon said. “I understood that. But I just felt more comfortable here when I came to visit.”

With the attention given to him by Mike Gundy's staff at Oklahoma State, Webb just felt like this Oklahoma college was the right place for him. And he admitted, even his father believed OSU was the right place for his son — with OU showing more interest in McFarland during Webb's visit to Norman.

“He kind of felt that way, too. He said if he were playing in this time he'd probably make the same decision, so he was pretty open to it,” Brandon said. “He said if he was in my shoes, and everything was the same with the same treatment I was getting at the time, he probably would have went with OSU, too.”

This Saturday will be unique for Webb and his father, as the two will step on the field at Boone Pickens Stadium together as Brandon will be among the OSU seniors recognized before the game. However, Brandon said it's not likely that former OU All-American will sport the colors of his college rivals.

“I don't know what he's going to wear, he might wear black or something,” said Brandon, who added that his mom decks out in OSU gear. “I don't foresee him wearing any OSU things, but I'll see if I can convince him. Maybe a hat or something.”

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