Billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens wants his alma mater, Oklahoma State, to have more success against rival Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens extended an olive branch to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy last year in an effort to rebuild a dormant relationship.
He pulled it back a bit on Saturday.
Pickens, who has donated more than $500 million to his alma mater, said he expects Oklahoma State to be competitive, and that includes with rival Oklahoma. The Sooners rolled past the Cowboys 58-23 last year on the way to the College Football Playoff, one of many losses to Oklahoma that continue to bother the 88-year-old Pickens.
“I would like to beat OU," Pickens said while standing in the stadium that bears his name. "Mike has struggled with that game. I think he’s 2-9, so we’re not competitive with OU. By golly, we beat Texas. We’re the only team that has beaten Texas four in a row in Austin. If we can beat Texas, we sure ought to beat OU.”
Pickens didn't leave it there.
"(Former Cowboy coach) Les Miles beat OU, didn’t he? Two out of four? Yeah. That’s competitive.”
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