One thing became clear from Drinkwitz’s comments: He’s not opposed to adding the Sooners and Longhorns.
“If you can attract a couple of really good schools to come play, that’s great,” he said.
“In all seriousness, control what you can control. That’s all speculative. This is talking season, as a coach once phrased it, and speculative season. … What we’re worried about is converting third downs and scoring touchdowns. They ain’t on our schedule this year, and if the commissioner decides or our presidents decide that’s what it will be in the future, then hopefully Missouri employs me long enough to see that.”
Drinkwitz was asked if Oklahoma could become Missouri’s new rival should the Sooners join the SEC.
“I kind of like the rivalry we’ve got with Arkansas,” he said. “I don’t remember the last time they beat us, so I kind of like that one. The Battle Line Rivalry, it’s pretty good for us. I think we’ll just keep that one right now. That’s a good one.
Respect Sam (Pittman) and everything he’s doing with that program. He’s obviously doing a tremendous job. I’m from the state, so that makes it a little bit more special and a little added incentive. So I’m not going to speculate about anything. Just because y’all don’t think it’s a rivalry doesn’t mean it isn’t a rivalry. I know it means a whole heck of a lot to my household, and it means a heck of a lot to Barrett Banister’s household, and we like keeping that trophy at the end of the game, so I think we’ll go along with the one the commissioner set for us.”
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