You know, I really enjoyed UW's visit to Oklahoma this month.
And it really does seem that the Sooners got a bad deal last week in Oregon.
But coach Bob Stoops and others from the university are really testing all my new-found goodwill for them with their continued whining about.
I really truly really truly do hate the phrase, "Get over it." But it comes unavoidably to mind.
I raise all of this now because the squabble spilled over into Washington today when Stoops suggested his Sooners might cancel their scheduled visit to Husky Stadium in 2008.
Stoops said Oklahoma would consider backing out of the game if the Pacific-10 Conference does not change its rule requiring its own officials to be used at its home stadiums.
"I think there's no question that … if that rule is not changed that we may reconsider that game, and I think it's justified," Stoops said. "We'll look into that."
Here's most of what I wrote for tomorrow's paper:
Washington athletic director Todd Turner said he received an email Tuesday from OU athletic director Joe Castiglione alerting him to the news story including Stoops' remarks.
Turner followed up with a phone call, which he described as friendly, and said Castiglione never mentioned canceling the game.
"It's not an issue for Washington right now," Turner said. "There's no reason why we shouldn't continue to play."
Oklahoma defeated Washington 37-20 on Sept. 9 in the first game of the home-and-home series.
Turner said contracts usually include terms for schools to buy their way out of games, but he doesn't expect Oklahoma to exercise that option.
"Our relationship with them is good," he said. "The game is great. Our fans really enjoyed it. It's great for college football. I expect they'll be back here in 2008."
Oklahoma's dissatisfaction stems from its 34-33 loss at Oregon on Saturday.
Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen has since said that two incorrect calls by the league's officials on Oregon's behalf changed the outcome of the game.
On Monday, Oklahoma president David Boren sent a letter to Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg asking him to pursue having the Pac-10 remove its officiating policy.
Traditionally, an officiating crew from the conference of the visiting school works interconference games.
The Pac-10 rule mandating its own league officials was passed a couple of years ago.
Turner said he will discuss that rule with Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen to see if there is some flexibility, as there was last season when a Big Ten crew worked Notre Dame's visit to Husky Stadium.
A Big 12 crew worked Washington recent loss at Oklahoma.UW coach Tyrone willingham termed it "a fairly well-called ball game."