The Oklahoma Sooners were originally supposed to begin their 2021 season on the road against the Tulane Green Wave. Those plans were altered due to the impact Hurricane Ida had on the Gulf Coast region.
In an effort to preserve the current schedule, the location of this Week 1 matchup was moved from New Orleans to Norman.
With kickoff less than 24 hours away, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione posted an image of Tulane’s logo being added to the field at Gaylord Family- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. He also had a message for those attending Saturday’s game.
“One of the special ways the Sooners welcome the Green Wave as we host what was originally their home game….but moved due to Hurricane Ida,” Castiglione tweeted. “Kickoff at 11a. If you’re coming to the game, hydrate, mask up, plan for extra time and cheer loudly! I can’t wait for tomorrow!”
For some inexplicable reason, one fan had a rude response to Castiglione’s tweet. They said “Too bad you couldn’t sell out the stadium with a week to prepare.”
Instead of ignoring this harsh message, Castiglione chose to fire back at this particular fan.
“Too bad you can’t be more grateful for what many have done to even have a game,” Castiglione said. “We will also keep those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in our thoughts.”
Too bad you can’t be more grateful for what many have done to even have a game. We will also keep those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in our thoughts.
— Joe Castiglione (@soonerad) September 3, 2021
Oklahoma fans are fairly pleased with this response from Castiglione, and rightfully so.
Kickoff for the Oklahoma-Tulane game is at 12 p.m. ET on ABC.