House Divided: Brothers square off on opposing sidelines

ARLINGTON, Texas -It’s another sellout for the Cotton Bowl.

There will be plenty of orange and gold in the stands as fans from both schools snatch up tickets.

One family in particular that is making the trip down to Dallas has divided loyalties.

If you follow OSU football, chances are you are familiar with the Bassett brothers.

Dawson Bassett plays for OSU, following in the footsteps of his older brother Cooper, who was a defensive leader for the Pokes.

On Friday, the brothers will be on opposing sidelines for the first time.

At first glance, the Bassett home does not seem like it belongs to a family divided.

Vicki Bassett said,”That’s Billy Bajema. He gave that to Dawson.

John Bassett said, “There’s RG3.”

Cooper Bassett helped the school win its first ever Big 12 Championship.

On Friday, he won’t be showcasing the black and orange.

Instead, he will be in black and gold as a Missouri graduate assistant.

Vicki said, “He’s as enthusiastic on the sideline at Missouri as he ever was as a player in Stillwater.”

John said, “He wanted to say he made it to the NFL but ultimately, he’s always wanted to coach.”

Cooper landed his first coaching gig with the help of Missouri’s offensive coordinator, Josh Henson, another former OSU player.

Vicki said, “He’s thrilled and Josh, what a season Missouri has had, right? I’m thinking it’s all because of Cooper.”

While John and Vicki Bassett have beefed up the gold and their wardrobe on game day.

Vicki said, “All orange. All orange but I will have some gold packed.”

She says she is not emotionally invested in this game since her boys won’t be squaring off against one another on the field.

Still, one of them has to lose.

She said, “As a mom, you’re only happy as your most unhappy child. So, I’ll probably be a little sad but I’ll be so happy for the week that we’re there, even at the game. So happy to experience, I mean, who gets to do that?”