Celebrating a Victory That Didn't Take Place

September 5, 2018

The University of Oklahoma defeated Florida Atlantic University in football on Saturday, 63-14. That outcome wasn't shocking, but many Florida Atlantic fans were stunned when, after the game, they received a text from their alumni association. "FAU just beat #7 ranked OU on their home field. Let's celebrate by helping more FAU athletes," the text said. Many alumni -- and Oklahoma fans -- posted the text (or commentary) to social media.

Asked by Inside Higher Ed how this text went out, a university spokesman said via email, "The text you are referring to was sent due to human error. It was followed by a correction notifying the recipients of the error."

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