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Kody Spano could have reported to Stillwater in January

Mike Baldwin Published: February 18, 2008
There are two sides to every story.

We've heard Kyle Spano's viewpoint, how his son, Kody, a quarterback, was so upset he might have to wait until June to enroll at Oklahoma State that he ended up signing with Nebraska.

But is there a chance Spano used the news to try and get on the field earlier in his career?

Because he's prohibited from talking about recruits he didn't sign, OSU coach Mike Gundy's side of the story might never be told.

There's certainly a lot more to the story than was reported two months ago.

To review what happened, Gundy needed 10 early-entry scholarships. OSU signed seven junior college players in December. Three high school players, including Spano, planned to enroll early and participate in spring practice.

The problem was Gundy was informed he might be two scholarships short for the spring semester due to the heavy influx of juco players and concerns two seniors on OSU's roster might not graduate in December as projected.

Gundy informed Kody Spano and Mesquite wide receiver Adrian Richards they might have to wait until June to report. Their scholarships weren't pulled. But they might have to wait.

Might is the operative word.

Turns out, the two seniors in question graduated. A little over a week after Gundy made those phone calls, two more scholarships were available.

Kody Spano could have reported to Stillwater in January and participated in spring practice. Richards chose to stay in Mesquite and will report to Stillwater this summer.

Kyle Spano, an offensive line coach at Stephenville, said OSU coaches never informed him or his son that a scholarship opened up around Christmas.

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