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Oklahoma State football notebook: Clint Chelf will start at QB against Purdue

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said: “He's really earned that. The flow of the team right now, Clint's played pretty well. He's been healthy. He's earned the right to start the bowl game.”
by Berry Tramel and Scott Wright and John Helsley Published: December 14, 2012

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Friday that Clint Chelf will start at quarterback in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Purdue on New Year's Day.

“He's really earned that,” Gundy said. “The flow of the team right now, Clint's played pretty well. He's been healthy. He's earned the right to start the bowl game.”

Gundy said OSU would retain the short-yardage package for J.W. Walsh that was installed for the Nov. 17 Texas Tech game.

Chelf started the final four games after taking over for Wes Lunt, who suffered a concussion Nov. 3 at Kansas State.

Chelf said practice snaps have been split similarly to the previous four games, when Chelf was starting.

Saturday is a big day for Chelf. The fourth-year junior will graduate.

“I'm going to grad school, so more schooling. I don't know if that was a smart decision or not, but I'll try it,” he said. “When I got the letter, they emailed me the week of the West Virginia game. So I got in on the same week that I was making my first start, so it was a pretty cool week.”


Gundy declined to talk about his efforts to replace offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who resigned this week to become the head coach at Southern Mississippi.

The Columbia (Mo.) Tribune reported that Gundy offered the job to former Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Yost.

“I can't talk about any job offers,” Gundy said. “It's just not fair.”

Gundy expressed dismay at the trend of so many head coaches and coordinators leaving their teams — or being fired — between the end of the regular season and the bowl game.

But Gundy said he had “no desire” to resume offensive coordinator duties full-time, which he last did in 2008.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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