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OSU football: Odd QB decision by Cowboys

by Jenni Carlson Published: April 26, 2012

The decision to name Wes Lunt as Oklahoma State’s new starting quarterback on Thursday is odd.

And I’m not talking about who was picked.

Lunt is a perfectly fine selection. After the spring game, I figured Lunt or J.W. Walsh would get the nod sooner or later. Those two guys seemed like the best equipped and most talented to handle the Cowboys’ offense.

But when Wednesday came and went, I figured the decision was going to be later instead of sooner. Wednesday was the day we’d been told that the Cowboys’ offensive masterminds would get together and discuss who the starter would be. If they made a choice, they’d announce it. If they couldn’t agree on a decision, they’d move on down the road.

Even though a decision was made, the announcement was delayed until Thursday.

The same day as two of the most beloved Cowboys of all time could be picked in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Justin Blackmon is a for-sure first-round selection in the draft. Brandon Weeden is on the cusp of the first and second rounds, and the way quarterbacks can rise in the draft, seeing him taken in the first round wouldn’t be any surprise. If both of them end up being off the board by the end of the evening, it will be a banner day for Cowboy football. Two in-state players. Two Cowboy leaders. Two first-round draft picks. That’d be a serious point of pride.

But now, Blackmon and Weeden have to share the orange-tinted spotlight with Lunt.

Or perhaps defer it to him all together.

Around here, Lunt being named the starter is big-time news. It’s going to be talked about. It’s going to be dissected. I just don’t understand why OSU wouldn’t wait a day to make this announcement. After Wednesday came and went, no one was clamoring for an announcement. If the choice had come Friday instead of Thursday, no one would’ve thought anything of it.

But announcing it on draft day? Why not let this day be about Blackmon and Weeden?

I know this isn’t something that Blackmon or Weeden will care one bit about. Neither of them are that way. Still, it would’ve been a nice gesture by OSU to let them have all the glory that their accomplishments afford them. These guys did right by OSU so many times. I guess I don’t quite understand why OSU wouldn’t do the same for them on the biggest day of their lives.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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