PLANO, Texas — Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops declared unequivocal support for Bedlam counterpart Mike Gundy's controversial decision to limit Wes Lunt's transfer options.
Stoops, though, added he's never taken that step with any of his own outgoing transfers.
“I strongly emphasize that I am totally in agreement with Mike Gundy and all these other guys, because all situations are different,” Stoops said Wednesday before an OU Caravan event at the Gleneagles Country Club. “You're gonna leave me in a bind? Well, you committed to me to be here.
“I only have so many quarterbacks, so many running backs, or so many whatever. If these guys wanna go somewhere else on a change of a whim, that's not well thought out, I'm never in a position to where they oughtn't have a penalty for it, too.”
Lunt was OSU's starting quarterback last spring and started five games before injuries cost him the rest of his true freshman season.
This spring, it became apparent that senior Clint Chelf would win the Cowboys' starting quarterback position, and Lunt chose to transfer after the spring game rather than sit through a likely redshirt season in 2013.
Gundy wouldn't release Lunt for a scholarship to any school in the Big 12, SEC or the Pac-12, plus Central Michigan or Southern Mississippi.
Stoops has seen players leave his program, but said he's never placed a restriction on their future destination because he's never needed to take that step.
“Obviously not, since I had the best running back as a true freshman go to A&M before they left the league,” Stoops said, referring to former five-star prospect Brandon Williams, who appeared in eight games as a true freshman in 2011 and transferred to Texas A&M to be closer to family.
Texas A&M, though, had already announced its decision to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference when Williams chose to transfer.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has also come under some heat this week after his decision to not release five-star defensive line signee Eddie Vanderdoes from his National Letter of Intent.
Vanderdoes signed with the Fighting Irish in February, but decided to enroll at UCLA instead and stay closer to home.
Because he backed out of his LOI and Kelly didn't grant him a release, Vanderdoes loses a year of eligibility that can't count as a redshirt or a transfer year.
“I'm on the side of the coaches,” Stoops said. “I'm on the side of Mike. I'm on the side of Brian Kelly at Notre Dame. I see why. They've left us in a bad position because now we're short-handed.
“He committed to us. He signed with us. ... When you sign, you know what you're committing to.”