BY GINA MIZELL AND JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writers, firstname.lastname@example.org
GILBERT PUNISHMENT STILL TBD
As of Monday afternoon, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy still hadn't heard from the Big 12 regarding possible further punishment for starting cornerback Justin Gilbert, who was ejected late in the Cowboys' loss to West Virginia after being flagged for a flagrant personal foul for getting in a scuffle with a Mountaineer.
Gundy was clearly disappointed with Gilbert's behavior after the game. So even if the Big 12 takes no additional disciplinary action, could OSU?
“I'm gonna wait and see exactly what happens with the conference,” Gundy said, “and then I'll sit down and have a discussion with Justin.”
Should Gilbert be unavailable Saturday, Tyler Patmon would likely slide into a starting spot opposite Kevin Peterson, while Ashton Lampkin and Miketavius Jones could get pushed into more playing time.
TRACY MOORE GETS CALL FROM BLACKMON
Following the Cowboys' loss in Morgantown, receiver Tracy Moore got a phone call from an old pal.
Moore said the friends had a “good conversation.” And Blackmon, the former OSU star and current member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, ultimately had some simple advice for Moore.
“The bottom line (is) he said, ‘We don't lose. That's not what we do,'” Moore said. “So you need to figure it out and figure out what it takes to fix it.”
GUNDY NOT SURPRISED BY WALSH CRITICS
Gundy admitted Monday that even though he has a Twitter account — @CoachGundy — he isn't exactly the one physically typing the messages that go out into cyberspace.
So he wasn't completely aware of the way social media appeared to turn on Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh when he was largely ineffective against West Virginia. But the coach certainly isn't surprised.
“We live in a society today that people want answers and they want results right now,” Gundy said. “They loved J.W. when he wasn't playing. And then he comes in and if he makes a mistake, then they want somebody else. That's just the society we live in today. That's life.
“We get way too much credit when we're doing good and we get beat up too much when we're doing bad. That's just kind of the way it is.”
AFTER LOSS, LEADERSHIP NEEDED
Following the first setback of this season, a Big 12 loss that puts OSU's conference favorite status on hold, the Cowboys find themselves in need of a pick-me-up.
Or in this case, a pick-ourselves-up.
“Nobody's ever happy after a loss,” said OSU safety Daytawion Lowe. “But we've got a lot of older guys who have lost before. I mean, we know we have to get in the film room and get out there in practice and get better.
“We are a good football team. (Saturday), we didn't really show it. But at the same time, we've got to go out and prepare better than we did today.”
Linebacker Caleb Lavey said this week would be a call for the team's seniors to do their part.
“The trick is the leadership on the team,” said Lavey, one of the seniors. “It's really important for us to make sure the young guys don't get their heads down. You can't get your head down, either as a leader. There's no good that comes from it.
“You can feel sorry about it, but that's not going to make you become a better player. We need to become better players as go forth in Big 12 play.”