Oklahoma football: Sooners coach Bob Stoops supports Mike Gundy's decision to limit Wes Lunt's transfer options

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.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 5, 2013

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.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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