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

“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.”

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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