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Oklahoma State football: Boone Pickens takes no credit in bringing Dana Holgorsen to Stillwater

by Berry Tramel Published: November 9, 2012

But Boone loves the 10-team Big 12 format.

“That turned out like I wanted it to,” Boone said. “Ten teams, you get to play everybody. I don't like south north divisions.

“I really like the addition of TCU. I don't have any problem with West Virginia. It's fine with me. But I was enthusiastic about TCU.”

As for the OSU-West Virginia game, Boone is like the rest of us. Guessing on the quarterback.

Wes Lunt suffered an apparent concussion last week against Kansas State, and third-teamer Clint Chelf played well in relief. So who goes Saturday?

“Ol' Chelf, he was good the other night,” Boone said. “I kind of think Lunt will be the quarterback, but I never talk to Gundy.”

The Cowboys are 5-3 and virtually out of the Big 12 race they won a year ago. But Boone is not down about his ballteam.

“I'm happy with the way things have gone,” Boone said. “We've got, finally a little depth. Something you and I haven't seen for the last 20 years. We've got some people sitting on the bench that can play.”

And now Holgorsen returns, with a spiffy quarterback of his own in Geno Smith and a wildly-productive offense, though with a leaky defense.

“That game Saturday's not going to be a cinch,” Boone said. “West Virginia's going to come with a hell of an offense, great quarterback.

“Hope they play defense like they did the last game; 42-41 would be a good win. That guy's going to be hard to beat.”

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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