Oklahoma State football: Limiting Wes Lunt's transfer options makes Mike Gundy look bad

The guy who flirted with job openings at Tennessee and Arkansas last December now won't allow his former quarterback, Wes Lunt, to accept an immediate scholarship to certain schools. Including, irony of ironies, Tennessee.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 19, 2013


photo - Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy signals during OSU's spring football game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Sat., April 20, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy signals during OSU's spring football game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Sat., April 20, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Seems like Gundy would want Lunt to get to Southern Miss as fast as possible. Lunt's an awfully talented quarterback; talented enough that Gundy and staff decreed him the starting QB even before Lunt's high school graduation.

If Lunt goes to Notre Dame, or Illinois, or Louisville, or wherever and becomes a star, Gundy could have some 'splainin' to do.

Go to Southern Miss and light up what's left of Conference USA, and who cares? That's what a gunslinger ought to do at Southern Miss.

Maybe Gundy and Monken, who are close friends, had an agreement that Monken wouldn't raid the Cowboy roster.

But man, this makes Gundy look bad.

A guy who literally had no barriers if he had wanted to leave OSU after last season, a guy who could have started coaching Arkansas or Tennessee immediately and, who knows, played OSU in a bowl game as early as this January, is placing toll booths on a kid who last season suffered a knee injury and a concussion in the name of Cowboy football.

Sort of like Bob Stoops, while making $4.5 million a year, referring to “hungry Sundays” for players. Sometimes, these coaches seem to live in an oblivious world.

Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan put Gundy-like restrictions on a transferring player last year, and ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike show grilled Ryan, even to the point that Ryan came on the show to fight back.

His defense? The player didn't talk to him about the transfer. Sounds like maybe Lunt did the same thing, though it also sounds like there wasn't much talking between Gundy and Lunt going all the way back to December and the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

No doubt both sides could have done some things better. But Gundy comes out looking worse and should. A professional who is free to start and stop jobs as he pleases, regardless of a legal contract, then restricts a college kid's opportunities?

That's a serious PR hit for Gundy, who knows a thing or two about serious PR hits.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. 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 newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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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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