STILLWATER — Mike Gundy held a press conference Thursday morning to discuss Oklahoma State's 2014 signing class.
But because this was the coach's first media availability since the Cotton Bowl, several other topics came up.
JOE WICKLINE AND THE SEARCH FOR AN OFFENSIVE LINE COACH
Gundy said he hopes to make a hire in the next couple days, even noting that he spent part of Signing Day on the search.
When asked if Wickline, who joined Charlie Strong's staff at Texas as offensive coordinator, was ever considered for that post when it came open at OSU during his tenure, Gundy said the following:
“One thing that is always a delicate issue…when you start having success and guys on your staff are good coaches, they all want to be the coordinator. I've said this a number of times, that there's guys now on our staff that could be coordinators, but I have to determine what I think is best for Oklahoma State football, for whatever reasons.”
QUARTERBACK COMPETITION — AGAIN
Mason Rudolph, a four-star quarterback who put up monster numbers and led Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern to a state title as a senior, is arguably the most talked-about name in the Cowboys' class.
Gundy said that he, along with J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman, will rotate reps during spring football and that Walsh will initially run the first-team offense because he's the most experienced of the three.
When asked if the situation that arose with Wes Lunt — who was named the starter as a true freshman following the spring in 2012 but then transferred to Illinois following an injury-plagued season — would possibly deter Gundy from starting a true freshman again, he instead said he would not publicly talk about the quarterbacks until after the Cowboys' season opener against Florida State.
“I'm not gonna bring it up in the spring. I'm not gonna bring it up in the summer,” Gundy said. “…I'm in no position to even give you an answer right now, because we haven't had those discussions. They haven't been in meetings. We don't know anything. We're just gonna have to let them work through it for the next six months.”
Gundy called this the “most complete” class he's signed during his time at Oklahoma State, adding that this group of assistants is the best he's had on the recruiting trail.
Two players that were highlighted were receiver Tyreek Hill, who Gundy said has head-turning speed, and tight end Jordan Frazier, who will be another option in the passing game but will not change the Cowboys' overall offense.
Gundy said the Cowboys still plan to start spring football the week of March 10. He said the date of the spring game would be set sometime in the next 7-10 days.