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Oklahoma State football notebook: Clint Chelf will start at QB against Purdue

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said: “He's really earned that. The flow of the team right now, Clint's played pretty well. He's been healthy. He's earned the right to start the bowl game.”
by Berry Tramel and Scott Wright and John Helsley Published: December 14, 2012

/articleid/3737679/1/pictures/1908124">Photo - OSU's Clint Chelf talks to the media after football practice at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU's Clint Chelf talks to the media after football practice at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman


Unlike many fans, OSU players weren't hanging on every word that came out of the media regarding talk of Gundy leaving for Arkansas or Tennessee earlier this month.

Some said they were oblivious to it all. Others said they were aware of it but not greatly concerned by it.

“It's not like Coach Gundy signed a contract with me that he was gonna be my head coach the entire time,” senior Cooper Bassett said. “It's a business. He's got a family — kids and a wife — other people he has to make happy, and he's got to make himself happy.

“I was thrilled to see he's gonna be here, and when I come back as an alum, when I'm an old has-been, I hope he's still the coach because he's done great things here.”


The body language of his players pleased Gundy in Friday's practice, considering that the team had its sights set on a bigger bowl than the Heart of Dallas.

Friday's workout was the team's first since completing final exams.

“Their attitude and body language was really good, which is important,” Gundy said. “I think the way they practiced today, they understand the importance of wanting to be in a game and wanting to be in a bowl game to compete.

“The weather was great. It could be just that way on game day down there.”


Before leaving to become the head coach at Southern Mississippi, Monken held one last meeting with his quarterbacks to tell them personally of his decision.

“We were glad that he told us up front,” Walsh said. “It's a great deal for him, to be able to further his career and move forward. I think I speak for all of us to say that we're really happy for him and we wish him the best of luck.”

By John Helsley, Berry Tramel and Scott Wright

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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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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