Oklahoma State's Perrish Cox suspended from Cotton Bowl

BY BRANDON CHATMON, STAFF WRITER, BCHATMON@OPUBCO.COM Modified: January 2, 2010 at 12:20 am •  Published: January 2, 2010
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photo - Perrish Cox intercepted four passes, returned a punt for a touchdown and averaged 20.9 yards per kickoff return this season. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Perrish Cox intercepted four passes, returned a punt for a touchdown and averaged 20.9 yards per kickoff return this season. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
ARLINGTON, Texas — It’s a shocking finish for Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox.

The star-crossed college football career for the senior ended Friday when Cowboys coach Mike Gundy announced in a release that Cox, who admittedly went through numerous ups and downs during his four years at OSU, will not play in today’s 74th annual Cotton Bowl Classic. Gundy cited that Cox violated team rules.

The release stated that OSU would not comment further, but it is believed that Cox violated curfew.

On his facebook wall on Friday, Cox wrote, "I’m officially not playing in the bowl game.”

In response to Cox’s comment, former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant wrote: "Call me...” Then a bit later, "For the whole game?....That’s way too much.... a Cowboy reminder is enough... not the whole game.”

Later on his Facebook page, Cox said he was 30 minutes late for curfew.

According to the Tulsa World, Cox also posted, "I wz jus 30 mins late pass curfew, traffic wz bad 4 new years, (but) 4get gundy, i put 2 much in 4 this school 4 him 2 do me like that, i mean its a bowl game that the players (fought) hard 4, we should b able 2 hav some kinda freedom, (but) its all good, i had fun while it lasted, once a cowboy always a cowboy, regardless of gundy."

The loss of Cox is a huge blow to an OSU pass defense that will face All-SEC receiver Shay Hodge of Ole Miss. Cox was a second-team AP All-American, Thorpe Award semifinalist and is the Big 12’s all-time leader in kick return yardage.

Plus, OSU will be without its top backups at cornerback and kick returner. No. 3 cornerback Andrew McGee will miss the Cotton Bowl after injuring his neck against Oklahoma.


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