STILLWATER — The statuses of junior safety Victor Johnson and junior defensive end Jamie Blatnick within the Oklahoma State football program remain unclear.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said a decision on Johnson's status could come soon, while Blatnick's situation could remain unclear for an extended amount of time.
"Victor's situation should clear up pretty soon," Gundy said after his media golf tournament on Tuesday. "Most of the information that I need should be with me in the morning. Nobody likes to prolong a situation like this less than me. Everybody has a side to the story, I have to gather all that (information) then make a decision."
Blatnick’s status could be cleared up within a few days or could take longer due to his felony charge of assault in Payne County Court, which stems from a fight with former teammate Steve Denning.
"Jamie's situation is more severe because he's been charged with a felony," Gundy said. "I may be three or four days from gathering the information in his situation. (But) the situation outside (the program, i.e. Blatnick's court case) has to run its course."
Gundy said he expects Blatnick to be a member of the program when practice begins on Friday but he is unlikely to be participating in practice.
"I'm not going to play Sherlock Holmes," Gundy said. "I'm going to get the base information and I'm going to read what is in the (police) reports. I'm going to gather enough information to make a decision, and Jamie has to live with the decision."
"What he did was dumb. I hope he would learn a lesson from what he did."
Off-the-field troubles have created a busy end to the summer for Gundy and OSU, with Blatnick's arrest last weekend and two arrests in two months for Johnson. But Gundy said he won't allow the actions of few players to ruin it for the rest of the team by creating stricter rules and restrictions on their behavior.
"I am not a firm believer in saying to the other 120 guys on our team, 'You can't live the life of a normal college student.' I just don't feel like you can do that," he said. "How can I punish the other 119 guys for one guy making a terrible decision?"
Players are told to be wary of poor decision-making and creating potential distractions throughout the offseason.
"That's a discussion that takes place all the time," Gundy said. "I don't think you can ever tell them enough."