Mike Gundy thinks it's pretty simple: Justin Blackmon should declare for the NFL Draft after this season.
Blackmon, who is coming off his best game of the year where he tallied 13 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns against Baylor, opted to return to Oklahoma State for his junior season after winning the Biletnikoff award in 2010.
But Gundy does not expect Blackmon to turn the NFL down for the second year in a row.
“He's going to get a lot of money,” Gundy said. “I'm not trying to be sarcastic. I just think they're going to give him a whole lot of money.
“If he were to come into my office and ask for my recommendation, I would recommend that he go if he likes to play football. He's far enough along academically that he could come back and get his degree.”
Blackmon has 74 catches for 834 yards this season and is tied for second in the nation with 10 receiving touchdowns.
FOUR COWBOYS SEMIFINALISTS FOR NATIONAL AWARDS
Blackmon and Brandon Weeden were named semifinalists for the Maxwell award Monday, while Markelle Martin and Brodrick Brown were named semifinalists for the Thorpe award.
The Maxwell award is given annually to college football's best player, while the Thorpe award goes to the nation's top defensive back.
Gundy especially had high praise on Monday for Brown, who stands just 5-foot-8 but is tied for seventh in the nation with four interceptions and also has nine pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries.
“He's in the right place at the right time,” Gundy said. “Balls that get tipped end up in his hands. He's in the right place when the ball's on the ground (and) he picks it up. But he's very athletic and he's very savvy, and that's why he's able to touch the football so much as a defensive player.”
GUNDY ON WEST VIRGINIA: ‘I'M FOR IT'
The Big 12 invited West Virginia to become a new member last week, which would bring former OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen back to the conference.
Gundy said Monday that he welcomes the Mountaineers because he supports “whatever keeps the league going.”
“West Virginia's got a tradition in football,” Gundy said. “I haven't really paid much attention to (conference realignment). But if it keeps the strength in the league and if it keeps the television networks infatuated with our league — which obviously generates more money, which I think ultimately is the bottom line — then I'm for it.”
BILL SNYDER: WEEDEN IS ‘ALMOST AS OLD AS I AM'
Weeden, who turned 28 last month, has gotten his fair share of ribbing about his age during his OSU career.
On Tuesday, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder became the latest to take a playful shot at the Cowboy quarterback.
“He's almost as old as I am,” Snyder said.
Snyder, of course, is another college football figure who often gets asked about his age. The Wildcat coach turned 72 last month.
KICKOFF TIME, NETWORK CHANGED FOR IOWA STATE GAME
The kickoff time for OSU's game at Iowa State has been moved up to 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.
The contest was originally set to kick off at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.