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OSU football notebook: Cowboys will name special teams coach by start of practices

by John Helsley Published: July 24, 2012

/articleid/3695153/1/pictures/1781755">Photo - Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy speaks during the Big 12 Conference NCAA college football media days, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy speaks during the Big 12 Conference NCAA college football media days, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)


Gundy was asked several times Tuesday about former OSU superstar receiver Dez Bryant, who was arrested in DeSoto, Texas last week for allegedly attacking his mother.

Gundy said the news saddened him and that he believed Bryant was a good person. But the coach also acknowledged that perhaps the receiver needs to purposely remove himself from his current environment.

“You can be a good person and make mistakes,” Gundy said, “and you can be squeaky clean on the outside and not be a good person, in my opinion. He's a good person. He's not making good decisions and he's in an environment where he's making mistakes.

“At some point, he'll have to grow through it, or he's going to run out of chances. (That) would be my guess.”

Bryant, who tallied 147 catches for 2,425 yards and 29 touchdowns in his career, never had a run-in with the law at OSU but was ruled ineligible for most of the 2009 season after lying to NCAA investigators about his relationship with former NFL star Deion Sanders.

Since leaving Stillwater, though, Bryant has had two other incidents involving the police. In January, he was detained but not arrested following an alleged altercation at a Miami Beach nightclub. And last year he was kicked out and temporarily banned from a Dallas mall for wearing sagging pants and using inappropriate language.


OSU features two of the best cornerbacks in the Big 12 in Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert, but serious injuries to Devin Hedgepeth (Achilles) and Andrae May (knee) left the Cowboys with lots of inexperience in the backup roles this spring.

But Gundy said Tuesday that both Hedgepeth and May are likely to return to practice around the middle of August.

“You'd like for both of those guys to be able to get right back in that backup role,” Gundy said. “But if not, certainly one of them needs to. And then we have young kids behind them that will probably be better than people know.”

Those “young kids” include redshirt freshmen Miketavius Jones and Jonovan Griffin.


Former Cowboys Richetti Jones, a senior on last year's team, made the trip to Dallas with the OSU contingent. Jones, his playing career now over, is hoping to cross over to the media side.

“Anything that involves Richetti's mouth is a great idea,” said Cooper Bassett. “That thing can run all day, all night. And the things that come out of it are great. We've always said that Richetti belongs in front of a camera or something like that.”

Jones was flashing his Big 12 championship ring, too, and seeming somewhat disappointed that the current Cowboys opted not to bring the bling.

“Richetti, me and him have a little bit of an argument about that,” said Bassett. “He said, ‘Coop, you need to let everyone know who the defending champion is.' My argument was, ‘Richetti, this is 2012, it's not 2011. We want to be known as a repeating championship team, not a defending championship team.'

“That was his team last year, he can be proud of it. I was a part of it, but I wasn't a senior. This team is mine. It's something awesome. And it's something I'll enjoy when I have kids and grandkids. Five years from now I'll look at it and enjoy it. But right now, I'm living in the 2012 season. And I don't have any rings for 2012 yet. My goal is to get some for 2012.”

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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