A report surfaced on Friday that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had offered the Cowboys' offensive coordinator position to former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. Saturday, Gundy neither confirmed nor denied the report, instead declining to discuss the situation in an effort to limit distractions as the Cowboys prepare for the Alamo Bowl against Arizona on Dec. 29.
â€œI don't think it is appropriate for me to talk about that,â€ Gundy said. â€œJust because it is unfair to the players and coaches here to even talk about that (just) to avoid any distractions.â€
Gundy said he prefers not to discuss the search for an offensive coordinator to replace Dana Holgorsen, who will join the coaching staff at West Virginia on Jan. 1, during the Pokes' bowl preparation.
â€œUnfortunately with bowl games I think there are a lot of distractions,â€ Gundy said. â€œSo I wouldn't want to instigate any more.â€
BAILEY EXPECTED TO PUNT
Gundy said he expects Dan Bailey to handle all three phases of the kicking game in the Alamo Bowl. Bailey, the 2010 Lou Groza Award winner, will kick field goals and extra points, handle kickoffs and punt for the Pokes.
The Cowboys don't expect leg fatigue to be a concern for Bailey as he handles at least double his usual workload with starting punter Quinn Sharp forced to miss the game due to a failure to meet academic requirements.
â€œI'm not concerned as I would be in the middle of the season,â€ Gundy said. â€œIf this was the middle of the season, yes, but on short notice like this, no. We've taken that into account in practice.â€
Gundy also said he feels confident Bailey will be able to kick off into the end zone in the ideal conditions of the Alamodome.
â€œI think he can kick it deep enough it will not be a concern,â€ he said.
Arizona quarterback Nick Foles is a native of Texas. The junior from Austin (Texas) Westlake played in the Alamodome three times as a high school senior.
â€œIt's an exciting place to play and I'm excited,â€ Foles said. â€œI never really thought I would be back to play in college, but I'm excited to be back in San Antonio and play in front of my home crowd.â€
Foles attended Michigan State for one season before transferring to Arizona and joining the Wildcat roster in the fall of 2008.
HOPING FOR A HEALTHY GRISBY
Arizona is hoping senior running back Nic Grigsby will be healthy and productive in the Alamo Bowl. Grigsby, who rushed for 1,153 yards as a sophomore, was limited to four carries for seven yards in the Wildcats' 30-29 loss to Arizona State on Dec. 2.
â€œNic Grigsby should be back healthy,â€ UA coach Mike Stoops said. â€œHopefully he is as explosive as he was early in the season because he gives us another weapon in the backfield.â€
Grigsby has been battling a high ankle sprain since suffering the injury on Oct. 30 against UCLA. He has 102 carries for 474 yards and eight touchdowns this season.