OSU football: Wes Lunt's decision time is looming

Pros and cons of Lunt going to Illinois or Louisville
by Gina Mizell Published: June 2, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Wes Lunt (11) waits for a call during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Texas Christian University (TCU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Wes Lunt (11) waits for a call during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Texas Christian University (TCU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Louisville

Conference: Big East (ACC in 2014)

2012 record: 11-2 (5-2 Big East); Won Sugar Bowl

Head coach: Charlie Strong

Offensive coordinator: Shawn Watson

Selling points

There are plenty.

The chance to play for one of the brightest up-and-coming coaches in college football at one of the biggest up-and-coming programs. Or maybe beating Florida in a BCS game means Louisville has already arrived.

The chance to play in an offense that has helped turn Teddy Bridgewater into an early Heisman contender for 2013 and first-round NFL Draft prospect.

The chance to join an athletic program that is arguably the nation's best, with the men's basketball team winning the national championship, the women's basketball team advancing to the Final Four and the baseball team heading to Super Regionals.

Drawbacks

Louisville is closer to Rochester than Stillwater but not exactly close at 300 miles away. That means no quick trips home on bye weeks or super-easy visits from family members.

Additionally, succeeding any transcendent quarterback like Bridgewater comes with pressure. Though Lunt has already dealt with that by taking over for OSU's Brandon Weeden.

And what if Bridgewater takes the Matt Barkley route and returns for his senior season in 2014 instead of departing early for the NFL, as expected? Then Lunt would need to wait around another season — something he likely would not have had to do had he stayed at OSU.

And even though Strong turned down Tennessee to sign a long-term deal at Louisville during the offseason, he will remain a hot commodity on the coaching carousel if he keeps winning. What if an even bigger program comes calling in one, two or three seasons?


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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