OSU football notebook: Joe Mitchell sent home

JOHN HELSLEY Modified: August 12, 2009 at 8:19 am •  Published: August 12, 2009
Oklahoma State freshman safety Joe Mitchell has been sent home to Houston while the NCAA investigates his eligibility amid allegations his transcript might have been changed in high school.

"Joe Mitchell is heading back to Houston,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. "He’s got some personal issues he’s got to take care of. We learned more today about it. I’m not sure anybody knows, in detail, where they’re at.

"But as for now, he has to work through those issues before he can come back here. Hopefully, it could be within the next few weeks. If not, then we’d certainly like to get him back in January.”

OSU was given a tip about the possible allegations, which were forwarded on to the NCAA.

Mitchell was a quarterback-defensive back at Katy (Texas) Morton Ranch High School, where three coaches, including head coach Scott Svendsen, were placed on administrative leave, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The newspaper’s Web site said an investigation began when Katy administrators were told by Texas’ University Interscholastic League that three Morton Ranch coaches might have violated district policies, including student records, possible misuse of funds and eligibility.

Gundy said he hoped Mitchell would return to the team, sooner or later.

"It’s not the end of the world for him,” Gundy said. "There’s a good chance he was going to redshirt anyway. Hopefully, he’ll work through it.

"We thought it was in the best interest of Joe and Oklahoma State that he goes back to Houston.