NORMAN — George Kosanovich has kept in regular touch with Justin Brown since he left Wilmington, Del., for Penn State three years ago.
Kosanovich watched his games in State College, Pa., and Brown has returned to visit his old coach and work out at Concord High.
But, despite a close relationship, Kosanovich respects Brown's private, quiet nature, and that's why he's kept his distance over the past couple of weeks while his former star wideout was deciding to transfer to Oklahoma for his senior season.
“I didn't pressure or ask at all about that,” Kosanovich said. “I figured he had enough people talking to him; I just told him we would do whatever he needed us to do.”
The news broke Saturday night when a source told ESPN.com that Brown had informed Oklahoma coaches of his decision to transfer. But Kosanovich didn't find out until Brown called him Sunday morning.
Brown, who could arrive in Norman as early as Monday, declined an interview request from The Oklahoman on Sunday, writing in a text message, “I honestly don't want to do any interviews ... just trying to be respectful to my teammates. Don't want to bring any more attention to myself than I already have.”
On Twitter, Brown's activity since news broke has mostly been in response to others' reactions.
“Thanks for the support,” he wrote in response to a tweet calling him a “coward.”
He also thanked many other, supportive, Penn State fans who wished him well. One Nittany Lions fan, who sent a negative tweet Saturday, apologized Sunday.
Brown responded, “no hard feelings I understand.”
The newest Sooner seems to be a quiet, humble guy off the field, based on the last few days.
On the field, though, OU is getting a big, physical wideout who has shown, on occasion, the ability to be a playmaker.