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Okla. St. loses projected starting left tackle

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In an unexpected and out-of-the-blue move Wednesday, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy confirmed that offensive lineman Michael Bowie is no longer a part of the Cowboys football program.  While the term “dismissal” was not frivolously tossed about, the standard explanation for a departure of this nature was — an unspecified violation of team rules.

“Any time you lose a good football player that has got experience, it affects your team,” Gundy was quoted as saying after his annual media golf outing. “Mike was a good player for us, but it didn’t work out. And I think the one thing people have to realize that it’s extremely difficult to play college football and there are certain standards and requirements that you have to meet in order to be a part of our football team, and that’s coaches and players.

“We don’t really bend for anybody at any particular time. The team will be fine. Another player steps in. We expect them to compete.”

What “them” will be competing for is the starting left tackle job.  On the most recent depth chart, the senior Bowie, who started five games last season, was listed as the No. 1 tackle on the left side of the line.

Presumably, redshirt freshman Devin Davis, listed as the No. 2 LT, will get the first shot at providing the blindside protection for Wes Lunt, the true freshman and early enrollee who was named the Cowboys’ starter at quarterback exiting spring practice earlier this year.

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11 Responses to “Okla. St. loses projected starting left tackle”
  1. coolhorn says: Aug 2, 2012 12:20 PM

    Looks like line problems are starting to be a problem in general north of the Red River. OU’s lost several, and now OSU is feeling the attrition.

  2. gopokes0714 says: Aug 2, 2012 12:26 PM

    This hurts, the difference between OU and OSU is Grundy isn’t going to beg previously dismissed player to “earn” their way back because we are weak at a position.

  3. coolhorn says: Aug 2, 2012 1:38 PM

    It is interesting how “indefinite suspensions” at zero-u turn out to be definitely short-term. That Stoops is a real task master.

  4. gopokes0714 says: Aug 2, 2012 3:10 PM


    well you know, indefinite suspension = 0 games missed at OU

  5. coolhorn says: Aug 2, 2012 4:12 PM


    …especially if it’s at a position of need, like wide receiver. Wonder if they have any offensive linemen that need reinstating???

  6. mrslay1 says: Aug 2, 2012 4:58 PM

    It funny now to see the rest of the country starting to see what goes on in this sport. Everyone like to talk trash about the SEC and their convict players, but what is the real truth is that every school has this problem. The SEC has been dealing with it publicly for a long time. Anyone remember how things were at Oklahoma in the 70’s. Miami in the 80’s and still.The sadest part of this is nobody ever knows exactly what “violation of team rules” mean or how many schools cover up most of it.

  7. RideSurf says: Aug 2, 2012 5:09 PM

    Just another avenue to run your freshmen quarterback over.


  8. aggietruth says: Aug 2, 2012 6:10 PM

    Ou not running over anybody with that weak defense

    Pistols firing!

  9. coolhorn says: Aug 2, 2012 6:52 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that Stoops reinstated his three divas after they backed off of their requests for the sports package on their rides from Big Red Sports Imports?

  10. RideSurf says: Aug 2, 2012 7:17 PM


    Once we offered them team go carts, it was on like Donkey Kong.

    Our D has permission to run over anything close to Orange.

  11. coolhorn says: Aug 2, 2012 8:20 PM


    There’s a difference between having permission and being able to. That being said, I’d love for your favorite team to share your optimism in October in expecting an easy time of it. I’d love it.

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