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Report sheds more light on Lunt transfer brouhaha

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As John noted late last week, three of Wes Lunt‘s five possible transfer destinations — Southern Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt — were reportedly deemed off-limits at the discretion of Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. That left Lunt with two schools — Louisville and Illinois — to consider out of his original five.

According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Lunt has already taken an unofficial visit to Illinois. Schad writes that Lunt feels comfortable with offensive coordinator Bill Cubit‘s offense and has a good relationship with Illini coach Tim Beckman. But while a visit to Champaign was expected for Lunt, the reasons behind Gundy’s decision to block certain schools from the QB’s transfer wish list have been more vague. That’s where Schad provides some clarity.

Schad reports that reasons for the restrictions include:

  • That Lunt allegedly cited a desire to transfer “closer to home” and that those blocked schools are not “closer to home.”
  • The belief that at least some coaches at some interested schools improperly contacted Lunt.
  • The possibility Oklahoma State could face some of the blocked conferences in a bowl game.

If true, it would shed some light on why Gundy did what he did. Of course, it still looks bad for Gundy given that he’s just months removed from being a reported candidate for both the Arkansas and Tennessee jobs. And, for clarification purposes, Lunt can transfer wherever he wants; getting a grant-in-aid during his first year at his new school is what’s at stake.

Generally speaking, the fact that a coach can go from job to job with no consequence (outside of a buyout) while placing restrictions on players is ridiculous. The NCAA is providing some help to give athletes immediate eligibility in more pressing cases, though it has no bearing on those restrictions.

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13 Responses to “Report sheds more light on Lunt transfer brouhaha”
  1. tuckfexas says: May 20, 2013 6:27 PM

    There’s going to end up being probably 100+ (if not a few times that) dead in Oklahoma right now. Do you really think anyone gives a flying fawk about this chit right now? If so, it’s amazing that you haven’t suffocated from your head being so far up your azz.

  2. delashmit says: May 20, 2013 6:35 PM

    This just make sit looks worse for Okie State and Gundy.

  3. mountaineer50415 says: May 20, 2013 7:05 PM

    I just want to say how sorry I am about the tornadoes. May God be with you all.

  4. raysfan1 says: May 20, 2013 8:09 PM

    As one person in OK, thank you. I was lucky and am fine but have a lot of friends in Moore.

    Sports is entertainment, and is always of limited importance when that is remembered. Events like today bring that home.

    Still, for those beating up Ben over this story, please understand he is only doing his job.

    As for the story–the first and third reasons listed (not closer to home, might see one in a bowl) are both lame. As for improper contact/tampering, if they have any evidence of it, that needs to be reported to the NCAA.

  5. gotampabay52 says: May 20, 2013 8:09 PM

    Screw you Gundy the kid doesnt want to play for you shouldnt limit where the kid goes GoVOLS

  6. mjrcu says: May 20, 2013 9:47 PM

    Why is that ridiculous? I never understood comparing a coach and a player leaving. The coach is an employee. You can hire a new coach, you cant just hire a new player (insert SEC joke here). You are also comparing the situation of a few select group of coaches with all (85 per team) college football players. Whats the alternative? Eliminate coaching movement? All players can just leave whenever (leaving recruiting and roster stability in absolute mayhem)? I think we can be a little over critical of the NCAA sometimes. I dont think people fully understand the impossibility of integrating amateur athletics at (mostly) state run universities with a multi-billion dollar business.

  7. cranespy says: May 20, 2013 10:19 PM

    Way to go Gundy…..try telling the world you’re a Man now. More like a selfish child… way T Boone allows this type of immature behavior. He should can you and then put restrictions on who could hire you. Pitiful.

  8. thegamecocker says: May 20, 2013 10:30 PM

    Thoughts and prayers for folks in Oklahoma suffering the effects of the tornadoes.
    The Gamecocker

  9. thraiderskin says: May 21, 2013 12:00 AM

    I actually didn’t consider the first two plausible reasons… I completely agree with them as reason to block a school. In one situation, the kid is a liar, in the other, that school illegally recruited your guy.

    Sorry for your losses Oklahoma (the people of the state) I doubt there is little I could say to make this time easier for those who lost someone, so I’ll send my condolences.

  10. frug says: May 21, 2013 3:15 AM


    Whats the alternative? Eliminate coaching movement? All players can just leave whenever (leaving recruiting and roster stability in absolute mayhem)?

    How about requiring coaches to sit out a year if they leave before the expiration of their contracts?

    Alternately, they could (and frankly should) insert a rule that players are allowed to transfer if the coach who recruited them leaves before the expiration of his contract.

  11. jimbo75025 says: May 21, 2013 1:55 PM

    frug says:May 21, 2013 3:15 AM

    Alternately, they could (and frankly should) insert a rule that players are allowed to transfer if the coach who recruited them leaves before the expiration of his contract.
    Only one small problem there, the players could then follow the coach. A school could theoretically just hire a big time coach to bring all his players and go from zero to national championship contender overnight. The school that loses its coach and players would be screwed due to no fault of their own,

    Imagine if for instance say Georgia Southern offered Saban $50 million a year. He leaves Alabama and takes all his players with him. Alabama then has a 100K capacity stadium and no players.

    Your idea has merits, but you need to add a provision that players could not follow their coach but could move to a separate (third) school.

  12. bigmeechy74 says: May 21, 2013 3:59 PM

    The top user comment is one of the dumbest things I have ever read in my life. And I live in Oklahoma. I understand and am sympathetic to this awful disaster but This is a college football blog that is going to have college football stories. Are we not allowed to look at college football stuff today because of the tornado? How does that make sense?

  13. jtacane says: May 25, 2013 11:18 AM

    I wish nothing but prayers and well wishes to the great people of Oklahoma. I lived in OK for a couple of years while training for a job. I always enjoyed the people and their core values that started with helping their neighbor and putting their fellow mans’ needs before their own.
    I am a Canes fan and could care less about any sports story at this point. I hope you recover quickly both mentally and physically from the devastation and let your unmatched courage and hard work rebuild the rest. God Bless

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