While the school has yet to officially announce it, Channel1450.com sports director Zach Kerker and ESPN.com’s Joe Schad, among others, are both reporting that the quarterback will transfer to Illinois to continue his playing career. Lunt chose the Illini over Louisville, two of the five schools on his original transfer wish list.
The other three schools — Southern Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt — were infamously blocked by Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy. In a controversial move, Gundy barred Lunt from attending — at least on scholarship — schools from the Big 12, the Pac-12, SEC along with Central Michigan (on OSU’s schedule in 2015 & 2016).
The reason for the latter two conferences being on the no-no list? Oklahoma State might face a school from those leagues in a bowl game, Lunt’s Illinois high school coach said in mid-May.
Lunt will be forced to sit out the 2013 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.