For those wondering who will be under center when Oklahoma State opens the 2013 regular season, you’ll have to wait until, literally, minutes before the new campaign starts.
Speaking at the Big 12 media days Monday, Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy said he will not name a starter at quarterback until shortly before the kickoff of OSU’s opener against Mississippi State Aug. 31 in Houston. While Clint Chelf (pictured, No. 10), who started the final five games of the 2012 season, entered spring practice as the No. 1 quarterback, Gundy would not name either him or J.W. Walsh (pictured, No. 4) as the starter exiting spring.
In the hopes of maintaining some type of tactical advantage over their non-conference SEC foe, Gundy will keep it that way right up to the last minute.
“We’ll need to use every advantage we have given ourselves an opportunity to win that game,” Gundy said.
Wes Lunt, who started five games for OSU last year, was part of a three-man competition at the position before he transferred from the football program and ultimately landed at Illinois.
The fact that Gundy will wait until late August to tab a starter is not exactly a shocker, at least based on his own words coming out of the spring sessions.
“We are not really going to talk about that from this point on,” Gundy said in April. “There is no reason for us to talk about what our quarterback situation is. I think we have been very open about it throughout the spring. Our players have been very open about it.”
Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.
With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future. The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.
Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.
At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas. The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.
Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels. He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.