Matt Murschel | College Gridiron 365
4:50 PM EDT, May 19, 2013
Oklahoma State created a publicity firestorm Friday when the school reportedly decided to severely limit the transfer options for sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt.
It was a bizarre twist, in what to this point, had been a cordial divorce between the two parties. One where both Lunt and Cowboys coach Mike Gundy even thanked each other during the announcement earlier this month.
But here we are less than 10 days later, CBSSports.com among others reported that the school was blocking Lunt from transferring to any school in the Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Southern Miss and Central Michigan.
For Lunt’s part, the Illinois native reportedly expressed interest in Illinois, Louisville, Tennessee and Vanderbilt to name a few schools. Now, for the moment, it appears that list got a lot smaller.
At this rate, the only option left for former four-star quarterback will be Glendale Community College.
While limiting a players transfer options is nothing new to college football – coaches generally will block players from leaving for schools in their own conference or even for schools that will be featured on future schedules – it seems just a tad bit overzealous on the part of Oklahoma State and Gundy to issue the blockade.
It’s just another example of the hypocrisy of college athletics.
Listen, kids change their minds all the time. As long as Lunt hasn’t been influenced by another third-party to leave Oklahoma State for another program, then why not let him leave? What sort of lesson does this teach Lunt?
It appears he will get an education before he leaves Oklahoma State after all.
While all this situation has done is brought about some bad PR for the school, the program and Gundy, himself.
The NCAA doesn’t have any specific rules preventing schools from imposing conditions on which schools a student-athlete may contact. Rather it asks the schools provide the student-athlete a hearing as to why they cannot transfer to a school.
Sure, Lunt could appeal, but why should he have to?
Where’s the same indignation when a coach leaves a school, a program and a coaching staff for another job? Is this the same person who has many times over stared into the faces of the 80-or-so student athletes on his team and asked them to trust them completely? Then leaves when another school offers more money or a better opportunity.
Imagine schools like Oklahoma State, got fed up with having to hire head coaches and assistant coaches every few years and put limitations similar to transfers restrictions on where their coaches can interview for jobs? The outcry and lawsuits from coaches would arrive faster than you can sing, “Fight, fight, fight.”
Meanwhile Lunt is left to figure out what he did wrong and what’s his next move.
According to Oklahoman.com, Lunt could still transfer to one of the ‘banned’ schools on Oklahoma State’s list, but he would be forced to lose his scholarship, which would prevent him from working out with the team while also making him ineligible for a season. If he chooses to transfer to a Big 12 school, he would also forfeit a year of eligibility.
Lunt may not be the first, but he for sure won’t be the last student-athlete to run into the college sports hypocrisy.
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