The list of potential suitors for former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt was dramatically reduced Friday with the news that Oklahoma State is blocking him from transferring to three of his top five choices and any Big 12, SEC or Pac 12 school.
BREAKING; Rochester HC Derek Leonard: OSU blocking Wes Lunt transfer to SEC, PAC 12, BIG 12, S. Miss & E. Michigan
— Zach Kerker (@ZachKerker) May 17, 2013
The move to block transfers from going to certain schools is not uncommon, especially if the two are scheduled to meet in the near future. However, that does not apply here because Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Southern Miss are not on the future schedules of the Cowboys. The reason Lunt’s former high school coach Derek Leonard gave Zack Kerker of Channel1450.com in Springfield is that “they could play in bowl games.”
Southern Miss was viewed as the favorite to land Lunt because of the relationship he has with former Cowboys assistant and current Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken, but that currently is a moot point. The decision by Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State preventing Lunt from going to a school that could develop him as a person, student and football player not only looks petty, but also looks pathetic and reeks of a personal vendetta against the quarterback and Monken.
Gundy, who once sold Lunt on doing everything he could do develop him on and off-the-field, comes off as a villain of sorts. The coach who once famously proclaimed his support of former quarterback Bobby Reid in his famous tantrum now looks childish stunting the development of Lunt. Gundy looks like a scorned ex trying to make Lunt’s life miserable; so much for being a man. Gundy interviewed with Tennessee for their vacant head coaching job, but he suddenly has an issue with loyalty.
For reference as to how members of Gundy’s coaching fraternity have handled similar situations with their quarterbacks transferring, look no further than Jimbo Fisher at Florida State and Bill O’Brien who have handled the transfers of Clint Trickett and Steven Bench respectively with nothing but class. Unfortunately for Gundy, he’s like school in the summer, no class.
Lunt was in Champaign today visiting Illinois, which has to be viewed as the likeliest destination at this point considering 60% of his options have been eliminated. He is still pondering an appeal of Oklahoma State’s decision, but Illinois is a 90-minute commute from his hometown of Rochester and could come away with a player who started as a true freshman before injuries beset his first season at Oklahoma State.
Ultimately, Lunt will go to a school that welcomes him at a place he thinks is the best place for him to win, but Oklahoma State and Mike Gundy come away as losers in this whole process.