OSU heads to West Virginia
With two weeks to prepare, undefeated Oklahoma State opens its Big 12 Conference play with its first-ever trip to West Virginia.
The game will kick off at 11 a.m. and will be on national television. West Virginia played Maryland in a nonconference game Saturday. The Mountaineers are 0-1 in the Big 12 with a road loss to Oklahoma.
In 2012, Clint Chelf passed for 292 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start as the Cowboys torched West Virginia 55-34 in Stillwater.
OSU’s Josh Stewart had 172 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Former OSU quarterback Wes Lunt (who transferred) had a concussion against Kansas State a week earlier and was replaced by Chelf. J.W. Walsh was out with a knee injury.
Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith, now in the NFL, hit 36 of 54 passes and two touchdowns but it wasn’t enough.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said he would welcome some changes in scheduling.
“If I had it my way, I would play five or six games and have an open date and play the remaining six,” Gundy said during a Big 12 media conference call. “I think one open date is good during the middle of the season. More than that just extends the season and creates more wear and tear on a football team.”
Gundy thinks this team is growing at a pace he anticipated.
“I think we are about where we would expect to be,” Gundy said. “We obviously have a plan for our football team and the way we progress through the season. Our coaching staff has identified our strengths and weaknesses – who are the young players, who are the mature players.
“I feel like we are close to being on track.”
Oklahoma State University (OSU) President Burns Hargis and the OSU/A&M Board of Regents have appointed a former NCAA Director of Enforcement to lead an independent review of alleged misconduct in the OSU football program.
The purported NCAA violations described in a series of articles published by Sports Illustrated occurred primarily between 2001 and 2007.
“While the articles do not implicate any current coaches or players to have direct involvement in any alleged misconduct, we have a responsibility to confront these disturbing reports head on and with complete transparency,” Hargis said.
“With the strong support of the OSU Board of Regents, I have authorized a thorough and expeditious investigation. To assure that the investigation is unwavering in its pursuit of the truth, the university has retained Charles E. Smrt, a veteran NCAA enforcement officer and one of the foremost experts in the compliance field, to serve as lead independent investigator,” Hargis said.
Tucker Link, chairman of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, said, “The OSU Regents treat this matter with the utmost seriousness and fully endorse the selection of Mr. Smrt to conduct the investigation.
“We must determine, based on credible sources and confirmed facts, whether the claims made in a series of Sports Illustrated articles have any truth to them.
“But let there be no doubt, the OSU Board of Regents does not and will not condone illegal, immoral and unethical conduct or conduct that violates applicable rules,” Link said. “We will work with President Hargis to take appropriate action based on what the investigation determines should the claims prove to have any merit.”