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Draft calls have OSU OC search on hold

1/10/2011

DALLAS -- Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen was introduced as the future head coach at West Virginia on Dec. 22. He left the program after the Cowboys beat Arizona 36-10 in the Alamo Bowl a week later.

Monday was Jan. 10. What's the progress of coach Mike Gundy's search for Holgorsen's replacement?

Well, he hasn't done anything. He doesn't plan to until his quarterback, All-Big 12 first-teamer Brandon Weeden, and his top receiver, Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon, announce whether or not they'll return to Stillwater in 2011 or enter the NFL draft.

"Seriously, it makes a difference," Gundy told ESPN.com on Monday, just after giving an hour-long speech to over a thousand coaches as a featured speaker during the AFCA Convention. "I haven't done anything because I'm waiting on them."

The deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft is Saturday, Jan. 15, but Gundy asked both to let him know their decision by the middle of the week.

"They have not made any decision," Gundy said. "They haven't given me any indication one way or the other."

Weeden threw for 4,277 yards and 34 touchdowns as the Cowboys' first-year starter. Blackmon had just 20 catches as a freshman, but put together a sophomore season with 111 catches for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops told reporters last week that he recommended receiver Ryan Broyles and linebacker Travis Lewis remain at Oklahoma rather than enter the draft. Both elected to return to Norman for their senior seasons.

Gundy says he doesn't take the same approach, but will "tell them what I think" on issues only when asked.

"I give them information, but I try not to steer them one way or the other," Gundy said. "If they ask my opinion, I give it to them, because I don't want to recruit them. I want them to do what's best for them."

Granted, based on Gundy's other comments, figuring out "what he thinks" isn't much of a mystery.

"I always believe that a player that's played the total number of games that they have can always improve," he said. "They've only played one year. If they're a three-year starter and they're a junior and they've got a chance to be a first-round pick, then you ought to go out. But both of those kids could jump huge just by taking care of their business."