Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Gundy's media blackout doesn't appear to have helped OSU
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
So much for Mike Gundy's media blackout allowing Oklahoma State to better focus as the team prepares for its huge opener against Georgia Saturday afternoon.
When Gundy announced the 10-day blackout, he said it was intended to increase the team's sharpness for a game that most observers are calling the most ballyhooed opener in the school's history.
But if that were the case, Gundy's plan appears to have failed after two negative headlines in the last 24 hours.
Cornerback Perrish Cox, the only returning starter in the Cowboys' secondary, was arrested Friday night on speeding charges. During the traffic stop, Stillwater police found that Cox was driving with a suspended license.
It's a misdemeanor, but it clearly can't help his focus as he prepares for the massive challenge of combating talented Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green.
I expect Cox to play Saturday. And who knows, the chance to see action against the Bulldogs might clear his mind after the past couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, starting tight end Jamal Mosley apparently won't be as fortunate after abruptly quitting the team Tuesday morning for "personal reasons."
It came only a few days after he was placed under a restraining order that was filed last week in Payne County, Okla., by a Stillwater woman.
Earlier, Mosley had been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in the same county, although he was considered to be in good standing with the team.
His loss could be critical, considering that Gundy and the Cowboys already are trying to fill the void left by Brandon Pettigrew, this year's first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions.
The Cowboys could use Mosley's blocking and catching skills against the Bulldogs, but will have to go Wilson Youman.
Oklahoma State was relieved of any media responsibilities for about 10 days before ending on Monday.
"There was such demand taking up players' time, and I felt they were getting worn out," Gundy said. "So I thought I'd stop it until the week of the game to give the players a chance to not get caught up in answering the same questions all the time."
Still, the distractions of the huge approaching game concerned Gundy.
"I think our players are mature enough to practice well and stay focused,'' Gundy said. "But you always worry about that as a coach."
The actions of Cox and Mosley show why.