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Friday, May 24, 2013
Mailbag: Dark horse, receivers, more on Lunt

By David Ubben

Thanks for the e-mails this week, everybody. Here's where you can reach me if you've got more to say.

Jonathan in San Antonio writes: What are your thoughts on OSU not adding Boise State to the list of Lunt's banned options? After all, wasn't the entire motivation for the ban to ensure he doesn't go to a future opponent?

DU: I honestly hadn't thought about this until a couple of you e-mailed. It's a valid question, I'd say. Boise State's obviously a bigger danger to knock off OSU in nonconference play than Central Michigan would be, even though the games are a couple years away. Oklahoma State and Lunt's relative silence on the issue will end eventually, but I can't think of a compelling reason why Boise State would be left out of OSU's transfer restrictions. At some point in the future, Gundy will be asked about this incident. Surely, it'll be the next time he's made available to the media. He's turned down numerous interview requests about the issue, including one from me.

Boise should be asked about, though I wouldn't count on getting much of an answer.




John in Greensboro, N.C. writes: Wouldn't it be nice to see an AD or University President saying that (s)he will limit the places where a HC can move if (s)he breaks the contract?

DU: Or how about, instead of two wrongs predictably not making a right, we prevent transfer restrictions in the future? I'm fine with the rule of losing a year of eligibility if you transfer within the conference, but I'm not one of those folks who thinks players should be allowed to transfer without sitting out a year.

This isn't a Gundy issue, ultimately. It's an NCAA issue. The NCAA requires players to get a release from their university to be eligible for a scholarship at their new school. That's where the issue lies. Gundy is operating within the rules. You're welcome to say what you'd like about Gundy, but he's not explicitly breaking any rules. The problem is those rules are stupid. More restrictions on head coaches isn't the answer.




Josh in Topeka, Kan. writes: How did KU pick up Kyron Watson, the number four linebacker in the country? What do you think that Weis is selling that lured him away from big schools such as TCU and Michigan?

DU: Every player is different. I don't know if you're insinuating it, but people don't start wondering if everything is legal until you see a wave of players like that going to a historically less successful school. Look no further than Hugh Freeze defending his program at Ole Miss earlier this offseason. Coaches have to be ambitious and even if you don't know if you've got a show, you owe it to the program to explore elite prospects.

Watson will obviously be able to play immediately, has an alum from his high school (RB Tony Pierson) on the team, and he's only going about 4-5 hours away from his home. You never know what each player wants. Weis surely convinced Watson that he wasn't going to sit through four one-win seasons at KU during his time. The NFL experience of himself and DC Dave Campo probably helped. It's a solid pickup for the Jayhawks and different guys want different things. Watson bought what KU was selling.




Kit Sanders in Martinsburg, W.Va. writes: WVU WR Kevin WhiteWILL top 1,000 yards next season. Big and fast with agility and in Holg's O. You can literally take this to the bank!

DU: It's definitely possible. WVU's got a lot of guys I see being productive, but I don't see top-tier guy on the roster just yet. Connor Arlia and Jordan Thompson should rack up quite a few catches. So should newcomer Shelton Gibson. WVU will be throwing it around plenty, but with the depth at running back, they'll be running it a lot more and I see a more balanced attack with a lot of different guys catching balls, instead of a focus on two guys like we saw last year.

I'm picking WVU to have a couple 700-900 yard seasons, but not have a 1,000-yard receiver. I won't be very shocked if I'm wrong.




Steven in Weatherford, Texas writes: Granted Lache Seastrunk and Bryce Pettyare getting all the attention for Baylor's offense for this upcoming season, but what their defense? The defense lead Baylor to victories over K-State, pulling out against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State and ended up destroying UCLA in the bowl game. If the defense can keep up the pressure from the end of the 2012 season, do you see Baylor as a potential dark horse Big 12 champ?

DU: Oh, most definitely. I believe in this defense this time around, and it's a combination of having more speed, more experience and more athletes all over the field. The defensive line should be as good as it's been from top to bottom under Briles. Love the addition of Shawn Oakman and Chris McAllister is a stud who should progress this year. Same with the linebackers with Bryce Hager and Eddie Lackey. Demetri Goodson, Joe Williams and Tyler Stephenson should be solid at corner and Ahmad Dixon's an impact player in the back at safety. That's a defense capable of doing some good things, and the Bears are my bet for the Big 12's best offense this year. That's a recipe for success. Outside of my four favorites (OU, Texas, TCU, OSU), the Bears are the most likely team to be in the mix for a Big 12 title.




D.J. in Morgantown, W.Va. writes: How many wins for West Virginia this season?

DU: Six.