DALLAS -- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says a possible future bowl encounter and a perceived lack of great interest from his former quarterback were his motivations behind refusing Wes Lunt's transfer to a Pac-12 or Southeastern Conference school.
Gundy, though, added if Lunt would have expressed a strong desire to transfer to a school from either conference, he would have allowed it.
"When we talked, he said he wanted to go to Illinois, and I really believed that's where he wanted to go," the coach told ESPN.com on Monday at Big 12 Media Days, his first extensive comments about Lunt's messy departure.
"There were restrictions I had on certain schools based on what I thought was best for Oklahoma State," Gundy said of Lunt, who announced his decision to transfer to Illinois in June. "Ultimately, like three weeks into it, if he'd called me and said, 'Look, I am just dying to go to Arizona State,' I probably would have said 'OK.' I know it looked that way, but I didn't intend to keep him from going somewhere."
Gundy spent three days trying to convince Lunt to stay in Stillwater after Lunt told him following spring practice about his plans to transfer. After he said his decision was final, Lunt asked Gundy to limit discussion of his transfer process while it was still taking shape.
"In the back of my mind, part of it was, our major bowl games that we play are against SEC schools or a Pac-12 school. That was part of my thinking," Gundy said. "He knows everything about our offense, every stinkin' thing there is. We change certain things, but he could stand over there and watch us on TV and call just about every play we run."
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