Stoops defends Gundy's restriction of Lunt

PLANO, Texas -- Bob Stoops says he's never been in a position in which he's restricted where a transferring player would go.

That said, he supports those who do. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy restricted outgoing quarterback Wes Lunt from transferring to 37 schools, including all teams from the SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12.

Stoops was emphatic when asked about the talk surrounding Gundy's controversial decision.

"I support every coach and I support Mike Gundy in every way if they have their issues because all situations are different. I mean that sincerely. Mike’s doing the right thing in his case," Stoops said at an Oklahoma caravan event on Wednesday night. "A guy says, 'I’m coming to you' and you get a running back, and then all of a sudden you don’t have a running back. He leaves. That doesn’t leave your program in a great spot, right? So, I’m totally in agreement."

Stoops cited a case last year when he let Brandon Williams, the nation's No. 35 overall recruit, transfer to Texas A&M.

"I haven’t done it, but I support every coach who does," he said.

Stoops said he'd read a little bit about Gundy's situation with Lunt, but made it clear that he never wanted to be sided against any coach on the transfer issue. Asked directly if he ever would support a player's choice to transfer, Stoops said, "No, not really."

"It isn’t right that they can just do what they want to do," Stoops said. "It isn’t good. I don’t believe in it."

Stoops argued that players sign letters of intent with schools and not coaches, so even a coaching change shouldn't make it OK for players to leave. He acknowledged that tampering does happen with players, and if players were allowed to transfer without sitting out a year, that illegal act would be encouraged.

"Nobody made them sign with me. I didn’t force them to, it was what they wanted to do. And because we’re limited in what we’re allowed per scholarship, it’s the right thing to have consequences, otherwise you’d have kids changing their mind every year. It’s not right," he said.

Stoops also said he supported the advent of four-year scholarships, rather than the one-year model currently employed by the NCAA. It allows some coaches to simply remove players at the end of their scholarship agreement and give that scholarship to a different player. Stoops said he would never do that and doesn't support those who do.