Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy threatens media with loss of player access.
1. Mike Gundy, who is best known for an over-the-top, unstable rant instead of actually winning (zero national titles, zero playoff appearances, one Big 12 championship in 13 seasons), has pulled yet another bush-league move. This time, he's threatening to pull the media's access to players if they dare ask a very valid question.
An OSU SID, on behalf of coach Mike Gundy, threatened the press corps with the loss of player availability for the rest of the season if any one of them asked players Tuesday about a player's departure this week. @spj_tweets @APSE_sportmedia @rcfp @collegemedia @1stAmendmentCtr— Joey Senat (@Joey_Senat) September 26, 2018
Senior wide receiver Jalen McCleskey made the decision to redshirt and transfer, but Gundy does not want reporters asking his teammates about it. College coaches ditch kids for bigger paying jobs constantly, college coaches berate and verbally abuse players on a regular basis. But a question about a teammate bolting the school is where the line gets drawn?
Oklahoma State's paper, The O'Colly, has the full recap of Gundy's plot and it's worth your time.
Gundy, of course, didn't have the guts to threaten the media personally. He sent his media relations coordinator to do his dirty work.
The worst part of this story is that the media buckled and no one asked any Oklahoma State players about McCleskey. Every single media person in Stillwater that day should've asked players about McCleskey and forced Gundy to ban them all, but at least the kids at The O'Colly were brave enough to reveal the entire story.
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