OSU adds grad transfer, but Gundy warns of portal's dangers
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is using the system that has been given to him, but he’s afraid of where the NCAA transfer portal could be taking college football.
OSU added graduate transfer Jordan McCray from South Alabama on Monday night. The a 6-foot-5, 190-pound receiver had been committed to UNLV, but changed his mind after visiting OSU over the weekend. McCray caught 29 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns last season.
He’s the second graduate transfer and third overall transfer the Cowboys have added this offseason, partially offsetting the nine players who transferred out.
Gundy warned of the dangers of the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday morning during his appearance on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference.
“It’s religion, politics and the portal,” Gundy said when asked about the pros and cons of the portal. “I don’t even think it’s worth commenting on, because you’re gonna get such a mixed reaction from people.
“I don’t think anybody knew the direction it was going when it was put in place. I think it’s a dangerous thing. I think there are a few things that are positive, but I think the majority of it is danger unless the NCAA changes the opportunity for coaches to manage roster numbers.”
With the overall 85-scholarship limit, and the cap of 25 initial signings per class, teams that lose a large number of transfers could have a difficult time replenishing those numbers.
That’s where Gundy finds himself, likely fueling his frustration. Even with the additions of recent grad transfers McCray and Kyle Junior from Bowling Green, OSU remains at 83 total scholarships and is limited in how it can fill the final two spots.
“We can’t handle the roster changes, we can’t predict them, we can’t make up for them based on the way the rules are,” Gundy said. “They (NCAA) have failed to address and put in place ways for us to manage our roster based on the current portal situation.
“Honestly, this will probably be the last time I ever speak about it, just because I don’t think it’s something that’s been thought through and it’s a no-win situation either way.”