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Mike Gundy, Lincoln Riley discuss divisive NCAA transfer portal

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Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy, left, and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley discussed the controversial NCAA transfer portal during the Big 12 teleconference on Tuesday.  [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy, left, and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley discussed the controversial NCAA transfer portal during the Big 12 teleconference on Tuesday. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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.”

No escaping the portal

Lincoln Riley's thoughts on the portal weren't as pointed as Gundy's, but the Oklahoma coach wants to see one tweak in particular.

"The part about it I still have a hard time with is that you don't have to come tell your coach if you're gonna get in it," Riley said Tuesday on the teleconference. "Any job in the world, if you're gonna leave or go take another job, it's the right thing to go tell the people that you work for. It's just common respect, courtesy, that you have those conversations.

"We're here to educate and help grow young men, yet we don't put them in position where they've gotta make grown-man choices and have grown-man talks.”

Brown defends Murray

Former OU receiver Marquise Brown, as a guest Tuesday on the Rich Eisen Show, responded to Charley Casserly’s criticism of Kyler Murray.

In early March, Casserly reported that Murray struggled through team interviews at the NFL Combine. The former Redskins and Texans general manager said Murray’s leadership and study habits raised concerns among NFL teams.

“I say that statement is far from the truth,” Brown said. “He’s probably one of the smartest players I’ve been around. I study this game a lot. He knows his Xs and Os. He knows how to attack coverages. He gets excited talking about football.”

Place your bets

Kyler Murray is a 1/2 favorite to be the first overall pick in the NFL draft, according to MyTopSportsbooks.com.

But that's far from the most interesting wager regarding the former Oklahoma quarterback.

Here's a list of Murray prop bets for Thursday night.

• Odds Murray is not the first quarterback selected: 14/1

• Over/under draft position if Murray doesn't go No. 1: 4.5

• Over/under combined draft position for Kyler Murray, Marquise Brown and Cody Ford: 42.5

• Odds Kyler Murray cries during the NFL draft: 7/1

• Primary color of Kyler Murray's tie:

1. Black 9/2

2. Red 5/1

3. Blue 6/1

4. Gray 7/1

5. White 7/1

6. No tie: 9/1

7. Field: 5/1

• Kyler Murray greeting Roger Goodell:

1. Handshake and hug: 1/10

2. Hug only: 19/1

3. Handshake only: 24/1

• Over/under length of Murray/Goodell hug: 4.9 seconds from first contact to last contact

OSU gets commitment

Oklahoma State picked up a 2020 recruit Tuesday.

Trent Pullen, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive guard from Connally High School in Waco, Texas, announced his commitment to the Cowboys on Twitter.

A three-star recruit, Pullen is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 53 overall prospect in Texas.

Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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