Cowboy Football: Rumors, Rumors and Rumors

We know that the contact period in recruiting opened up again this week and that means Oklahoma State coaches are out on the road recruiting. We also know that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was in town again Tuesday.

Gundy was with his wife Kristen at the Cowboys 79-63 basketball win over UT-San Antonio on Monday night. Also seen at the game with several of his teammates was All-American wide receiver and Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon. In fact, Gundy and Blackmon conversed for a short period.

The rumor going around, but uncomfirmed, is that Gundy was meeting with Blackmon and his family on Tuesday evening. We do know that Gundy met with Brandon Weeden on Monday and may have met with him some more on Tuesday.

We also know from Gundy, and previously written in a story here on, that Gundy's intention is to find out what Blackmon and Weeden decide about their future and then move forward with the pursuit and hiring of a new offensive coordinator and now also a new running backs coach to replace the recently departed Robert Gillespie.

Speaking of Gillespie, I spoke with him on the phone Tuesday and he told me it was a very hard decision to leave Oklahoma State.

"Tell the Oklahoma State people that I really loved it here and that my wife and I had a great experience and I can't thank them, Coach Gundy, and the University enough," said Gillespie.

"This was a very tough and close decision I had to make. It is a professional decision and it was a situation that was hard to pass up. I know Coach Gundy understood. I would very much love to come back some day," Gillespie added.

Gillespie is a young coach with a chance to do some great things in the coaching business including be a head coach some day. He is building a resume and West Virginia will look good on it. He confirmed that he will get a title at WVU. He also confirmed that he will be calling his OSU recruits, including Herschel Sims, one last time and letting them know that despite his departure that Oklahoma State is the best place for them. It was before and it is now, according to Gillespie.

Back to recruiting, we believe that Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young and cornerbacks coach Jason Jones were in Meriden, Conn., Tuesday to visit standout junior college honorable mention All-American defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins out of Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Young will be collecting plenty of frequent flyer miles this week as he then heads to Monroe, La., before the week is up to visit with West Monroe defensive tackle Chuck Hunter. Hunter is a standout that is being recruited by Mississippi, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Missouri and Baylor among others.

It is a busy time with Oklahoma State football as recruiting is going on, both in hoping to keep current players like Blackmon and Weeden as well as the class of 2011, and the pursuit of defensive tackles especially. There is also the matter of filling the two vacancies on the coaching staff.

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