Two Cowboys to Miss Opener, Maybe Much More

STILLWATER — The virtually perfect preseason football camp and lead in to the 2011 season for the eighth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys finally hit a bump in the road.

Oklahoma State officials have announced that football players Johnny Thomas, a starting safety from Texas City, Texas, and Michael Harrison, a second team wide receiver from Dallas (Hillcrest), Texas, have unresolved eligibility issues and will not play this Saturday's season opener against ULL.

"We're going to treat this as if those guys were injured and somebody else just needs to step up in their places," coach Mike Gundy said. "We have no way of commenting further until the issues are resolved. As soon as we get any information, we will share it."

According to sources that spoke off the record with Go Pokes, this was a surprise to the coaching staff and the players and is something that they hope can be resolved favorably after the first game.

The same source said the issue is still being worked on and the effort to re-establish the players eligibility is being continued. However, it is possible that the two players could be ineligible for the entire season.

According to the release the athletic department sent out, they phrased it this way, "The timetable for a return to the field is unclear at this time. OSU officials will not have further comment until any outstanding issues are resolved."

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