Gulley Might Be Leaving Cowboys

Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford confirmed Monday afternoon that point guard Fred Gulley has requested his release from the Cowboy basketball program but hasn't left the team yet.

Rumors were swirling in the morning about the possibility of Gulley leaving the team. Asked in a roundabout way if any player had left the team, Ford fired back with, "Nobody has gotten their release yet."

When asked more directly whether Gulley, a redshirt sophomore from Fayetteville, Ark., had played his final game in a Cowboy uniform, Ford responded: "Possibly. I don't know yet. He hasn't gotten a release yet. We've talked and there is a chance of it."

It is unknown when or even if Ford will grant the release but it is clear that Gulley wants to move on at this point. Gulley was averaging four points and 2.5 rebounds per game this season and missed two games with a shoulder injury. Gulley started five of the eight games he suited up for, including the Cowboys most recent outing in a 66-56 loss to New Mexico.

Despite getting several starts, it is apparent the lack of minutes he received while sharing time at the position with Reger Dowell and Cezar Guerrero was a primary factor in his decision. He was averaging just over 18 minutes per contest.

"You know everybody wants 30 minutes and wants to be ‘the guy' and I understand that," Ford said.

Gulley started 14 of the final 15 games of his freshman season in 2009-10, helping guide the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament. He started the first seven games a season ago but missed the remainder of the year after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder.

If Gulley does decide to leave Ford said it will be a challenge for Dowell and Guerrero but he is eager to see how they respond.

"I think (they're ready for bigger roles). I think it will be good for them but we'll see if they're ready or not," he said. "They're both going to have to play bigger roles and Cezar is going to have to play a lot of the one and the two. I'm actually excited about that. You know, we were in this situation when Ibrahima Thomas left about this same time and he was a guy that meant a lot more to his team at that point, you need to challenge guys to step up, ‘Let's see what you're made of.'

"Whether (Gulley) leaves or not that's part of it. I'm interested to see if they're ready for it."

Gulley's departure is not official at this time but appears imminent by the fact that he has requested a release. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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