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September 2, 2009

Scott Nulph column: A rough day to be a Cowboy

As it turns out, that wasn’t thunder you heard early Tuesday morning rolling over Stillwater.

It was Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy finally blowing his lid following four separate incidents involving four of his players this past week, leaving the program with far too many questions so close to the season opener with Georgia on Saturday.

Senior cornerback Perrish Cox, sophomore tight end Jamal Mosley and freshman running back Dexter Pratt all have run afoul of the law recently. Cox was arrested Friday following a traffic stop for driving with a suspended license. Pratt, while already awaiting trial for marijuana possession, was picked up for speeding last week, going between 25 and 30 mph over the speed limit.

And Mosley left the team Tuesday, just days after a protective order was issued against him. Oh, and Mosley was also awaiting trial for the same marijuana charge as Pratt.

And just to pour salt into a pretty big wound, senior linebacker Orie Lemon – the quarterback of the defense – tore a knee ligament and was ruled out for the season on Tuesday.

As days go, Tuesday was not a good one for Gundy and his program.

For now the Mosley and Pratt cases are essentially done for OSU as a football program. Mosley is gone from the program and Pratt wasn’t likely to see the field this year with Kendall Hunter, Keith Toston and Beau Johnson listed ahead of him on the running back depth chart.

The big question today is what to do with Cox?

With few details available as to why Cox’s license was suspended, there’s plenty of gray area to muddle through.

Should Cox be suspended for Saturday’s season opener with Georgia? By Monday’s account, it certainly didn’t appear that way. Cox was one of the handful of Cowboys on hand for the first weekly media session of the season.

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