STILLWATER – Snowflakes danced from the sky and blanketed the turf at Boone Pickens Stadium. Inside the press box at the southeast corner of the complex, Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy deliberated about snowflakes but not the ones drifting mere yards outside.
Sophomore safety Thabo Mwaniki announced Sunday his plans to transfer from the program. He was the only true freshman to start for OSU last season, and he tallied four consecutive starts to begin the 2018 season before true freshman Jarrick Bernard took over the starting duties the past six games.
“He hasn’t done much for us,” Gundy said. “He wants to try and go somewhere where he thinks he can get on the field more. He’s been good. He has done everything we’ve asked of him. He’s just not been able to fit into our system much.”
A question followed about how many transfers there are in today’s college football world, and Gundy went on a rant about how a lot of people in the younger generation are more likely to up and move on if things get tough. He said he wasn’t talking strictly about Mwakini’s decision, but all millennials.
“I think we live in a world where people are non-committal,” Gundy said. “We allow liberalism to say, ‘Hey, I can really just do what I want and I don’t have to be really tough and fight through it.’ You see that with young people because it’s an option they’re given. We weren’t given that option when we were growing up. In the world today, there’s a lot of entitlement.
“I’m a firm believer in the snowflake. I think it’s setting there. And I’m not talking about Thabo. Thabo and I have had multiple good talks. I’m talking about every millennial young person. Generation Z, I think is what they call ’em. It’s the world we live in because if they say, ‘Well, it’s a little bit hard,’ we say, ‘OK, well, let’s go try something else.’ vs. ‘Hey, let’s bear down and let’s fight and do this.’ So you see a lot of that nowadays, and that doesn’t have anything to do with Thabo or (Jalen) McCleskey or anybody that’s been on the portal here.
“That’s just general in society even if you’re working down here at Walmart. Your boss gets after you and tells you that you’re not doing a good job, you may go home and cry and tell your mom, but your mom may say it’s OK. That’s just kind of the facts of life, the world we live in today.
“Don’t get me on politics.”
Hill, Sinor injury update
Running back Justice Hill had only five carries against OU on Saturday, though he did tally a touchdown. He left the game and went to the locker room, only to return and tally a 28-yard carry before leaving again and not returning.
The Cowboy Radio Network reported during the game Hill was suffering from a rib injury. Freshman Chuba Hubbard took the main bulk of carries after and finished with three touchdowns, but a costly fumble ended up leading to the Sooners’ game-winning score.
Gundy said Hill had X-ray’s and CAT scans and he checked out fine, though he was pretty sore.
Zach Sinor didn’t finish Saturday’s game because he got dinged on the sideline. Gundy said Sinor was a bit woozy, so coaches didn’t want to put him in.
– Oklahoma State’s regular-season finale at TCU will be a night kickoff, the first for the Cowboys on the road this season. The game will either kick at 6 p.m. and be televised on FS1 or kick at 7 and be televised on FOX.
If OSU loses to West Virginia on Saturday and TCU defeats Baylor, both teams will be 5-6 with a win possibly securing a bowl berth.
DETAILS TO KNOW
What: No. 9 West Virginia (8-1, 6-1) at Oklahoma State (5-5, 2-5)
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
When: 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday
TV: ABC (Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe)
Radio: OSU broadcast: 96.1 KXY, Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)