Ollie Gordon noncommittal on return, Alan Bowman ‘would be honored’ to play at OSU again

Ollie Gordon noncommittal on return, Alan Bowman ‘would be honored’ to play at OSU again

Cowboy running back Ollie Gordon wasn’t ready to make an announcement about returning to OSU next season, but quarterback Alan Bowman offered some clarity on his murky waiver situation.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Dec 14, 2023, 7:19pm CST

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Dec 14, 2023, 7:19pm CST

STILLWATER — Ollie Gordon wasn’t giving anything away.

The sophomore running back who led the NCAA with 1,614 rushing yards and won the Doak Walker Award is facing a decision. He can return to play at Oklahoma State next season or enter the transfer portal. At Thursday’s media availability, Gordon was asked if he’s going to return to OSU.

“I appreciate you asking about my future, but I’m going to make my own announcement at my own time,” Gordon said.

When asked what factors he was considering in his decision or when he would make an announcement, Gordon stuck with a similar line. 

“I just want to make my own announcement at my own time, that’s kind of the moral of the story,” Gordon said.

OSU coach Mike Gundy wasn’t particularly illuminating either when asked about his son Gunnar Gundy, who entered the portal last Wednesday.

“Portal, religion and politics or roster, not touching it with a 10-foot pole,” Gundy said. 

Senior quarterback Alan Bowman was able to offer some clarity on his murky situation. Bowman is out of eligibility after this season but said he started the process of submitting a medical hardship waiver after the Big 12 Championship game against Texas. 

“I just think there’s a lot of potential, a bunch of our guys are coming back so it would be cool (to return),” Bowman said. “But I still got to wait to see if that waiver does come back and make that decision then.”

Even Bowman, who is a good candidate for a medical hardship waiver based off his 2019 season at Texas Tech, isn’t sure his waiver will be granted. 

“I could see myself playing here, absolutely, I love this university,” Bowman said. “It’s been an unbelievable ride, to play again would be an honor. But, obviously, to try and go play at the next level is an option and then the NCAA might say you can’t play, so at the end of the day, it’s not really up to me.”

Gundy said he’s hoping for a quick response from the NCAA, but that those haven’t been common. Gundy said he hopes it’s different under new NCAA President Charlie Baker, who assumed duties in March. 

“You could have a number of players that are applying for a waiver and you don’t know if they get a waiver or not,” Gundy said, “So do you hold a spot for them or do you go find somebody else to replace them? That’s what we’re dealing with.” 

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