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Major Program's Head Coach Gives Team's Beat Reporters An "Ultimatum"

Mike Gundy with his head down on the sidelines.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reacts in the second quarter against the Mississippi Rebels during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

It's been the week of the transfer in the college football world and Oklahoma State's program had one of the most-shocking departures in the country.

Jalen McCleskey, a veteran wide receiver at Oklahoma State, announced this week that he was taking a redshirt year and would pursue other options in 2019. McCleskey, the leading wide receiver on Oklahoma State's team in career yards, was not happy with his role this season.

Mike Gundy and the Cowboys' program apparently doesn't want to talk about this. He reportedly gave an ultimatum to the team's beat reporters, telling them they would lose access to players if they asked about it. had the details on what happened:

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, media members gathered in the west concourse of the stadium for weekly player availability after practice. Players are usually made available at about 5:30 p.m., but before the first player reached the waiting reporters, the ethical dilemma began.

Gavin Lang, Gundy’s media relations coordinator, gathered the group of reporters and said Gundy threatened that if any reporter asks a player a question about McCleskey, then players would no longer be available to any media for the rest of the season.

Reporters immediately took to the phones, calling editors and supervisors about what to do.

You can view the full story here.

Oklahoma State is set to play at Kansas on Saturday.