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Gundy discusses Daniels' decision to transfer from OSU football


Oklahoma State tackle Darrion Daniels pumps up the crowd as the Cowboys take on Texas Tech in Boone Pickens Stadium. 

Mike Gundy said Darrion Daniels told him he plans to graduate transfer to Nebraska for his last season of eligibility.

Gundy, the Oklahoma State football coach, explained that Monday night, Daniels, a senior defensive tackle, told him he wanted to play football with his brother.

"He had said that originally, he was wanting to be here, but he had a conversation with his parents," Gundy said. "He felt like that they wanted to be in a location with him and his brother on Saturdays, and that was one way to do it."

Damion, Daniels' younger brother, is a redshirt freshman defensive lineman for the Huskers.

Early Tuesday morning, a source told the O'Colly that Daniels was planning to graduate transfer from OSU but it was uncertain where he would go. Daniels was looking at multiple schools' graduate programs to decide which one is best for him, the source said.

Other sources said Daniels had chosen Nebraska.

Monday night, Robert Allen of first reported that Daniels is transferring to Nebraska to play with his brother. A source also told The Oklahoman that Daniels will transfer to Nebraska.

The source who talked to the O'Colly said this is not confirmed and that Daniels hadn't talked to Nebraska.

"I just know what they tell me, which is there's a possibility (of Nebraska)," Gundy said. "I'd hate to tell you he's going to Nebraska and then he ends up at wherever, the Steelers or something. You'd have to ask him."

Gundy said he told Daniels he hated to see him leave and wanted him to stay at OSU, but he showed support for Daniels.

"I talked to him briefly (Tuesday) just to kind of say, 'Hey, I love you, you love me and good luck to you," Gundy said.

Daniels, from Dallas, logged seven tackles and a sack this year before a left pinkie injury in practice required surgery and ended his season. Although Daniels missed the Cowboys' past eight games, he continued his role as the defense's vocal leader and traveled with OSU for multiple road matchups. Because he played in only four games, he is allowed to count this season as a redshirt year and can graduate transfer to a different school.

"Of course I was disappointed, but I understand," Gundy said. "That's the world we live in today, and so it is what it is."