View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 You’ll be able to see Tony nominees John Cariani and Tony Shalhoub in the world premiere of new musical The Band’s Visit just that little bit longer. Following an Egyptian Police Band’s unexpected experiences in Israel, the off-Broadway production, which is currently in preview, will now run through January 1 (instead of December 18). Opening night is scheduled for December 8 at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater.The Band’s Visit features direction by David Cromer, a book by Itamar Moses, an original score by David Yazbek and choreography by Lee Sher.An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. A new musical based on the critically acclaimed screenplay which received 36 major international awards.Along with Cariani as Itzik and Shalhoub as Tewfiq, the cast includes George Abud as Camal, Bill Army as Zelger, Katrina Lenk as Dina, Erik Liberman as Telephone Guy, Andrew Polk as Avrum, Rachel Prather as Julia, Jonathan Raviv as Sammy, Sharone Sayegh as Anna, Kristen Sieh as Iris and Alok Tewari as Simon. Related Shows The Band’s Visit ‘The Band’s Visit'(Photo: Ahron R. Foster)
Announced ahead of this weekend, EA and the NFL are set to team up with both ESPN and Disney XD for the exclusive broadcasting rights to the upcoming EA Sports Madden NFL 18 Championship Series. This partnership will kick off with the final rounds of the final rounds of the EA Sports Madden NFL 18 Club Championship and the all-new EA Sports Madden NFL Ultimate League – this is ESPN’s first long-term competitive agreement that spans multiple events.The Madden NFL Ultimate League commences on Friday, February 2 and will last for over two months – ultimately leading to the NFL Draft on April 28. Six players will qualify by obtaining a top-two finish at one of the three EA Majors, which includes the Madden NFL 18 Classic, Madden NFL 18 Challenge and Madden NFL 18 Club Championship. The remaining 10 players will be identified through having the highest series points.Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA said that “The Madden NFL Ultimate League is purposely designed to make superstars of our best players, allowing viewers to develop player loyalties and follow competitor rivalries.”“Through this collaboration with ESPN and Disney XD, we’ll provide ongoing coverage for fans worldwide across a variety of ESPN and Disney platforms, but also digitally through our own Madden streaming and social channels,” Sitrin continued.John Lasker, VP of ESPN Digital Media Programming, also discussed the partnership: “We’re thrilled to continue and expand our relationship with EA and the NFL in not only showcasing to our audiences these world-class esports competitions for multiple years, but also using the myriad ESPN and Disney global platforms to tell the incredible stories of these competitors.”Chris Halpin, Chief Strategy Officer of the NFL, added: “We are excited to partner with EA SPORTS and ESPN to bring the Madden Club Championship and Madden Ultimate League to the millions of Madden NFL fans globally and to broadcast these competitions from our key fan events, like the Super Bowl and the Draft.”“We are also thrilled to be the first major professional sports league to have every team represented in a premier esports event. We are confident our fans will love the competition and action,” Halpin concluded.Starting on Friday, January 26, the quarterfinals of the Madden NFL 18 Club Championship can be watched on ESPNEWS. The next broadcast will be of the final, in which fans can tune in on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.Esports Insider says: Madden NFL coming to mainstream television can only be a good thing for the esport, and it’s reassuring to say ESPN’s commitment to broadcasting competitive gaming to the masses.
Leicester could make a move for QPR striker Charlie Austin, according to The Sun on Sunday.It is claimed that the Foxes, promoted along with Rangers last season, may target Austin if they fail to land Brighton’s Leonardo Ulloa.Austin was linked with Sunderland earlier this week.The Sunday People say Loic Remy’s wage demands could scupper any chance of a move to Arsenal, who are apparently willing to pay QPR £10m for him.There continues to be speculation about Remy’s futureQPR boss Harry Redknapp wants to sign Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer for £6m, again according to the People.West Ham and Southampton are also said to be interested in the 24-year-old Dutchman, who featured for his country at the World Cup in Brazil.The People also say Redknapp wants to seal the signing of Rio Ferdinand on an £80,000-a-week deal and that out-of-contract Rangers striker Bobby Zamora is set to reject Millwall and continue discussions at Loftus Road.Related West London Sport stories: QPR chairman could block Ferdinand moveZamora rejects contract offer from QPRChairman Fernandes could block a deal to sign Ferdinand.Chelsea have again been linked with a possible move for Atletico Madrid’s Spain international Koke, this time by the Sunday Telegraph.Meanwhile, the Sunday Express suggest Chelsea could be interested in Roma’s Medhi Benatia and may also target Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore, who is apparently available for £25m.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The office of the Auditor-General was set up in terms of Chapter 9 of South Africa’s Constitution. As one of the so-called Chapter Nine institutions, it was set up to safeguard the country’s constitutional democracy. Here we take a look at the Office of the Auditor-General, how it works, and what it does.The Auditor-General produces audit reports on all government departments, public entities, municipalities and public institutions every year – with the aim of helping to ensure accountability and good governance in the public sector. (Image: Auditor General South Africa)Brand South Africa ReporterWe take a look at the Office of the Auditor-General, how it works and what it does.What is the Auditor-General?The office of the Auditor-General was set up in terms of Chapter 9 of South Africa’s Constitution. As one of the so-called Chapter Nine institutions, it was set up to safeguard the country’s constitutional democracy.The independence of the Auditor-General is guaranteed by the Constitution, which states the Auditor-General must be impartial and must exercise its powers and perform its functions without fear, favour or prejudice.What does the Auditor-General do?Its functions are set out in the Constitution, and are further regulated in the Public Audit Act.The Auditor-General produces audit reports on all government departments, public entities, municipalities and public institutions every year – with the aim of helping to ensure accountability and good governance in the public sector.The audit outcomes are analysed in general reports that cover both the Public Finance Management Act and Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) cycles.The Auditor-General also conducts discretionary audits, performance audits and other special audits. It can also investigate a matter raised by a member of the public if the AG considers it to be in the public interest.Who is South Africa’s Auditor-General?The Auditor-General is appointed by Parliament for a fixed term of between five and 10 years.Thembekile Kimi Makwetu, a qualified chartered accountant, is South Africa’s Auditor- General. He was appointed as Deputy Auditor-General in 2007, and took over from Terence Nombembe as Auditor-General in December 2013. Shauket Fakie served as Auditor-General until 2006. The current Deputy Auditor-General is Tsakani T Ratsela.What is ‘clean administration’?In 2006, just a few days after his appointment as the Auditor-General, Terence Nombembe had this to say about clean administration: “Public sector audits go beyond merely expressing an opinion on the financial statements. When we audit the public sector, we also comment on the effectiveness of key management processes and give feedback on compliance with laws and regulations. We have to report in a manner that enables Parliament and the executive to account for how they deal with taxpayers’ money.”What happens to the reports?The Auditor-General’s annual and discretionary reports are tabled to the legislature with a direct interest in the audit – that is, Parliament, provincial legislatures or municipal councils. These reports are then used in accordance with their own rules and procedures for oversight.Who does the Auditor-General answer to?While independence of the Auditor-General is guaranteed under the Constitution, the office is accountable to the National Assembly and has to report on its activities and performance of its functions.The main accountability instruments are the Auditor-General’s budget and strategic plan, as well as the annual report, both of which are tabled annually in the National Assembly.The Standing Committee on the Auditor-General, established in terms of Public Accountability Act, oversees the performance of the Auditor-General on behalf of the National Assembly.The Auditor-General’s office is a self-funding organisation that bills its auditees – government institutions – based on time worked at public tariffs.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest See results from Day 1 of The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourSee results from Day 2 of The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourSee how Day 4 is going on The Pro Farmer Crop TourThe most noticeable thing for me so far this week is the change in crop health as we move west. After Monday in Ohio and Indiana, I didn’t notice getting cut up by corn fields as I traversed through 60 some odd rows 15 times. After yesterday’s Illinois fields, I felt every cut on my forearms. Ouch! If the Iowa crops are as good as they say they are I may need a first aid kit!I visited with Illinois Field Agronomist Jarrod Hudson with DuPont Pioneer last night here in Bloomington about what crops in this area has faced this growing season.Ty’s Wrap for WednesdayShould be interesting as we leave Bloomington and travel to Iowa City today. We are on Central time from here on out.8:26 a.m. (CST) We are getting off to a late start as our route is taking us south of Springfield to start, which is about an hour from Bloomington. Luckily, I have an Indiana farmer driving and two investors along for the ride so the conversation have been very colorful as to what we’ve seen so far.Our first stop was on Sangamon County, Illinois and it was a pretty nice start to Day 3. The corn was very well populated and the ear fill was decent. We are seeing more nutrient deficiencies in this part of the state. The soybeans were so tall they couldn’t hold their own weight, but the pod count was a little lower than we expected. Our corn average was 180.5 and our pod count came in at 1064.8.Sangamon Co, Illinois8:51 a.m.Our stop in Macoupin County, Illinois was better for the corn than the soybeans. This corn was planted in 20 inch rows and will yield out at 195. The bean field had some gaping holes and the canopy was not even close to closing. We counted 750 pods in a 3 x 3 square.Macoupin Co, Illinois9:15 a.m.We met the Greene County, Illinois farmer of these fields and he told us after he planted this corn it had a rough time popping up and once he got rain, he got more than enough. Variability and insect pressures were easily seen in this field that will yield about 132 according to our results. The beans were planted on May 1 and they too had a hard time getting set. Our pod count was 946 as population was strong in these 30 inch soybeans.Greene Co, Illinois9:38 a.m.Well that was fun. This corn field was, by far, the best I’ve seen this week. The Morgan County, Illinois field will yield 263.5. These ears are heavy and all over the field. The soybeans came in at 1107 pods and did show some pest pressure, but all in all in great shape.Morgan Co, Illinois10:10 a.m.Cass County, Illinois is our next stop. One of our ears had a hard time at pollination and there were aphids all over this field that we figure will bring in 203 bushels per acre. The soybeans were a very nice height and one of the few 15 inch rows we found in this area. Our pod count was 1011.Cass Co, Illinois10:55 a.m.Into Schuyler County, Illinois now and soybeans continue to hold their own and have been very even by our numbers all day. This corn field, however, will bring down our daily average as it clocks in with a 140. The soybean number was 1060.Schuyler Co, Illinois11:23 a.m.This field in McDonough County, Illinois was planted corn on corn and it was not a great season for that. Although some parts looked like the picture below, some of the field was decent. We came out with an average of 166 bu/ac, which is below par for our route today. The soybeans, planted in 30 inch rows, had a low population and was our second worst field of the day with 918 pods in a 3 x 3 square.McDonough Co, IllinoisMcDonough Co, Illinois 12:10 p.m.Hancock County is our final Illinois stop and what a stop it was. This corn was tall and in great health. We figured for sure it would be our best field, but it came up just shy at 247. The beans were the nicest we’ve seen all say at over 1400 pods.Hancock Co, IllinoisHancock Co, IllinoisHancock Co, IllinoisMy crew’s Illinois averages were a solid 190.96 for corn (with some lower samples) and a pod count of 1032.5 in a 3 x 3 feet square.2:00 p.m.We had lunch just after crossing the Mississippi into Iowa and then we took our first Hawkeye sample in Lee County. This corn was just average because the ears were on the smallish side for the day. The soybeans were almost took thick to get in to but the 30 inch rows held our pod count down to 1060.8.Lee Co., IowaLee Co., Iowa 2:21 p.m.Our second Iowa stop was in Henry County, Iowa and this is about what you would expect in this state. The corn stand was excellent and all three ears in our sample looked great. Our yield count here is 196 bushels to the acre. The soybeans were also very healthy and it took awhile to count these pods. Our number is 1707.84 here.Henry Co, IowaHenry Co, Iowa3:03 p.m.Louisa County, Iowa was a pretty impressive stop for my crew. You can tell by how green the grass is here that moisture is not a problem and this fully dented corn field was showing the signs of a great season. Our calculations put this field at 231.7 bushels. The bean field was just as amazing. A high population and heavily podded plants made this one of the best of the day at 1626.8.Louisa Co, IowaLouisa Co, Iowa3:45 p.m.This will be our final stop before heading in to Iowa City for the night. Muscatine County, Iowa had quite a few holes that we noticed as we drove toward this field and too much water late in the season was the story from these ears. The population was a little low and ear length struggled, putting this field at a 167.4 yield estimate. The soybeans were in 30 inch rows and population was average. Our count here was 1048.8Our Iowa averages were 1363.56 pods in a 3 x 3 square and corn at 192 bushels to the acre.Our Iowa averages were 1363.56 pods in a 3 x 3 square and corn at 192 bushels to the acre.Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Illinois.Corn –171.64 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 163.01 b/a.Soybeans – 1190.47 pods in 3X3 foot square. The 3 year average is 1119.73.
Captain Ricky Ponting led from the front, scoring a breezy century in the final against India, to ensure Australia win their second straight – and third overall – World Cup. But the final in Johannesburg will be remembered as much for Sourav Ganguly’s debatable decision to bowl after winning the toss.The Aussies celebrate their victory over India in the final.Australia thrashed India by a whopping 125 runs in the final and that gave Ganguly’s critics ammunition to fire over his decision.They opined that he opted to bowl not due to any cricketing acumen but for the fear of the sharp Aussie pace attack.To be fair to the India captain, when the captains went out for the toss there was a heavy cloud cover over New Wanderers Stadium and the ground was damp. Even Ponting had said that had he won the toss, he would have bowled first.Boosted by Ponting’s 121- ball unbeaten 140 ( 8x6s, 4x4s), Australia posted a challenging 359 for two wickets in 50 overs, with Damien Martyn being the second highest scorer with an 88 not out (84 balls, 7x4s, 1×6).They were associated in an unbeaten third- wicket partnership of 234 that took the stuffing of Indian attack and ensured that the first prize worth $ 2m was Australia’s.Opener Adam Gilchrist chipped in with a half- century while Harbhajan Singh was the only Indian to take wickets.India began the chase abysmally, losing Sachin Tendulkar for four in the first over bowled by Glenn McGrath and they were never in the hunt for the rest of the innings, despite an 81- ball 82 from Virender Sehwag (10x4s, 3x6s).advertisementRahul Dravid’s was the only other significant contribution as he scored 47 off 57 balls.When India were 103 for three, rains forced players off the field. But the game resumed after 25 minutes and no overs were deducted.The win, a thoroughly deserved one, was Australia’s 17th consecutive ODI win.Tendulkar, who tallied 673, was adjudged the man of the tournament.The contentious Super Six stage, the second of the four stages of the tournament, was retained despite its criticism in the previous tournament. In the semi- finals, Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 48 runs by Duckworth & Lewis method and India thrashed Kenya by 91 runs in a rather easy outing.Barring the ignominy of losing Shane Warne to a positive drug test – he was tested positive for banned diuretics hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride and was banned for one year – before the tournament started, Australia were easily the best team. That Australian juggernaut rolled on despite losing pacer Jason Gillespie too, due to a heel injury, says volumes about their professionalism.Except for the defeat in the final, India had a dream run, especially considering that they were mauled on the tour of New Zealand just preceding the World Cup. The team, however, started tentatively as they struggled against the Netherlands before overcoming them, and gradually gained confidence.The tournament fetched a profit of $ 194 million – a huge increase on the $ 51 million earned in 1999 in England.Highlights of 2003Sachin Tendulkar was the highest run scorer of the tournament with an aggregate of 673 runs, which is most by a batsman in any World Cup so far.Just before the start of the World Cup, Shane Warne was handed a one- year ban for failing a dope test.The Aussie leg-spinner tested positive for banned diuretics hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride.India lost just two matches and both the losses came against Australia, who remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.The tournament saw the last Cup appearance of Jonty Rhodes, Allan Donald, Gary Kirsten, Wasim Akram and Aravinda de Silva.
Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon released a statement regarding the incident that took place two years ago at a bar on campus, apologizing to the woman whose face he broke and those he disappointed.Here’s the statement that he released today from The Oklahoman:For the last two years, my lawyers have advised me against speaking publicly about an incident that occurred very shortly after I arrived in Norman. Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: I am sorry.He continued.I was not drinking; I have never had a drink in my life. At the end of the night, a group of apparently drunk people started harassing us. Some of my teammates were wise enough to leave. I did not, and I am sorry.I apologize to Amelia Molitor and the friends who were with her that night. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the University of Oklahoma, and its fans. I apologize to my family and friends. I realize I let a lot of people down. I apologize to all those I disappointed or hurt.Mixon’s only public comments on the situation came during a required media availability at the Sooners bowl last season, where he repeatedly declined comment and had his hand held by an OU public relations official. Mixon said that he will no longer make any comments on the incident in the letter. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State is in the mix for three-star outside linebacker prospect Mata Hola of Sandy, Utah, according to a report from Deseret News sports reporter Ryan McDonald. Hola has the Pokes in his final four schools, along with Utah State, Boise State and BYU.Alta LB Mata Hola’s final four: BYU, Utah State, Boise State and Oklahoma State— Ryan McDonald (@ryanwmcdonald) January 4, 2017So west coast school, west coast school, west coast school and OSU. Intersting.Hola is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect who, according to Scout, only has offers from BYU, Hawaii and Utah State. So either OSU is recruiting him hard but hasn’t pulled the trigger, or OSU’s offer simply hasn’t made its way to the public. I’d suspect the latter, given that OSU likes to keep it’s targets who many would define as “sleepers” under the radar for as long as possible.Oklahoma State has several linebackers in it’s 2017 recruiting class: JUCO inside linebacker Patrick Macon, and outside linebacker and early enrollee Brendaan Vaughn.With Josh Mabin and Seth Jacobs retiring early from OSU, along with Devante Averette and Jordan Burton expending his final year of eligibility this season, at outside linebacker/STAR, there’s a strong need for linebackers and Hola could certainly help fill that void as a solid prospect that would fit nicely in OSU’s hybrid linebacker position.
With offers from 30 schools including UCLA, Cal, OU, LSU, Michigan and others, this will be a tough recruitment. Trying to make up ground this *late* in the process will be a tall task, but Gordon is one that’s at least worth giving it a shot for.Josh Henson looking ahead to 2019 with offer to Texas OLNew offensive line coach Josh Henson extended an offer to 2019 offensive tackle Vick Curne — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Second Baptist, Texas. Curne is a relative unknown but his frame and 300 pound body suggests he won’t be for long.In-state offensive lineman offeredCan you tell Henson’s been busy? The best part is that he’s unearthing talent within the Oklahoma border that he likes. He offered OKC area offensive lineman Owen Condon earlier this week, and he also offered Bixby offensive guard Bryce Bray — former teammate of OSU defensive tackle signee Brendon Evers.Bray’s a three-star recruit and a 6-foot-5 inside lineman. He was named the Dallas Opening lineman MVP this past weekend, and tested through the roof in drills. He’s got versatility to play guard and tackle and he plays physical with a mean streak. Sign. Me. Up.2018 Bixby OG Bryce Bray (@_bbray_75) uses hands well here to keep DL off his body. Beats had a nice day today. #OKPreps pic.twitter.com/ABk1duCJAb— Alex King (@AKing_TFB) March 5, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with all the latest Oklahoma State news and recruiting information with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Tulsa Union’s CJ Moore recruitment updateFour-star Union wide receiver CJ Moore dropped his list of top six schools on Tuesday, announcing that the Cowboys have made his list along with some heavyweight programs including Ohio State.Top 6?? pic.twitter.com/JgLFA6TEPP— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) March 8, 2017Moore, a relative of former OSU wide receiver Tracy Moore, and by extension former OSU signee Tramonda Moore, has a long history of Oklahoma State ties. OSU is battling some big names for his commitment, and keeping him in the state is Kasey Dunn’s top priority for the 2018 class. Moore is a once-in-a-decade receiver who happens to be homegrown. At 6-foot-5 with production to boot, he’ll be a name to continue to monitor as the spring and summer evolve.Oklahoma nabs in-state safetyTeammate to CJ Moore, Patrick Fields, committed to the Oklahoma Sooners over the weekend. The versatile linebacker/safety from Union picked OU over offers from TCU, Notre Dame, OSU, and others.Despite an offer from the Cowboys, they were never really in the mix for his service — due in large part to his strong OU lean. The moment the Sooners offered (they were his third Division I offer), he was basically all in, from what I’ve been told. His recruitment past that point was little more than a formality. He’s a homegrown Sooner.Oklahoma State offers 2018 Running BackFiled under: “This might be a longshot but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯” files, Oklahoma State has extended an offer to junior running back prospect Asa Martin. Martin is a four-star recruit with 20 Division I offers including Ole Miss, Michigan, OU, and others.Martin made a recent visit to Norman on an unofficial basis all the way from Decatur, Alabama, but it is believed that he didn’t stop by Stillwater on his way, for what it’s worth. But with John Wozniak at the helm and his recent stay at Southern Miss, this might not be totally off the wall — Martin is being heavily recruited in the Southwest region and it’s likely a connection was made prior to his arrival in Stillwater.Manvel defensive back offeredIf you’re fishing for talent in Texas, Manvel isn’t a bad place to start. The school has been a talent factory, but Oklahoma State hasn’t been able to make in roads to the talent-rich school. That isn’t stopping them from trying, as they offered three-star cornerback Trent Gordon this week:
Unfortunately, I have two other words to describe OSU’s chances: Long shot. Muhammad has made a trip to Stillwater in the past year, and OSU has maintained a relationship with him, but all signs point to him being a blue-chipper through and through. Although 247 predictions favor Clemson, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him stay in-state and commit to the Longhorns.Bralen TaylorCuero (Texas) tight end Bralen Taylor is another target who committed recently while OSU held a commitment from McTear, but his decommitment could entice Taylor to reconsider.The 6-foot-7 pass-catcher is verbal committed to Baylor and has a slew of options that includes Florida, Ole Miss, Georgia, Nebraska, and others. Unlike Trahan, I think Taylor is more of a longshot than a likely flip.PredictionWhile adding a Muhammad or Taylor to the mix, the most likely scenario for OSU right now is playing the wait-and-see game with Palmer or pushing Trahan with his pledge to the Cougars. Because Palmer has proven to be a Division I caliber player before, I like OSU’s odds of perhaps snatching him up before he blows up in his senior year if he proves to be past the devastating Achilles injury.Another scenario I can see playing out is one OSU has made a habit of in bouncing back from decommitments, which is taking more time to evaluate and develop targets. When OSU lost a last-second pledge at tight end in the 2017 cycle, OSU snatched up local prospect Baron Odom from his commitment to Rice. OSU hunting for committed prospects again could be what plays out in the coming weeks and months as National Signing Day approaches. Christian TrahanTrahan committed to Houston back in June, choosing the Cougars over 20 other options that also included Memphis, SMU and others. But at the time of his commitment, OSU held a commitment at tight end in McTear. But with McTear out, Trahan is a legitimate option to fill the void.Although not as athletic as McTear, Trahan has the size and ability to fill a role as the cowboy back. He’s a solid pass-catcher, and great in space as a blocker in a way that reminds me of Blake Jarwin.Mustapha MuhammadTwo words: Game-changer. Muhammad is one of the most wanted tight ends in the country with offers from the likes of Texas, Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, LSU and others, so landing him would be the biggest grab for OSU since … Tylan Wallace? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oh, how things can change.Just one month ago, 2018 tight end prospect Nic McTear said he would go to OSU and stick with his Pokes pledge “unless something major happens.”“It’s coach (Mike) Gundy,” McTear told Scout as he raved about the Cowboy culture as a recruit. “He keeps it real. He is consistent too. He has been there for like the last 10 years. Every single year they go to a bowl game and they just keep it simple. He is just everything you want in a coach. I feel like I am firm where I am at.”McTear decommitted from OSU on Saturday, leaving a massive void for OSU in its 2018 class at cowboy back to fill. And while replacing an athletic, 6-4 pass catcher who can do it all won’t be easy, it’s absolutely necessary considering the evolution of the position and the importance of it in the offense in Stillwater. So here’s a look at some candidates OSU will be targeting to gain a commitment from in the 2018 class.AdChoices广告James PalmerWestmoore (OKC) product James Palmer picked up plenty of interest a year ago from major schools, garnering an early offer from Oklahoma State. But a season-ending ruptured Achilles injury last year had schools — including OSU — taking a wait-and-see approach as he makes a return back to the gridiron.“I’m excited to see what happens during the season, because a lot of coaches are trying to figure out if I can still run again — as if going to those camps weren’t enough,” Palmer told The Oklahoman in early July. “They want to see what I can do in game formations and stuff like that.”At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Palmer’s ability and tangibles has never been a question. But with such a serious injury, OSU is waiting to see how well he looks when he makes it back on the field. If he can make a bounce-back for his senior season, the Cowboys have a legitimate shot at landing his services. Right now, his other offers are from Colorado State, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis and Ohio.