Two goals in as many minutes saw Chelsea level from 2-0 down in a dramatic second half at Stamford Bridge.The Blues appeared to be heading for another home defeat after John Terry’s own goal and a brilliant strike from Kevin Mirallas put Everton in charge.They had gone in front four minutes after the break when Terry contrived to turn Leighton Baines’ cross into his own net.Ross Barkley hit the near post immediately afterwards but that was only a temporary reprieve, as Mirallas curled a beautiful left-footed shot beyond Thibaut Courtois.On the hour mark, Fabregas’ improvised flick which looped up and had to be clawed away by Everton keeper Tim Howard seemed to energise Chelsea.They pulled a goal back when Fabregas’ 50-yard pass saw Costa nip in ahead of Phil Jagielka and Howard before rolling the ball into an empty net.And within seconds Everton’s lead had gone – Costa returned the favour to Fabregas with a neat pass and the Spaniard’s shot took a big deflection before going in.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic (Oscar 55); Willian, Fabregas, Pedro (Kenedy 66); Costa. Subs: Begovic, Baba, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Remy.Everton: Howard; Baines, Stones, Jagielka, Oviedo; Besic, Barry; Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon; Lukaku.Subs: Robles, Funes Mori, Cleverley, Osman, Deulofeu, Pienaar, Kone.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *WASHINGTON, D.C. – As he returned home, Quinn Cook felt both inspired and saddened.What inspired Cook: he relished going with teammate and childhood Kevin Durant on Wednesday evening to the unveiling of “The Durant Center.” Then, Cook saw how a new facility will help about 69 students from their hometown (Pringe George County, Md) with various academic, financial and …
A lecture building at NWU’s Mafikeng campus. Prof Dan Kgwadi said the new science centre will benefit communities of North West. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Phenyo Mogkothu Communications Officer North West University +27 18 389 2276 or +27 76 689 9250RELATED ARTICLES • Giant leap for science in Ethiopia• First university for Mpumalanga • Budget big on education, jobs • Science university for BotswanaBongani NkosiA new science centre that recently opened at the North West University’s (NWU) Mafikeng campus is meant to benefit the community as much as it does the institution’s students.“It serves the major purpose of bringing the community into the university,” said NWU Mafikeng campus rector Prof Dan Kgwadi during an interview in the North West province’s capital city. “It’s a bridge between the community and the university.”NWU’s Mafikeng campus is located in Mmabatho unit 6, a middle-class community surrounded by many townships and villages.NWU is aiming to attract primary and high school learners, their teachers and the general community. According to the institution, some of the advantages for communities include access to NWU’s infrastructure and specialist information on science and technology, and advice on career opportunities in the discipline of science.Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor officially opened the centre on 30 August. It’s equipped with new science, engineering and technology instrumentation funded by the department to the tune of R500 000 (US$67 000).The North West Department of Education, local municipalities, Mafikeng FET and Department of Science and Technology all collaborated with NWU for the creation of the R1.6-million ($200 000) science centre. Previously the closest science centre in the North West province was over 200 km from Mafikeng, according to the university.Learners from the province are welcome to use the centre for their science projects. “It’s more to promote science in disadvantaged communities,” Kgwadi said. “We hope that interest will be inculcated in the young ones to pursue careers in science.”The centre is expected to host about 75 000 learners each year.Every community member is welcome in the centre, said Kgwadi. “Parents can also bring their children to visit the centre – by so doing they promote interest in science.”To raise awareness, the university is organising trips to the centre for learners from surrounding areas. Kgwadi said they are currently making arrangements with a local chief to bus in learners from his village. Four other villages will also visit soon.The North West Department of Education is planning to bring in about 300 learners, a visit that should have already happened but has been disrupted by the ongoing public teachers’ strike.“We’ll continue to invite learners,” said Kgwadi.No more once-off science weeksPreviously the university used to host science weeks. However, the advantage now is that learners in the province will be exposed to the field of study permanently, Kgwadi noted. “This centre ensures that we do not just host a week of science, but that people can come at any time to find out more.”The national science department organises science weeks in August every year.During the centre’s opening ceremony Pandor said funding science centres like that of NWU is another way of enticing young South Africans to discover science.“In fact, we believe science centres have a crucial role to play in strengthening grassroots science awareness campaigns,” she said. “This is particularly important for provinces such as the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga. They do not have the benefit of housing some of our country’s leading universities and research facilities, unlike Gauteng and the Western Cape, for example.”
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 the Jayhawks basketball team continues to win the Big 12 year, after year, after year, the Kansas football team is off to another disappointing start. David Beaty’s Jayhaws sit at 1-5 (0-3 in the Big 12) as the Cowboys come to town to play a Kansas team that has only won once in 2016, a 55-6 win over Rhode Island.Beaty is off to a 1-17 start at one of the hardest jobs in college football, and has yet to win a Big 12 conference game. Kansas did play TCU very well two weeks ago, eventually falling 24-23, but followed that up with a 49-7 blistering at the hands of the Baylor Bears last week.Oklahoma State will come into the game well rested off their bye week, and will look to get the second half of the season started right against the worst team in the Big 12. However, the last two trips to Lawrence have been anything but cakewalks.In 2012, the Cowboys barely hung on in a rain-soaked monsoon, 20-14, against the Charlie Weis-lead Jayhawks. Then in 2014, the Cowboys’ last trip to Lawrence, they survived in a 27-20 win. Overall, the Cowboys lead the all-time series with Kansas 35-29-2. Let’s take a look at a few numbers to know for Kansas-Close Calls Aside, Mike Gundy Owns KansasThe Cowboys have won seven in a row against the Jayhawks and 12 out of 13 overall. The only time Mike Gundy has lost to the Jayhawks came in 2007 the year that Kansas beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. The Cowboys are a 24-point favorite this year, and if they remember to set their alarms for that 11 AM kickoff, should walk to a fairly straight forward victory.Justice Hill Has Another Opportunity For A Big DayKansas has struggled to stop the run in 2016, allowing 197.2 yards per game on the ground, good for 95th in the NCAA. Justice Hill’s mini-streak of 100-yard games came to an end against Iowa State, but still picked up 57 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.The Cowboys need to establish the ground game early against Kansas, and Justice Hill should be in line to rebound in a big way this Saturday.Can the Cowboys get back in the polls?Oklahoma State received 51 votes in the AP poll last week, and look to be close to re-entering the top 25. A win over Kansas would make the Cowboys an incredible 50-6 against their last 56 unranked opponents.It’s a sign of how consistent the Cowboys have been under Mike Gundy, and proves the point- if the talent level is similar or in Mike Gundy’s favor, he’s a good bet to win.
Jordan Sterns is insane. https://t.co/utPwTH7BlP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20164. OSU was actually not that bad on offense …Oklahoma State averaged 3.14 points per drive on offense today.The No. 12 team in the nation averages 3.12 points per drive (#FireYurcich). It’s not always pretty, but Yurcich and Co. somehow always figure out a way to put up points. And yes, I know it was Kansas. Kansas also allows just 2.85 points per drive so you were better than the average team against them.5. … the offense also got a lot of help from its defenseOklahoma State’s drives started on its own 42 on average. That’s a crazy number. Mason Rudolph was nearly trotting out to midfield on average. OSU’s defense was throwing its offense some absolute softballs. In the second half, OSU started with the ball inside Kansas’ 30 three times.My biggest issue with the offense is that sometimes it feels like it’s trying to do too much. There was a ridiculous delay of game with 8:30 left in the second quarter that screamed “our playbook used to be eight plays and now it’s 800 and we don’t know what to run!”And I get it. Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken were better coordinators. There’s a reason they went on to become head coaches. I understand that this O doesn’t have the beauty of a Holgorsen-coached one. But it does seem to always figure out how to put up points when it needs them most, and that should count for something.Justice Hill is insane. https://t.co/f6er8hbedA— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20166. Jalen McCleskey might be this team’s soulJames Washington was virtually nonexistent on Saturday. He was rarely targeted by Mason Rudolph, and even when he was, it did not go well.? pic.twitter.com/NGqQdkWN7E— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016On the other hand, Jalen McCleskey caught six passes for 129 yards and gave Mason Rudolph a lift when he needed it. All of that led to this amazing stat.Touches and yards today:James Washington: 3 for 19 yardsCowboy D-linemen: 3 for 73 yards— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20168. Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield …I’m scared.Ramon can’t set enough phone alarms for me to not be terrified of what they’re going to do to this secondary. Montrell Cozart (!!) threw for 250 yards (and it really should have been 320 if homeboy hadn’t taken one off the facemask for Sterns to take the other way). His previous career high in a Big 12 game was 150 against Iowa State last year.Montrell Cozart (MONTRELL COZART!) lit up OSU’s secondary so bad I thought Mary Fallin might institute a burn ban in northern Oklahoma for the rest of the month. What are Mahomes and Mayfield going to do?9. Mason Rudolph — good, not greatI thought Rudolph was all right on Saturday. He didn’t throw it away, leaned on No. 27 and protected what his defense gave him. His stats don’t wow you (16/24 for 220 yards and a TD), but it’s more disconcerting that an inability of OSU’s receivers to get open led to five sacks and a loss of 31 yards.One of Rudolph’s best qualities is field awareness and checking down, and he just had nothing going on. If you’re Mike & Mike you have to have Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D-Z for getting No. 28 open or using him as a high-level decoy. You can’t just say, “welp, KU is bracketing him so I guess we just better run it 65 times” against better defenses.10. No. 100 vs. Dana would be so sweetPeople will poo poo on this, but a 24-point win in Lawrence is a 24-point win in Lawrence. Do I wish it would have been 74-10? I do. But OSU whipping Kansas 27-7 in the second half gives it a little momentum going into the Homecoming game against West Virginia next week.And there would be nothing better than Jhajuan Seales and Tre Flowers dumping a Gatorade bucket of Red Bull on the head ball coach, lifting him to the skies and letting him crowdsurf the student section as OSU celebrates not only Homecoming but hopefully ruining West Virginia’s perfect season.I know today was supposed to be win No. 100 (or No. 101), but few scenarios could be better than beating an old pal at home to hop back into the Big 12 title race. Onto the next one. BOX SCOREOklahoma State held on early and torched Kansas late nabbing three turnovers and riding freshman Justice Hill to its fifth win of the season. There was more angst than Mark Mangino at a Souper Salad in the first two quarters, but OSU did what OSU has done for several years now: Played poorly for long stretches against bad teams but still won handily at the end.The Pokes actually hit the spread (-24) right on the nose with Chris Carson’s final touchdown halfway through the fourth quarter and a game that felt incongruent at halftime was put to bed with a little juice heading for Homecoming next week. Let’s take a look at 10 Thoughts on OSU and Kansas.1. Justice Hill is a starHe has been a star for a while now, and he’s only solidifying it with every 100-yard rushing game he posts. He had 22 carries for 162 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and a touchdown on Saturday against Kansas. Kansas is No. 94 nationally in yards allowed per carry so I’m not going to lose my mind here, but it has become clear that Hill has the potential to be one of the best in the Mike Gundy Era.Also, quick shoutout to Chris Carson for an equally-strong day in his return from a broken hand (he also had 7.4 YPC). His ceiling sort of is what it is, and he’s had terrific days against bad teams (UTSA last year) so I’m not as excited about the rest of his career as, say, Hill. But he still has a legitimate role on this team for the rest of the season.Chris Carson high jump!! https://t.co/DwB84MRbUf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 20162. This is Who We areI do love the weekly “we gotta fire everybody, quit playing football and burn the school down lest we are unable to harvest the grounds for wheat two years from now because OSU just went three and out” outrage on Twitter.(actually I do not love that at all)Here’s the reality: OSU is a good football team that is 5-2 (and should be 6-1) with a chance to win eight or nine games. Everything doesn’t have to be the best or worst thing in all of college athletics history.What evidence do we have in the last three years that this team is going to be a team that houses bad opponents early and often on the road? Zero. There is none. Is that frustrating? Absolutely. Do I wish it was different? Yes, I wish the Oil Baron was playing entire halves.But at what point do we just start expecting to be in close games for 30-40 minutes against crappy teams like Kansas? Why do we act more surprised than Kansas’ basketball players the first time they saw Bill Self without his toupee on every week it happens?3. It’s always Been About turnoversAlways has been. Always will be. Oklahoma State is now 48-6 when it creates three or more turnovers in the Mike Gundy Era. The flip side to this is that playing a high-risk, high-reward defense is a. poor for the health of your fans b. really bad when you don’t get those turnovers.Kansas was marching all over OSU’s defense at times on Saturday. It should have scored a TD on this insane three-lateral play, but instead OSU did what OSU does, flipped the field and scored 17 points off turnovers. For most teams, I would say this is untenable. For OSU, it’s commonplace. Just be sure to renew your heart medicine prescription. Sick catch by McCleskey. https://t.co/JUigDTAM0j— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016He is not this team’s best player (Washington). He is not its heartbeat (Rudolph). But he, along with Jordan Sterns, might be its soul. Take them away and you still have something, but it’s not as full-bodied as it could be.7. The Blizzard and Tommie Frazier III have nicknamed DeQuinton Osborne “The Blizzard” and Carson says Vincent Taylor is the next Tommie Frazier. Three — three! — Oklahoma State defensive linemen got touches in the second half between Osborne’s slick pick and Jordan Sterns’ pitch to Taylor who pitched it to Jarrell Owens. That’s the same number of touches James Washington had on offense. 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. 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It’s election day which means we are definitely not going to talk about who we’re voting for. What we’re going to do instead is talk about our nominations if you could only vote for former Oklahoma State players, coaches, administrators and boosters in this election (what a world that would be).Here are our nominees (president/vice president).Justin Southwell: Mike Gundy/Todd MonkenThis duo wins. I would’ve liked to have seen Monken stay longer and develop his recruits in that style of offense.I added some cabinet members for fun.Attorney General: JW WalshSpeaker of the House: Larry ReeceSecretary of State: John W. SmithSecretary of Treasury: Brandon WeedenSecretary of Defense: Brad UnderwoodSecretary of Health: Rob GlassSecretary of Energy: T. Boone PickensSecretary of Education: Russell OkungCaleb Deck: Mike Gundy/Mike HolderShoutout to cousin-in-law Ryan Nash for brainstorm with me!Talk about a leader and the peoples’ president with Mike Gundy. Winner, represents the program and school well, great catchphrases, and tough (see “I’m a man!” rant).Mike Holder fits the VP spot well. He can negotiate the back door deals necessary to keep things going. I may not always agree with him or like his personality but he gets the job done and is as loyal as anyone.Here are some bonus cabinet positions.Secretary of State: Burns HargisSecretary of Interior: Joe Bob ClementsSecretary of Defense: Tony AllenAttorney General: Thayer Evans TBDSecretary of Treasury: T. Boone PickensSecretary of Agriculture: Big CountrySecretary of Labor: Brad UnderwoodPress Secretary: Doug GottliebSecretary of Health and Human Development: Rob GlassKyle Boone: Mike Gundy/Boone PickensI like Gundy as my president because he has earned the utmost respect within the community; he was raised in a good family, never says a word, and occasionally cracks jokes that appeal to the younger demographic like myself.His mullet is hard proof that he’s willing to take a joke way too far to embarrass his children, and that’s a quality I can most certainly respect.The most successful era of Oklahoma State football wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of mega-booster and oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens.If something were to happen to Gundy that he would not be able to continue his duties as president, T. Boone would get his chance to run the organization, which I’m not so sure he secretly wants a crack at from time to time anyway. Good luck with OU!Commit to four more years! #GoPokes #okstate #Election2016 pic.twitter.com/Fr2TZQSRLH— Cowboy FB Recruiting (@CowboyFB_Elite) November 8, 2016Kyle Porter: Les Miles/Mike GundyGet the band back together! It was so hard not to pick Gundy for at least one position (like everyone else). Can you imagine the joint press conferences?Reporter: Why are your jobs numbers in a freefall?Gundy: That’s in-ack-u-rut.Reporter: I have the data right here.Gundy: That ain’t true!Meanwhile President Les balancing the budget would be spectacular. Now if we can somehow make it look like time is going to run out and the government is going to shut down while we still have a monstrous deficit, that’s when I do my best work. [entire cabinet resigns]Plus, we know how he feels about national holidays. We would finally get Fantasy Football Draft Day, MLB Opening Day and the first weekend of CFB as national holidays.The television interviews would be even better. An insanely hoarse Les: One of these countries is a great country and the other is the best country in the world! [Gundy stares deeply into camera like Jim from The Office while wondering if tucked-in hoodies are allowed at the State of the Union].My gosh, I want this. Also, this could hang in the Oval Office.There is only one choice for president and vice president tomorrow. Make America tuck its shirts and jackets in again. pic.twitter.com/30MWM5HFb2— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 7, 2016Kyle Cox: Barry Sanders/Thurman ThomasProbably the best running back duo in college football history. Sanders may be the greatest running back ever but Thomas is the Cowboys’ all-time leading rusher.Both were inducted into both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames. The choice is simple. You can’t find a pair more deserving. Plus they just sound like a presidential duo. Sanders. Thomas. Sanders/Thomas.Make your voice heard and cast your vote for Sanders/Thomas.Let us know who you would vote for below. 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. We already saw Zach Crabtree break down the top 10 offensive plays of 2016 so here’s a look at Jordan Sterns breaking down the top 10 on defense. No. 1 might surprise you. Sterns had a great quote.“I thought I was going to get it,” said Sterns. “Of course Ramon took it from me.”The crazy KU play didn’t make the cut, but there were multiple plays from the TCU game which was pretty easily OSU’s best outing of the year on defense.“Six points would be cool,” said Sterns of what the defense was thinking against TCU. “It doesn’t happen very much anymore. Especially in the Big 12.”
Oklahoma State’s 2017 recruiting class is in the books with national signing day in the books. Twenty-one members, five of which are early enrollees, are now officially Cowboys. To go full coach cliché: they filled needs at key positions, all of them come from good mommies and daddies, and it’s an exciting time for Oklahoma State football.With the class all but finished (except one more spot yet to be filled), where did the class finish in the recruiting rankings? Here’s a look at the Big 12 standings:After being ranked second in the Big 12 with less than a month before signing day, Texas and TCU had a late surge on the recruiting trail to overtake the Cowboys, and Baylor’s Matt Rhule went from one commitment to 27 in just a two-month span.As you can see, OSU had 21 total signees — but the rankings give more weight to schools with higher-rated prospects (obviously). Texas signed just 18 prospects, however seven of those were considered 4-star recruits. And TCU signed the same number of players as OSU, but they signed four 4-star prospects (and three 2-stars! What are you doing, Gary Patterson?!)OSU slipped to 38th overall in in the national standings. Here is how OSU has finished since 2011 in the Big 12 arms race:2011: 4th2012: 6th2013: 4th2014: 4th2015: 6th2016: 6th2017: 4thAnd nationally? It’s basically more of the same.2011: 25th2012: 33rd2013: 30th2014: 28th2015: 39th2016: 44th2017: 38thOklahoma State’s recruiting for its next class generally picks up in the spring ahead of signing day (11 months or so in advance). But the good news is that OSU has the foundation for a solid 2018 class. Four-star quarterback Spencer Sanders is in the fold, as is inside linebacker Blake Barron. That’s two more commitment than OSU had at this time last year.Having a commitment at the quarterback position set is key in building out the class. So with that already set, look for OSU to try and gather some recruiting momentum over the spring as they prepare for what could be one if its best recruiting classes if they can continue the early momentum. 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. On Thursday, the Big 12 released the schedule for this year’s conference media days. The event will take place July 17-18 in Frisco, Texas.Festivities kick off on Monday with Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech. Oklahoma State will be featured on Tuesday, along with Texas, Baylor, Kansas State and West Virginia.That’s a good group of coaches for Mike Gundy to headline. We’ll get our first look at Tom Herman and Matt Rhule representing their respective schools. Bill Snyder is the elder statesman and should be his normal subdued self. And Dana will be Dana. I wrote about Gundy winning the room and I think he wins this one, even with a charismatic newcomer in Tom Herman.AdChoices广告Along with Gundy, Oklahoma State will be represented by Mason Rudolph, James Washington, Chad Whitener and punter/faux-Heisman dark horse Zach Sinor. This group features three returners from last year. Zach Sinor replaces Jordan Sterns who made the trip in 2016.Check out the full schedule and list of representatives below.Almost time for #Big12FB Media Days! ?? July 17-18 pic.twitter.com/bzmM3dAJTJ— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) July 6, 2017
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.