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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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Oklahoma State whipped Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Thursday afternoon in Gallagher-Iba Arena 92-70 to move to 10-2 on the season in their last non-conference game before the Big 12 slate starts next week.The Islanders hung tough early on, and the score was tied at 17-17 before OSU went on a 30-10 run to blow the contest wide open in the first half. They played mostly even the rest of the way after a cold stretch in the second half prevented the Cowboys from getting to 100.The Cowboys had 49 boards and turned A&M Corpus Christi over 21 times en route to notching their 10th win (it took until January 19 last season for OSU to win 10 games on the year). They once again got it done on the offensive boards as Mitch Solomon pitched in nine (!) of the 22 boards the Pokes snagged offensively, one off the school record. Solomon had 14 rebounds overall.“Coach challenged us before the game to get on the boards,” Solomon told Fox Sports Southwest. “Everyone cheers for each other.” Oklahoma State actually grabbed boards on 47 percent of their missed shots which has become a calling card for Underwood’s young Pokes through a dozen games. Davon Dillard (!) and Leyton Hammonds even had six and seven rebounds respectively.Phil Forte led the way on the scoring end with 19 points on 5/10 from three-point range. It was great to see him get going after some early-season struggles (for him). “Each and every day we’re trying to get a little bit better,” Forte told Fox Sports Southwest after the game.Jeffrey Carroll added 13 points, seven boards and four assists and was his usual impressive self. Thomas Dziagawa and Brandon Averette had 11 points each as Dizzy started the game in NBA Jam mode with some trash talk to boot.The trash talk! ? pic.twitter.com/iJyt9oeKid— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 22, 2016 Jawun Evans had a very average game (for him) but OSU handled its business even without him as Averette and Co. filled in where Evans struggled. The turnovers are still a little disconcerting (OSU had 15 of them), but Forte is right. This team is getting (and has gotten) a little bit better each and every day.Oklahoma State, playing in front of a season-high 8,300 fans, did what it has done for most of the non-conference season. They found a feel for the game early and lit the world on fire in the middle of the game before coasting home. It has been an impressive run for the 10-2 Pokes who now get West Virginia at home on December 30 to start Big 12 Conference play.Are they ready?Are you guys ready for West Virginia? https://t.co/0PwEDSXKaQ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 22, 2016 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. During Mike Gundy’s National Signing Day press conference, “Big Daddy” himself was asked what impact the return of players like Mason Rudolph and James Washington has had on his 2017 recruiting class.“It had an overall effect on morale,” said Gundy. “There is a perception and feeling that’s out there, and there is excitement that’s out there. You have high-profile players like those two and they say they’re coming back. You guys know that they’re non-BS guys and they’re hard workers. You have the leadership established that’s coming back.“There’s excitement. The class of wide receivers in this group is fantastic. They think they’re going to catch passes from Mason, so it impacted their decision and them staying with us. That feeling you get from young men coming back, the perception is always positive.”Tylan Wallace — the 16th ranked wide receiver in the class per 247Sports — falls into that category. Last month he spoke with ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree about Rudolph and Washington’s return for 2017.“It’s going to help me a lot to be able to learn from a guy like James,” said Wallace. “He can break it down for me like nobody else can and that will only help me as a player. And I can’t wait to catch passes from Mason.”Wallace, along with LC Greenwood and Braydon Johnson, will step into a deep and talent-rich wide receiver pool with more stars than just James Washington.Jalen McCleskey, Marcell Ateman, Chris Lacy are all players who had large roles in the offense last season. So finding a role for the young freshman will be a tall task. Nevertheless, the opportunity to learn from a future pro — and catch passes from another — is something that helped draw recruits in and keep them locked with OSU.The recruits are excited. Big Daddy is excited. We’re all excited. How much longer until September?
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. Kyle Porter and Carson Cunningham discussed Oklahoma State’s stunning 82-75 win over West Virginia and what it means for the rest of the season. Davon Dillard’s dunk and Bob Huggins getting sniped from the rafters were also talked about at length.Post game show: Let’s talk about #okstate’s big win over WVU. https://t.co/kFtV0bfGUR— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 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. Both the men and women’s tennis squads were rewarded with opening round hosting duties in the NCAA Tournament Regionals following tremendous seasons.The men’s team received the 11th overall seed in the tournament and will host Drake, their first opponent, No. 25 Illinois, and UMKC.Unlike baseball, the Regionals are single elimination. The Cowboys will look to advance to the second round from Stillwater for the second consecutive year. Coach Jay Udwadia’s hope is that they can capture a similar magic that the ladies did last year.“We’ve seen over the years that any team can make a run through the tournament,” Udwadia said. “We saw it here at OSU last year with the women’s tennis team, so we’re going to take it one match at a time.Coach Udwadia met with members of the media after today’s selection show. Hear what he had to say below. #okstate #NCAATennis pic.twitter.com/oxCQc2CPfI— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) May 3, 2017 “I want to congratulate our guys on being selected to host again this year. We were the No. 16 seed last year and now we’re up to No. 11, but we want to keep going up.We’re not quite done at the Greenwood Tennis Center this season! #okstate draws UMKC in next weekend’s first round. #NCAATennis pic.twitter.com/jCApbBVxkP— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) May 2, 2017Men’s tennis play will begin Friday, May 12th at the Greenwood Center.For the third consecutive year, the Cowgirl tennis team will host a Regional in Stillwater. As the 9th overall seed, the Cowgirls will look to make some serious noise in the postseason after capturing a share of the Big 12 regular season title this year.An experienced and senior led group of ladies will host UMKC, Arkansas, and Wichita St with play beginning Sunday, May 14th. Come out and support the ladies protect their undefeated home court record and journey to back to the title game.The Cowgirls are hosting! Find out details about #okstate’s sixth-straight NCAA Tournament selection here: https://t.co/lXgJTbFZPM pic.twitter.com/CJgwWi2I2F— OSU Women’s Tennis (@CowgirlTennis) May 2, 2017Tickets for both the men’s and women’s matches can be purchased by calling the OSU Athletic office or can be purchased at the Greenwood Center.
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, 3-star defensive end: Obo’s commitment to OSU lasted just about six months before a September offer from the Sooners gave him second thoughts. He later flipped from OU in the cycle and has emerged as OU’s best pass-rusher and a solid replacement to take over in the post-Eric Striker era.Luke Del Rio, 3-star QB: Crisis avoided, perhaps? Del Rio has been a transfer machine ever since he flipped from one OSU (Oklahoma State) to the other (Oregon State) in December before signing day and eventually committing to Alabama as a preferred walk-on. He later transferred from Alabama after making zero impact on the field to Oregon State, where he also was a relative disappointment in 2014. He spent 2015 and 2016 at Florida, but his decision to move on looks good for OSU in hindsight.Tyus Bowser, 3-star defensive end: After a late rise on the recruiting trail, OSU offered Bowser just one month before signing day and earned his commitment. But he flipped to Houston on signing day. Bowser enjoyed a productive college career and was a second round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.2014Mike Gundy rejoiceth. In the class that included Mason Rudolph, Gyasi Akem, Tyreek Hill, Jarrell Owens, Jordan Brailford, Trey Carter and James Washington, there were no decommitments this cycle. It’s possible Gundy now wishes Broken Arrow running back Devon Thomas had stayed with his original commitment to the Sooners, though. As the recruiting game has evolved over the years with more and more information available on social media, it has changed the way coaches approach it, as well as the way recruits receive and respond to attention. So much as a recruiting graphic sent to a recruit can irk players in one direction or another, which is just one of the many factors that has led to more decommitments than we’ve seen in the new age of social media.OSU, unfortunately, is no exception to this new trend. Here’s a look at the ones who got away — from 2012 to 2014 for part one of the series — and where their careers have led them since backing off their OSU pledge. (H/T to Eleven Warriors on the idea)2012Bralon Addison, 4-star receiver: Talk about your all-time “one that got away.” Addison, a Missouri City, Texas native, was committed to OSU for a little over a month before backing off his pledge. He would later commit — then de-commit — from Texas A&M, before joining the Oregon Ducks in a signing day flip in 2012. In three full seasons at Oregon, he amassed 1,937 yards receiving and 146 receptions and has bounced around in the NFL as a special-teamer.Kendall Sanders, 4-star receiver: Like Addison, Sanders was a U.S. Army All-American. His commitment spanned nearly a year before flipping to Mack Brown’s Texas Longhorns in late 2011. (Apparently, the look of Justin Blackmon winning consecutive Biletnikoff Awards was a turnoff). He spent just two seasons in Austin where he totaled 376 receiving yards, but later transferred to finish his career at Arkansas State.Donald Hawkins, 3-star offensive tackle: Hawkins’ commitment was roughly four months long before he, too, flipped to Texas in late December 2011. Hawkins made 24 starts in Austin after coming through the junior college route, and has spent time with Dallas and Carolina in the NFL.2013Fred Ross, 4-star receiver: Fred Ross was a signing day surprise for OSU—and not a good one. He was pledged to the Cowboys for just under a year but on signing day in 2013, he flipped from OSU to Mississippi State. He played in 41 games in four seasons for Mississippi State and totaled 2545 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. 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.
• And that was about it. He spoke highly of Baker Mayfield post-arrest in Fayetteville, his running backs post-Perine and Mixon and Stoops. But he wasn’t too high or too low. He talked a lot about leadership from his entire team which he’ll need given how much they lost.• To judge for yourself, here is the full Riley press conference.Still to ComeMike Gundy takes the stage at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday. He is the last coach to speak for the masses at Big 12 Media Days, and he and his players will sit for a non-televised breakout session from 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.To get the full Tuesday schedule, check my primer. Also, make sure to follow @pistolsguys and @HK_Barber on Twitter, as Kyle Porter and I will be there to cover everything tomorrow. 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 first day of Big 12 Media Days is done, and there was plenty to talk about.TCU coach Gary Patterson took a stand, which wasn’t shocking. Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was berated with questions about his job safety. And Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley made his media day debut.That was just some of what was on tap though. Here are some more highlights.Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby• At last year’s event, Bowlsby was absolutely crushed when he talked and was questioned about the Baylor scandal. This year, there wasn’t too much controversy.• He did have to address the whole Oklahoma State-Central Michigan fiasco, which he drilled right through.AdChoices广告“I think most of you are aware that we’ll be implementing a remote replay command center this year, and it will be staffed up beginning with the first game,” said Bowlsby. “We have high capacity to manage all of our games at the necessary times. We’re excited about it, but I also think we have tremendous officiating on the field. … We want to make sure that we never make a mistake, and replay at the stadium and replay on a command center basis are just ways we employ more tools to try and get it right.”• Bowlsby also gave a nice little shoutout to former Sooner coach Bob Stoops, but he did it in a way that mildly undermined the conference as a whole.“The @Big12Conference is poorer without Bob Stoops.”Commissioner Bob Bowlsby at #Big12FB Media Days on Stoops’ impact.#ThanksBob pic.twitter.com/ALrc1WRy29— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) July 17, 2017• This was not mentioned in the main press conference, but Blair Kerkoff of the Kansas City Star was in Frisco on Monday and dropped this nugget about Bowlsby, who is 65.Big 12’s Bob Bowlsby expects to sign extension through 2025 https://t.co/NTmAOJpXVz— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) July 17, 2017TCU Coach Gary Patterson• TCU finished at 6-6 last season, Patterson’s second worst season since 2004 when the Horned Frogs went 5-6. The following season, they racked up an 11-1 record in their first Mountain West season. Patterson was asked about what changes in his coaching style when things go south, and he went on to tell quite the story about a conversation between a few of his former players and his wife.“‘Mrs. P, I have a question.’ He was having a hard time because of what I put him through in spring and summer and two-a-days. ‘Do you really love Coach P?’ They had a hard time thinking anybody could like me after what they went through. Then he found out what Gary is like, and they’ll tell you, she didn’t hesitate. So the key is we all have to get back to doing what we have to do. We have an obligation to our university. Sometimes we lose our way a little bit. I felt like I hurt my team a little bit.• Patterson has a way of calling out his own coaching styles, philosophies and tactics that works. He went on later about an early signing period and the paradigm of high schoolers and recruiting.“My biggest problem I have with kids right now, maybe even parents, I do more coaching of parents than I do of players,” said Patterson. “Our job is to prepare them for what’s going to happen when they get out of college, and I’m not really sure.“… I ask people all the time because we say, well, what does a student-athlete think? I just ask them one question, at your home, your kids growing up, do you let your teenagers decide what we do in the family? I don’t know about you because mine don’t. Do I ask them what they think? Yes, I do, because I want them to be happy. But they don’t decide how I run my household, and I definitely don’t think they should decide how I run my football program.”Preach. Patterson might have lost a recruit or two Monday with how he classified essentially all of top-level high school football players, but he is right — at least in his eyes — and if that is what gets more of the right types of players to his program vs. the best players, I think that’s something you have to respect.Kansas Coach David Beaty• Here is your monthly reminder that Nov. 19 in Lawrence, Kansas, the Jayhawks beat Texas in overtime. Still can’t believe that, and that was a lot of the talk while Beaty was at the stage. The first question he got was from an Austin American-Statesman reporter who asked about the momentum of that game. So, yes, even in Austin people are still talking about it.• Kansas has a quarterback battle on its hands. Carter Stanley finished the season high (for KU) and Peyton Bender has come in from a community college and previously Washington State. Oh and, just to make things awkward, Beaty said they’re roommates. Certainly, nothing will go wrong.• Beaty finished his presser with the highest of praise for his new offensive coordinator and former OSU lineman and coach Doug Meacham. Just read this:“When I first got to Kansas, I called him ten times and offered him so — I told him, look, look, you can have all the money,” said Beaty. “I’ll hire everybody else for a dollar. You can have it all. What’s it going to take to get you here? Because I just think that much of him.”Texas Tech Coach Kliff Kingsbury• Somehow, this is Kingsbury’s fifth go-round at Big 12 Media Days. He has a sub-.500 record in four seasons and just lost his first-round quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Also, the Red Raiders have the worst statistical defense in the NCAA, and this guy absolutely knows it.This guy is not happy with Tech’s defense. pic.twitter.com/e8sfo274vJ— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) July 17, 2017 • That was the biggest highlight, but that was also just a sample size of what Kingsbury had to go through atop the stage at The Star. Also, he was introduced with a Justin Bieber hit while no other coach had any sort of walk-up music.#GunsUp HC Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t seem too thrilled that Justin Bieber was his walk up music at #Big12MediaDays … pic.twitter.com/Sb5JMmivLr— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) July 17, 2017Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell• It’s probably old news for most people, but Campbell reiterated that last year’s Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning (the one who got hurt in the OSU game last year) has moved to linebacker. Jacob Park (the hippie-looking dual threat) is the full-time thrower.(Iowa State Athletics)• Also, receiver Allen Lazard is back after deciding to stay away from the NFL Draft for now. In an interview with FOX, he said he was going to go out there and show why he is “worth a first-round pick and go get that money.”• Finally, this was a pretty standout quote from Campbell:One of Matt Campbell’s top quotes today. pic.twitter.com/TYVd4prAik— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) July 17, 2017Oklahoma Coach Lincoln Riley• The first guy to represent OU as coach since 1999. Wow. There was plenty of Stoops-flavored Kool-Aid going around, but Riley was exuding his own level-headedness.Someone needs to compare Lincoln Riley’s voice now to what it was three years ago. Seems to be morphing into Stoops’ cadence and accent.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 17, 2017
Premier League Newcastle ‘must improve’ – Benitez hits out at sloppy finishing Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 03:50 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Premier League Newcastle United AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United The Magpies held a comfortable 2-0 lead going into the final 10 minutes but had to settle for a share of the points Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was left to rue a host of missed chances as his side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.The Magpies looked like making it back-to-back Premier League wins after Dwight Gayle twice pounced on poor goalkeeping from Asmir Begovic.Bournemouth pushed to find a way back into the game, and a lifeline arrived courtesy of a fantastic long-range effort from Adam Smith 10 minutes from time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And parity was restored in the 89th minute as former Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling turned home from Nathan Ake’s ball into the box.Jonjo Shelvey squandered a golden opportunity to put the game to bed from close range before the Cherries mounted their impressive comeback – much to Benitez’s frustration.”It is always difficult when you have a team that is pushing at home but we had the chances to finish the game and didn’t do it, we have to improve on that,” Benitez said. “We were in control of the game and had a clear idea of how to do things.”They didn’t have too many chances, I would say that the chance that we missed [Shelvey’s] and then the goal they scored quickly after, that changed everything. After that, we lost control. We have lost two points.”Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits his side failed to turn up for the first 80 minutes, but was full of praise for the way his players salvaged a point during a thrilling finale.”We had been flat and Newcastle were dogged and made it difficult for us, but you have to complement the players for the last 10 minutes,” he told BBC Sport .”That is what we wanted to be, we showed a lot of quality and character to come back.”We started OK but conceded a poor goal and the second one wasn’t pretty either. They were both self-inflicted really, and it is incredibly difficult to lift yourself up from there.”It’s another point that nudges us towards where we want to be – every one could be vital at the end of the season.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MLS Kreis shaping revamped Orlando City for the post-Kaka era Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 00:14 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jerry Lai MLS Orlando City The third-year coach has overseen an offseason overhaul in hopes of leading the franchise to its first MLS playoff appearance Orlando City made a substantial miscalculation. Jason Kreis knows as much now, hindsight being 20/20 and all.But when the club’s front office devised a strategy for the 2017 MLS campaign, an overhaul wasn’t in the cards. The Lions had finished just one point shy of a playoff spot in Kreis’ first full season in charge. Add a starter here, a depth piece there, and Orlando could ride its spark-plug of a new stadium to the club’s first playoff appearance since entering MLS in 2015.”We took a very conscious decision last offseason to not change things radically,” Kreis told Goal. “We took the decision at the time because we felt we were very close to being good enough to be a playoff team, to be a contender for MLS Cup. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “But what we found was we were wrong.”For what it’s worth, the approach looked foolproof for a while. By the time April turned to May, the Lions were preying upon the rest of the Eastern Conference. But that was before the forgiveness of a front-loaded home schedule gave way to an elongated reality check. Having won six of the club’s first seven games, Orlando only notched four victories in its 27 remaining contests while finishing second-to-last in the East.Injuries played their part, and some players underperformed. Off-the-field problems surfaced as well. The reality, though? Orlando just wasn’t good enough.”We felt like we needed to take a more radical direction,” Kreis said. “That was to essentially completely overhaul the team, and we’ve worked extremely hard in the offseason to find new players, to work deals, to trade for some very top-level players and ultimately find people that are like us — that are extremely competitive, that are extremely willing and able to do anything necessary to improve this team and to improve our fortunes.”Trades brought in MLS standouts Sacha Kljestan and Justin Meram to inject the attacking midfield with proven quality. Oriol Rosell — perhaps the smoothest metronome MLS had to offer during his stint with Sporting Kansas City — arrived from Sporting CP. The club hopes the signing of Paraguayan playmaker Josue Colman, 19, brings promise and production. And the back line was bolstered by the acquisition of Senegal international Lamine Sane from Werder Bremen.Factor in midfielder Yoshimar Yotun and forward Dom Dwyer — high-profile additions from midway through last season — and Kreis seems poised to field a first XI virtually unrecognizable from the unit he relied on in the first half of 2017.”We’ve found players that fit the system that Jason and the coaching staff here really want to play,” Orlando defender Jonathan Spector said. “That was key for us. We’ve got good players in those roles, and we’ve got depth now. Now it’s integrating them into the team, getting them to understand the culture of this group and what we’re trying to build here.”Building anew, of course, means tearing down the old. In shaping an identity for Orlando City, Kreis has seen the club move on from original faces of the franchise — most notably, Brazilian icon Kaka.While his production proved sporadic, Kaka was every bit the ambassador the fledgling club needed when it made the jump from the USL to MLS. Although Kaka’s retirement has been well addressed from a tactical standpoint, with Kljestan, Meram and Colman filling the midfield’s “creative vision” quota, Orlando was never going to find a like-for-like replacement in terms of brand-building reputation.The exit of Cyle Larin, on the other hand, had clearer on-the-field implications. Orlando’s first-ever draft pick, the Canada international represented a homemade star of sorts — making it all the more painful when he forced through a messy move to Besiktas this offseason. Now it’s up to Dwyer to translate his prolific track record to a new club and fill the shoes of the only leading scorer Orlando has known in its three MLS seasons.”The message that is being delivered and needs to be delivered is that we’re going to build faces of our franchise based on success,” Kreis said. “Let’s win as a team first, and then by winning we’ll establish players’ names that fans and people outside of our club would like to talk about. We are all laser focused on improving and getting results, and letting the chips fall where they may, so to speak, about who the fans deem are the stars.”Spector added: “I know having Kaka here was a great opportunity for me, to be able to play with someone like that who at one point was the best player in the world. But soccer moves on, right? It keeps changing and evolving.”While Kaka and Larin earned their places in Orlando City lore, they originally weren’t Kreis’ players — they were remnants of the Adrian Heath regime. Since taking over for Heath in July 2016, Kreis already had overseen a slow but steady roster revamp before this offseason’s more dramatic shift. Now, goalkeeper Joe Bendik and midfielder Cristian Higuita are the only players on the roster who saw the field under Heath.If the sum of Orlando’s parts again doesn’t add up this season, Kreis and Co. won’t be shying from responsibility.”If you asked me last year, I would have said, ‘This is my team. This is a team that I believe in because they are the ones putting it out there for us, the coaching staff, every single day and every single match,'” Kreis said. “But truth be told, there may have been a collection of players that it didn’t seem like we could do anything with from a contractual standpoint. You’re making the best out of the tools you’ve been given.”This season, after the process we have gone through, now I could say 100 percent that all of the players that are here and will be a part of the club in 2018 are guys that are our guys. This is now our team, without a shadow of a doubt.”