Jalen McCleskey Helped Recruit Tyron Johnson to Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile 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. When LSU transfer Tyron Johnson made the decision to transfer, he talked with sophomore receiver Jalen McCleskey about his decision and even put a plug in for Oklahoma State.“He talked to me when he said he was transferring,” McCleskey said on Thursday. “I just told him it was a great fit and that Coach Dunn [the receivers coach] really wanted him.”The connection between the two is undeniable. Jalen Mccleskey’s father, J.J., is a well known trainer and has known Johnson for some time. They are both from the 504 New Orleans area and have that connection, too.Even more, according to a report from the media member speaking with Mccleskey, Tyron and his father played a large role in how Jalen eventually ended up at OSU. So for OSU and Mccleskey, they have to be excited to see that process come full circle. And just further proof that at Oklahoma State, players remain the best recruiters.last_img read more

Joe Mixon Issues Apology For Breaking Woman’s Face, Blames Lawyers For Delay

first_imgOklahoma 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.last_img read more

Pokes No. 11 In Coaches Poll, OU Finishes No. 3

first_imgWhile 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 finished No. 11 in the final Coaches Poll of the season which is exactly where it finished in the final AP Poll. OU, on the other hand, moved up to No. 3 (!) in the final Coaches Poll while Washington and USC rounded out the top five. I think it’s pretty hilarious that OU finished ahead of Ohio State in both polls even though they finished with the same record.Here is the full Coaches Poll. The only difference between this and the AP Poll within the top 14 is OU and USC being flipped. It’s weird to think about either of them finishing as the No. 3 team in the nation because of the way they both started, but I suppose a case can be made for both.Speaking of USC, since 2007 here is their record compared to Oklahoma State’s.USC: 94-37Oklahoma State: 93-37That’s pretty amazing.The Cowboys just missed out on their second-ever top 10 finish in the Coaches Poll under Mike Gundy. It’s pretty easy, though, to see them as a top 10 team in the AP, Coaches and possibly even the exit polls at your local precinct come August 2017.last_img read more

Where Oklahoma State’s 2017 Recruiting Class Finished Nationally

first_imgOklahoma 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.last_img read more

How New Redshirt Rule Would Affect Oklahoma State

first_imgThere is a future college football world that exists in which we could see freshmen play up to four games and keep their redshirts. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. The rule, pending confirmation and implementation, is a semi-response to players like Leonard Fournette and Christian “Ben Grogan benches more than me” McCaffrey skipping bowl games.Here’s Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports.The American Football Coaches Association is forwarding a proposal to the NCAA that would allow players to participate in up to four games of a season without burning their redshirt year. If passed, theoretically, a coach could unleash his touted four-star freshman running back in the TaxSlayer Bowl.“I think that would be pretty intriguing to some of the fan bases,” said AFCA executive director Todd Berry, “which might legitimize some of those bowl games and make them more interesting. [Fox Sports]I’m all in on this. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy often talks about how you don’t really know what you have in a player until the lights are turned on. Problem is, once you turn those lights on and put a guy in, his redshirt is gone.This is especially true of a place like OSU that is reticent to hit in practice and collects so much of its evaluation and knowledge from actual games. Some spillover benefits including me not having to sift through all 45,232 pages of the NCAA rule book to see if Dillon Stoner is eligible for a redshirt and being able to play freshmen at the end of the year (when they’re not really freshmen anymore) if starters get injured.Ahem, it probably wouldn’t matter because he’s leaving for the NFL anyway, but Mason Rudolph would still have two years of eligibility left. Can you imagine?!“We really haven’t addressed the redshirt rule in quite some time,” Dana Holgorsen told Fox Sports. “We’re playing way more games than we used to — there used to be a 10-game season. They’re looking at it, and I would support it.”I don’t think Dana is alone here. 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.last_img read more

Junior College Defensive Tackle Emmit Gooden Recaps OSU Visit

first_imgJunior college standout Emmit Gooden, who named Oklahoma State in his top 20 schools earlier this week, paid a visit to Stillwater on Saturday. Just a 2.5-hour drive from his home in Independence, Kansas, Gooden, a three-star prospect, came away impressed with what OSU had to offer.“It was a great visit,” Gooden told Pistols Firing. “I had a chance to sit down with Coach Gundy and hear him out along with Coach [Joe Bob] Clements and Coach [Glenn] Spencer. Just sat down with them to see what they had planned for me, and checked out OSU. Overall I liked the campus, I liked the academics, and I liked the stadium and facilities.”As for OSU’s pitch to Gooden, who will be a December graduate, it’s simple: Immediate playing time. The one-time Mississippi State signee who took the junior college route is looking for a place where he can make an instant impact, and the OSU coaches are making that a point of emphasis on that.“They want me inside,” Gooden, who was a defensive end but has grown into a defensive tackle, said. “They said I could come and make an impact right away, because they’re thin at d-tackle. They’re recruiting me very heavily. You know, Coach Gundy, I liked him. Me and him had a great talk, we talked about personal stuff, just about recruiting and the OSU program.“Me personally, I think Coach Gundy is a great guy. It was the first time I ever met him, you know, besides doing some research ahead of time and watching ‘the rant’ he did a few years back. What I got from Coach Gundy was that he’s a player’s coach. He’ll stand behind his players 110 percent, and that’s what the whole coaching staff is about. That’s the type of visit I got from him.”Naturally, his first time visiting Gundy was also a formal introduction to the man, the myth and the mullet. Being from Tennessee, he says Gundy struck a chord with him because of his old-school style that flowed down through the coaching staff.“They’re very old school,” Gooden said. “They got a little swag. Somebody like me might make him cut it off and get a new hairstyle. Nah, nah. They’re very cool, laid back, no fashion statements or anything like that. They’re all about playing football.” 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 St visit was a success can’t wait to get back to Stillwater soon ? #GoPokes #CowboyUp18 #okstate pic.twitter.com/U6Leqp1Qpg— TheRealEmmitG93 (@TheRealEmmitG93) May 21, 2017When Gooden was a four-star prospect out of high school, he was almost exclusively recruited in the southeast. The Tennessee native held offers from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ohio State, and others. But now that he’s headed into his second junior college season for Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, he says he’s getting a lot of looks from the Big 12 — including Oklahoma, a school he also made a visit to recently.“I had fun on both [OU and OSU] visits,” he said, contrasting the two. “I didn’t get a chance to meet with Coach Stoops. But if I’m not mistaken, Coach Gundy had a speaking engagement planned. But when he heard I was coming to town, he canceled. So little things like that separated it a little bit.”last_img read more

Videos: Chad Whitener, James Washington Talk at Big 12 Media Days

first_imgWe talked to James Washington and Chad Whitener on Tuesday at Big 12 media day about a variety of topics.Whitener touched on OSU as a family, why he’s confident in the young corners, who’s going to surprise (AJ Green and Rodarius Williams), Patrick Macon’s learning curve, what to expect from Aaron Cochran, why he’s working on being more violent and what he loves about Glenn Spencer.AdChoices广告Washington spoke about how his high school success helped him prepare for college, how good OSU can be, team accountability, why the Pokes like being under the radar, how Ramon Richards has made him better, what he needs to do for the NFL, what to expect from Tyron Johnson and what he thinks of the Bedlam rivalry. 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.last_img read more

Hunt: Maybe it was my fault Mosiatlhaga left

first_imgPSL Gavin Hunt reveals why Bidvest Wits recalled Abednego Mosiatlhaga from loan Phumzile Ngcatshe Journalist Last updated 1 year ago 23:12 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gavin Hunt of Bidvest Wits Backpagepix PSL Bidvest Wits The experienced coach confirmed that he also registered the winger for 2018 Caf Champions League It is not unusual in football to see a player being loaned out and get a recall from a loan stint, as this happened with when Mamelodi Sundowns loaned out Percy Tau to Witbank Spurs in 2016.At the time, coach Pitso Mosimane said he wanted Tau to improve and get regular game time and as they say, the rest is history as Tau went on to win the Caf Champions League with the Brazilians.Just this past weekend, Bidvest Wits’ Abednego Mosiatlhaga showed the country what a change of scenery can do to a football player. 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 The Clever Boys winger was loaned out to Stellenbosch FC in July last year, but Gavin Hunt has since recalled to Braamfontein for the remainder of the season.Mosiatlhaga terrorised Cape Town City’s defence last weekend in their Premier Soccer League clash at Athlone Stadium, grabbing an assist for Lehlohonolo Majoro’s first goal on the night.Hunt praised the 23-year-old after handing him a start while also poking fun at the player’s inability to find the right ball in the box at times.“He’s got a little bit of magic and hopefully he is one for the future for us‚” Hunt told the media.“He’s in the Champions League squad as well and hopefully he will play in that competition‚ which will be good for him,” revealed the manager.The Students mentor said his thinking behind the winger’s recall was based on injuries to a number of his wide players such as the experienced duo of Elias Pelembe and Daine Klate.“I think he has got something we are going to need going forward,” added the coach.”He played two years ago for us and maybe it was too early‚ maybe it was my fault but I like to bring the kids in early. But I think he’s got something,” said Hunt.“His final ball was still poor (against City)‚ he went past the full-back four times in the first half. When you are a right-sided player you have got to deliver better there,” concluded the 53-year-old.last_img read more

Wenger hits back at Neville after ‘spineless’ jibe

first_imgArsenal Wenger hits back at Neville after Arsenal called ‘spineless’ & a ‘disgrace’ Joe Wright 21:38 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsène Wenger The Gunners boss believes criticism of his team’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City is unfair, given the quality of their opponents Arsene Wenger has defended his Arsenal players after Gary Neville called them ‘spineless’ and an ‘absolute disgrace’ for their performance in the Carabao Cup final.Arsenal were beaten 3-0 at Wembley by Manchester City on Sunday and Wenger’s side produced a meek display in the game.The performance prompted former Manchester United captain Neville to tear into Arsenal and he criticised Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil for walking. 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 But Wenger rejected the suggestion some of his players did not produce at the expected level against City.“You could find that [walking] on both sides,” Wenger said. “You can always get out pictures from a game that justifies what you think.”You find in every single game, on both sides, moments where a player doesn’t track. You have to analyse why. Has he made two runs before to go in behind and was exhausted, or did he not track because he didn’t want to? That is different.“Of course, the players gave me everything. I am long enough in the game to know that when you lose a big game, people always say that the players don’t want it enough.”Did we lose the game because of that? I am not convinced. When there is a big difference like 3-0 you always get that impression. For me, it is not the main reason.“We got to the final and you don’t get there by coincidence. You have to fight to get there and we did. We didn’t play against a poor team in the semi-final, we played against Chelsea and we have shown that we can fight.”We have to live with the criticism, it’s part of the modern game. People who comment – their job is to comment, so you have to live with that. What is important is how we respond.”Wenger also believes his team’s critics should show “a bit of perspective” as he feels the final was close and insists it should not be considered shameful to lose to a team with a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League.He added: “I felt it was a very tight game until the 2-0. When you look at the end, Man City had three shots on target, we had two, so overall I believe we have to turn the decisive moment in our favour and play with more freedom.”I think we played a bit apprehensively. It’s important that force is part of our game.”I’m quite amazed at how people analyse; it looks like we lost against a team in division five. We lost against a team that dominates English football at the moment. We have to take a bit of perspective.”Nacho Monreal was forced off in the first half of the defeat and Wenger fears the defender could miss up to four matches, including Premier League clashes with City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford and the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie against AC Milan.”Nacho is out for the two games,” said Wenger. “He might be out for two more: Milan, and maybe one more.”He had an inflamed back – a disc problem. Everyone else is fit.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Gattuso: I’m not a great coach

first_imgMilan ‘I am not a great coach’ – Gattuso not ready to take credit for Milan’s remarkable form Sacha Pisani 11:00 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Gennaro Gattuso Lazio Milan Coppa Italia Getty Milan Lazio Lazio v Milan Coppa Italia AC Milan’s manager deflected some of the credit for his side’s form after Wednesday’s penalty shoot-out win against Lazio in the Coppa Italia semis Gennaro Gattuso insisted he is not a coaching guru after guiding AC Milan to the Coppa Italia final, though the Italian boss said he has surprised people since taking the job.Milan set up a mouth-watering meeting with Serie A champions and rivals Juventus in the Coppa Italia decider following their dramatic 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory over Lazio on Wednesday.The two-legged semi failed to produce a goal and penalties were needed, with Alessio Romagnoli scoring the winner for Milan after goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved two spot-kicks in Rome. 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 It extended Milan’s unbeaten streak to 13 matches across all competitions and head coach Gattuso – who replaced Vincenzo Montella in November having been promoted from his role with the Primavera youth team – revelled in the result.”I know that I drive them crazy sometimes in training, but it’s paying off and will all be worth it in the end. This is a very young side and we must get back to being the team that the fans dream of,” Gattuso told Rai Sport ahead of Sunday’s Milan derby against rivals Inter.”It’s also important to give credit to Vincenzo Montella, as he introduced some important concepts and you can still see his desire to keep possession and move the ball cleanly.”I want to clear this up, as I am not a great coach. I’m still in the early days, I’m not a guru of the bench and I’ve achieved nothing yet.”At the same time, I am not the person that some seemed to think I was. People forget I’ve been working over these five years, I won a league title in Lega Pro, I had some very tough experiences in difficult circumstances abroad.”You don’t learn this profession through books, you learn it by getting smashed in the teeth by setbacks. I’ve had some and I will have many more.”This is a dream and I am a very lucky guy who has been given this extraordinary opportunity. If I have the chance to stay at Milan, then of course I’ll stay, because this is my home. If I can’t stay, then I’ll have some other experience.”Gattuso will hope to keep the good streak going, with his side set to take on fourth-placed Inter on Sunday before facing off with Arsenal in the Europa League round of 16.last_img read more