Throwback Thursday: My Favorite Oklahoma State-Texas Tech Game Ever

first_imgHere is the scoring drive chart which is just completely ludicrous (especially at the time).screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-51-25-amAnd the full highlights. The Holland pick, which is fabulous, comes at the 12:15 mark.Symons, by the way, lives in Houston now. And looks exactly like I remembered him.Happy New Year!! Wishing everyone a blessed 2013 #LetsRide pic.twitter.com/fOzFKBD5— BJ Symons (@BJSymons) January 1, 2013 Jon Holland.A mere footnote in the history of Oklahoma State football. He was also the author of the play that capped one of my favorite Oklahoma State-Texas Tech games ever (and there have been a lot of them). The Pokes took the Raiders 51-49 in 2003 despite an absurd day from my least-favorite of all of Mike Leach’s QBs: B.J. Symons.Here’s the AP with the recap.The teams combined for 1,334 total yards. Oklahoma State was third in the nation in scoring coming in, averaging 40.6 points. Texas Tech had averaged 46.8.Symons actually still holds the single-season NCAA record for total yards with 5,976 that year. He also holds the records for most passes in a season (719) and most 400-yard games (11!) Look at these numbers from the OSU game.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-51-33-amWes Welker had 10 catches for 129 yards and a pair of TDs. OSU countered with 28 carries and 238 yards plus three TDs from Tatum Bell. The Woods bros added nine catches for 217 yards.“The offense came out quickly with big plays by Tatum Bell and Rashaun Woods,” Les Miles told the AP. “It gave us the opportunity to score and score repeatedly. We understood that this would be a four-quarter game. The clock just doesn’t seem to run when you play Texas Tech.”But the biggest catch of the day definitely came from Holland. 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

Ten In-State Recruits to Watch for 2018

first_imgAs with several of these, Oklahoma was first on the trail. And the Sooners are considered to be leaders for him, although he has not committed anywhere.Sean Shaw Jr. — 6-foot-5 — WRYou’ll see Union High School prospects littered across this post, but it’s not everyday you see Division I recruits from Jones, Okla.Sean Shaw, Jr. is breaking that mold. And it helps being a 6-foot-5 prospect with the skills he has.Neither in-state school has extended an offer as of yet, but keep an eye on him as a sleeper recruit within the state. The Cowboys may be looking to hear word on CJ Moore before moving forward on their list.Owen Condon — 6-foot-7 — Offensive tackleA 6-foot-7 prospect from OKC, Condon has the size you want in an offensive tackle and schools are already taking notice.Texas Tech, Kansas, Iowa State, and SMU have already offered. And while OSU hasn’t yet, he is on the radar for the Pokes, especially after having visited Stillwater multiple occasions. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State has had a nice trend of sniffing out top talent within the state and recruiting them early. That paid off this cycle, with two terribly underrated recruits, defensive end Brock Martin and safety Malcolm Rodriguez both committing to the Cowboys.2018 and beyond may have more talent in the great state of Oklahoma. And OSU has its eyes on several recruits already. Who are they? Let’s take a look.CJ Moore — 6-foot-5 — WRTulsa Union wide receiver CJ Moore has gone from little known sophomore to one of the top receivers in the country. 247 ranks him as the 18th best receiver in the country, 3rd in the state. And an emerging four-star prospect with size that has Divison I schools swooning.The cousin of former OSU receiver Tracy Moore, CJ has a chance to blaze a similar path from Union to OSU, just as Tracy did. As a high school prospect, CJ is more highly touted. And with schools like Alabama, Ohio State, OSU, and basically every relevant school already extending offers, the competition for him will be tough.James Palmer — 6-foot-3 — TEWestmoore is the best Moore, so I’m told. And outside Southmoore QB Casey Thompson, tight end James Palmer may be the best Moore area pass-catching prospect in the state.So far, Oklahoma State is the only school on board. OSU got in on him early. He ranks as a top 20 prospect at his position nationally. And at 6-foot-3 215, he’s a full-grown man at tight end.Brey Walker — 6-foot-7 — Offensive tackleIf you were to breed an offensive lineman in a factory, he’d pop up less polished than what Brey Walker is. The Southmoore recruit, who is already committed to Oklahoma, is ranked as a top-11 national recruit, five-stars, and No. 2 offensive tackle in the country.Oklahoma State has already offered. However an early decision with the offer on the table likely eliminates them from consideration.Josh Proctor — 6-foot-3 — safetyOne of two elite safety prospects from Owasso High School, Proctor figures to emerge as the best defender in the state if he hasn’t already. He plays all over the field for the Rams, lining up in the backfield as a Wildcat quarterback, as a safety/cornerback, and already has the coverage skills to be a day-one contributor, in my opinon, wherever he chooses. Ron Tatum — 6-foot-4 — DESensing a theme here? Three of the recruits on this list are from the OKC area. Tatum is the latest, who picked up an offer a week ago along with Redmond. Also schools who extended offers? Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, Kansas and Texas Tech.As you can see, OU leads in the 247sports crystal ball predictor. But with the bevvy of schools hopping on recently, it could be anyone’s game. Patrick Fields — 6-foot — SafetyYes, another Union prospect. Patrick Fields is one of the least well known of the many, but he won’t be long. As a 6-foot, 190-pound hard-hitter for the Redskins, he’s a versatile player in the secondary who has the size of a linebacker but the coverage skills of a cornerback.Fields already has offers from OU, OSU, TCU, Tulsa and Vanderbilt, the in-state schools will be pulling for him to commit to their school. OU is considered the leader by 247sports and its crystal ball predictions.Jalen Redmond — 6-foot-4 — DEBeing from Mike Gundy’s alma mater, this guy has been on the radar for quite some time. And OSU finally pulled the trigger on this pass-rusher from Midwest City.Redmond is a big-time basketballer who is still young and raw in his football career, but is already shooting up recruiting boards with offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and OU.Wayne Jones — 6-foot — SafetyJones and Josh Proctor on this list have been the most dangerous safety duo in the state for several years, and this year is their time to shine. Just a three-star recruit, he’s garnered offers from Michigan State, OSU, K-State, and Illinois.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Spent Friday Morning Rattlesnake Hunting

first_imgIf you’re reading this, there’s probably a good chance that you spent your Friday watching the Cowboys take on Michigan in their first-round NCAA matchup.Mike Gundy had other plans.Rattlesnake hunt in Okeene, OK with Todd and Wild Bill. pic.twitter.com/0SqWb9LxFk— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) March 17, 2017Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo took the opportunity to promote his boss. Always ‘crootin’.Every other Head FB coach in America wud buy a pair of rattle snake boots from the store! NOT Big Daddy‼ He hunts his own ? #savage #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/sRoRy1ADVd— Jason McEndoo (@JasonMcEndoo) March 17, 2017I wonder how long it is until OSU uses that pic in an official Tweet. 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

All-Sports Roundup: Cowgirl Tennis Cruises to Sweet 16

first_imgThe Cowboys are upset by No. 25 Illinois. #okstate ends the season at 22-7. pic.twitter.com/lN44qvWboV— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) May 13, 2017“I feel bad for our guys right now,” Udwadia said. “They need to keep their heads up though because we had a tremendous season. I’m definitely proud of their effort all year and I’m tremendously proud of our seniors for everything they’ve done for this program. I’m looking forward to our guys returning next season and getting the process going again.”Cowgirl SoftballAn impressive run through the Big 12 Tournament fell just shy for the Cowgirl softball team as they fell to their Bedlam rivals in the finals 2-0. Even with four Bedlam losses in six days, the Cowgirls (35-23) will have their heads held high entering postseason play.“It’s obviously not the way we wanted this one to end,” head coach Kenny Gajewski said. “I think the most important thing for us is getting in more of the meaningful games at the end. This should give us a little bit of boost for postseason but it hurts. It’s hard to think about that right now.”Gainesville Regional:Florida vs. Florida A&MFIU vs. Oklahoma State pic.twitter.com/Jp2oAOglsB— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 15, 2017The ladies however earned an NCAA Tournament bid and will be placed in the Gainsville Regional to face Florida International in Round 1. If the ladies win, they will most likely come face to face with the No. 1 team in the land, Florida. The game against Florida International will take place Friday May 19th at 11AM on ESPNU. Welcome back to another week highlighting Oklahoma State sports outside of football and basketball. In this week’s coverage, the OSU tennis teams hosted the opening Regional rounds for the NCAA Tournament and the Cowgirl softball team made it to the Big 12 Tournament title game.Women’s TennisA focused and determined Cowgirl Tennis team arrived at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center prepared for the postseason journey that lies ahead. With sweeps of UMKC and No. 19 Arkansas, the ladies are that much closer to returning to their final destination.In front of loads of fans including new Cowboy Hoops Coach Mike Boynton, the No. 9 Cowgirls completed an unblemished home record and opportunity for more starting May 19th in Athens, Georgia.Ain’t it sweet? Athens, here we come! #okstate pic.twitter.com/gu7xGnMOIH— OSU Women’s Tennis (@CowgirlTennis) May 14, 2017The Cowgirls will face No. 8 Georgia Tech in the Sweet 16 in Athens, Georgia on May 19th at 7pm. Coach Chris Young is looking forward to facing the ACC Champions next.“It’s going to be a great battle with them,” Young said. “We played against them three years ago when a lot of these girls who are seniors now were sophomores. We have a lot of girls that have had matchups with them this fall too. Georgia Tech is having an unbelievable season. They won the ACC, they’re well-coached and playing an hour from home, kind of like we did last year. It will be a good test for us.”The 2017 NCAA Women’s bracket can be viewed here.Men’s TennisA tremendous season for the No. 10 Cowboys ended Saturday in Round 2 as they fell to No. 25 Illinois 4-3 in an absolute heartbreaker.After going down 3-0, the Illini proceeded to win four consecutive singles matches to edge the Cowboys who were playing in front of their home fans. The loss also ended the collegiate careers of four Cowboy seniors who have been absolutely paramount in the success and chemistry of recent Cowboy squads.A solemn but hopeful Coach Udwadia spoke to reporters after the game. 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

Impact of Bob Stoops’ Retirement in Recruiting for OSU

first_imgBob Stoops abruptly announced his retirement on Wednesday, leaving offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley in charge of the reigning Big 12 title-winning Sooners.It’s an impactful decision that is shaking up the college football landscape and the tremors Could be felt down the road in Stillwater for years.Stoops was a successful head coach as he collected a 190-48 record in 18 seasons, but he was an even better recruiter. After being hired in 1999, his program never finished with a recruiting class ranked worse than 25th nationally.[Statistics via 247Sports]AdChoices广告Stoops’ excellence on the recruiting trail varied anywhere from No. 1 nationally (1999) to No. 24 nationally (2000), but his consistency never wavered after he found his footing. He reeled in 11 top-10 classes, four top-5 classes, and battled through 8-5 seasons in 2009 and 2014 with subsequent top-15 recruiting classes that helped produce 11-win and 12-win seasons the following years, respectively.Although nationally OU’s rank in recruiting plateaued (yes, OU fans feel finishing anywhere outside the top-10 is unsatisfactory), its dominance in the Big 12 conference was as steady as any. Bob Stoops never signed a recruiting class that ranked lower than second in the conference. Truly stunning.[Statistics via 247Sports]With first-time head coach Lincoln Riley at the helm, will OU’s respect on the recruiting trail fade? Outside of last season, the Sooners did slip a bit on a national level towards the end of the Stoops era—finishing outside the top-10 in six consecutive seasons and falling behind in the landscape of the region. Baylor and TCU were splitting recruits with OU before an uptick in action in what turned out to be Stoops’ final season.Answering whether OU will regress in recruiting is impossible to predict, but in short: It’s too early to tell. Riley hasn’t coached yet. But the door is seemingly cracked for teams like Texas, TCU and OSU to at least gain ground.“It might,” Bruce Feldman said on the ‘Solid Verbal‘ podcast about whether the coaching change will affect recruitment at Oklahoma. “Lincoln was a big reason they got a lot of the offensive guys they got. So we’ll see. They had a really good class of 2017. There’s still enough time between now and the early signing period where, I think people are going to wait and see how Oklahoma runs under Lincoln Riley. It’s a huge job.”We’ve written extensively how Stoops’ early exit opens the door for Mike Gundy at OSU, and the biggest door now open is in recruiting—specifically in the state of Oklahoma.The Cowboys have had relative success in-state in landing under-the-radar talent in the past, for example Jenks receiver Dillon Stoner, safety Dylan Harding, defensive end Jordan Brailford and quarterback John Kolar, to name a few. They have also had recent success landing top talent, like Union wide receiver pledge C.J. Moore, a four-star talent with dozens of offers.But for every recruit landed there have been others who have slipped through the fingers and into OU’s hands. Guys like four-star safety Steven Parker, five-star lineman Brey Walker, four-star cornerback Justin Broiles, three-star safety Patrick Fields, and three-star defensive tackle Jordan Kelley are all recent examples of OSU targets who picked the Sooners—several of which have come in the Class of 2018 alone.If Riley can get off to a fast start on the gridiron, it would expedite the trust process for top-rated recruits and silence any concern about the short-term future of the Sooners. If their trip to Columbus, Ohio to face the Buckeyes ends in a win, for example, the country will be buzzing about the young coach who inherited one of college football’s bluebloods. That would be a worst-case scenario for OSU and upstarts looking to crack the upper echelon of the Big 12.Let’s face it, OSU might be destined for inferiority in the state of Oklahoma when it comes to recruiting in the Riley era. This would not be a change from the past. The Sooners have history on their side and a record to flaunt against their in-state rivals. But a small slip in on-field performance (especially if OSU catches lightning in a bottle this season) might be enough for Gundy to gain ground with recruits. An extended slip if OU went, say, 8-5 after Baker Mayfield left, would be butch wax for Gundy’s well-oiled recruiting machine. All of a sudden, maybe those 3- and 4-stars are 4- and 5-stars.Taking that step up in recruiting is hard and it takes time, but OSU has been doing this at a high level for a decade now. The formula for them landing some big fish involves continued success and a bit of an assist from the Sooners.OSU will likely never recruit consistently at the level OU does over a long period of time. But with a shaky beginning of Riley’s tenure, OSU could have a chance to stick its foot in the door without getting toes smashed for the first time in a long time. Getting in the door is priority No. 1, but unpacking the lawn chair and cracking a cold one in unchartered territory is an entirely different animal. One that even Wild Bill might not be able to assist Gundy with. 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

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 89 Tralund Webber

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. Our 100 Days of Summer series continues with a 2016 transfer who may be the most underrated player at the Cowboys’ most lauded position.How he got to OSUAfter two productive years at Blinn College, defensive end Tralund Webber had plenty of options as a member of the class of 2016. Even after committing to Minnesota, the offers continued to roll in for the No. 4-ranked junior college prospect according to 247 Sports.Oklahoma came calling. Then Oklahoma State. Purdue, Arizona State, Washington State and others. It wasn’t until Webber made a trip to Stillwater that he re-opened his recruiting — if only momentarily. One day after his visit he had de-committed from the Gophers and was headed to Oklahoma State.What he’s done in StillwaterSince Day 1, Webber has been a difference maker. Without starting a single game, Webber finished second only to Vincent Taylor in tackles for loss (9.0) and sacks (6.0) in 2016. He also added three pass breakups.Role in 2017With Jordan Brailford returning, and guys like Cole Waltersheid, Jarrell Owens and Vili Leveni in the mix, the defensive end position is as deep as any at Oklahoma State. Somehow we ignore that Webber is the Cowboys’ leading returner in tackles for loss and sacks. With his big play ability, don’t expect any less than an increased role and continued production from Webber — if he doesn’t win a starting spot.Noteworthy stats and highlightsHad four tackles and a sack in Oklahoma State’s near shutout of TCU. Recorded a tackle for loss in eight games. Only four returning Big 12 players had more sacks last season.last_img read more

Oklahoma State an Unlikely College Football Trendsetter

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. One of the low-humming narratives constantly accompanying Mike Gundy and his football team no matter what year or how good they are is this: Oklahoma State is sort of low-key on the cutting edge of innovation when it comes to this sport.Now I don’t mean that they are wonky and wild in a “Mike Leach’s offense” kind of way. And I don’t mean they’re bent on catch phrases and t-shirts like P.J. Fleck squads. I mean that they have figured out that to compete with the alphas of this sport, you sometimes have to zig when everyone else is zagging.Think about all the ways Gundy has introduced innovation to Stillwater. From satellite camps to not hitting in preseason practices, Gundy has either invented or been an uber-early adopter in a variety of methodologies that would make other coaches squirm.“At first when I got this job, I guess I wasn’t smart enough to realize how hard it was,” said Gundy at Big 12 Media Days. “So we just never stopped. We moved forward. We tried to make the best decisions with the resources we had. We tried to be on the cutting edge, not only Xs and Os-wise, but from the science behind football, different ways to do things,cutting back on practices, not having full-scale tackle practices or scrimmages in the fall and spring.”Gundy talking about science, by the way, is bemusing and terrific.“We have some structure,” said Gundy. “We have certain ways that we expect our players to operate to be a part of our team and that we’re all lucky that we’re here,myself included, and that Oklahoma State football is by far bigger than any one person in our program, and we live by that.“We’re very disciplined. We’re very structured. Accountability is important. We’re unselfish. We respect our opponents, but we don’t fear anybody. I think that we’ve stayed with that, and we’ve created a culture where players understand success.”I’m not sure if it’s coincidence or something else, but not only has Oklahoma State paved the way for some of those Tier-2 or Tier-3 programs to a high level of success, it has also pushed the entire sport of college football forward. If only inadvertently.From the four-team playoff to a centralized rules command center in the Big 12, OSU has forced a lot of hands in the past few years.“Well, we’ve been trendsetters in a lot of different ways at Oklahoma State,” said Gundy. “We went to a four-team playoff, maybe based on what happened with our team years ago.“And unfortunately, we’re going to maybe a different replay system based on what happened to our team a year ago. I believe in the replay. I think it’s better. We want to get it right. I know it takes a little bit of time. I think any time we can go back and look and do the very best we can to make sure it’s correct and fair, I think it’s positive for football.”Good for society, too.I’m not totally convinced all of this is part of some master plan, but either way, it has happened. Gundy has taken risks off the field which has allowed him to not take them on it. And now Oklahoma State is a national title appearance away from having won 100 games in the last 10 years.So while ESPN and friends keep pumping the Jim Harbaughs of the world as those leading the charge in college football, don’t forget what Gundy has done in Stillwater. And don’t doubt what he might do next.last_img read more

Report: Junior Running Back Jeff Carr Transferring from Oklahoma State

first_imgJunior running back Jeff Carr is transferring from Oklahoma State. We had heard rumors of this being the case, but Lauren Rew of The Franchise was first to report the news on Monday (via Robert Allen)[email protected] tells me #Okstate Junior RB Jeff Carr has transfered (will transfer) to Texas A&M Kingsville @FranchiseOK— Lauren Rew (@Lauren_Rew) August 21, 2017Carr was a last-minute addition to OSU’s 2015 recruiting class and played a small role in each of his two seasons while in Stillwater. But with the amount of incoming talent in freshmen Chuba Hubbard and J.D. King, and the emergence of second-year walk-on Ja’Ron Wilson, it almost certainly sealed his fate as a player likely to see more time on the pine than the field in 2017.AdChoices广告“I like what Ja’Ron (Wilson) is doing. LD (Brown) is getting better. (Jeff) Carr is still there. He’s better than what he was,” Gundy said a few days into fall camp. “There will be a small role for him at times, and I like the freshmen. I see promise there. We have not seen enough to say it yet, who will be that guy. We’ve been in pads for two days so it’s still really early. I’ve seen glimpses of both those young guys making plays. I’ve liked the guys we’ve had here. I think Carr has been here long enough that we understand what his role is.“I like the progress that Ja’Ron has made. I like the improvement that LD has made. LD has been a pretty good runner, and at times he’s been successful. He needs to take care of the ball and prove to us he can take care of the ball. We’re not there yet, but I like what we’re working with.”Carr’s decision to transfer puts a ding on the overall depth for OSU at the position, but it likely won’t play a big factor in OSU’s chances to compete for a Big 12 title. Carr compiled just 255 total yards and 4 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Cowboys, and was never likely to emerge as a feature back in the offense with Justice Hill’s rise to stardom.On the plus side, Gundy recently spoke glowingly about the position and its overall talent, saying running back is a position that will be loaded for the foreseeable future.“Ja’Ron is running well. King is running well. I thought Chuba played really well today. Carr got in and got a little bit of work,” Gundy said after the team’s second scrimmage of camp this weekend. “We have a number of guys that should be able to play that position—most of them don’t have any experience—but the good news is that over the next three years, we should be pretty set at that position.” 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

Robben should stay at Bayern – Boulahrouz

first_imgArjen Robben Robben should renew at Bayern Munich – Boulahrouz Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author 17:00 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arjen Robben Bayern Munich Getty Bayern München Bundesliga The former Oranje defender has called upon his compatriot to stay at the Bundesliga champions beyond the 2017-18 campaign Former Netherlands international Khalid Boulahrouz believes Arjen Robben still has plenty to offer and hopes his compatriot will continue to play for Bayern Munich for a few more years. Robben has developed into a key figure at the Bavarians since joining from Real Madrid in 2009, but his time at the club could come to an end in the not too distant future as the 34-year-old has only four months left on his current deal.It remains unclear for now whether Robben will ink a renewal, but Boulahrouz believes the experienced attacker is best off staying in the Bundesliga as long as his body allows it.  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 “I don’t think he should go back to the Netherlands yet,” Boulahrouz told Goal. “He can go back eventually but it also depends on his family. He has been playing in top competitions for so many years. In England, he was at the top level. In Spain, he was at the top level. In Germany, he is at the top level.”There comes a day when your body cannot continue, you are tired. Even if you want to continue, your body will talk to you and say ‘okay I cannot handle it anymore.'”If he can continue then I would advise him to continue with Bayern Munich. They are one of the best clubs in the world and he already has a big reputation in Germany. He has been there for so many years, so why not.”I think it feels like home to him, so why change club when you are comfortable. He looks strong in a physical way so I cannot see why he cannot continue for another couple of years. He was one of the best I have played with, he is fantastic.”Robben’s success at Bayern reached its peak when he won the Champions League and scored a last-minute winner in 2013. That came just a year after he missed a penalty in the 2012 Champions League final, which saw his former club Chelsea win their first ever honour in the competition.last_img read more

Reader Thoughts: Why Are Recruits Ranked Differently at Different Places?

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. I split out this question into a second part for reader thoughts because I knew it would take a while to answer and because I think it deserves to stand alone.I was looking at Rivals vs. 247 on where they had Israel Antwine ranked. Just the disparity is kinda shocking on him. Looks like it was on WR Braydon Johnson as well.Rivals had Israel as a top-55 DT in country, but 247 had him the No. 81 DT while their composite had him a more solid top 59 DT in country. With schools like Georgia, Texas, Texas Tech listed having offered him, it’s surprising he was not ranked higher coming out of a high school. I wanted to get your thoughts if possible on this but at very least bring it to your attention. How can a guy who got offers from Texas and Georgia and OSU of course not be ranked a bit higher? Braydon Johnson — you might take a look at him too. It’s interesting to me. -Chris S.It is interesting. I did some digging and reading on this, and I stumbled into this fascinating article from a few years ago that explains how each organization ranks players.Each service uses its own set of criteria, and thus, no set of rankings is ever exactly the same. Recruiting rankings are inherently an inexact science so each talent evaluator is going to have differing opinions about certain players and their long-term potential.The biggest factor, according to the experts, is a prospect’s game film. This is where the experts can get the best feel for a player’s actual ability in the flow of a game. For the majority of the recruiting experts, this is preferred to combines and camps. [AL.com]Howevah!247Sports has a similar mentality. JC Shurburtt, a national recruiting analyst for the network, estimates that game film equates to 60 percent of a prospect’s total grade. He uses those camps as a way to confirm what he’s already seen on film and gives him a chance to see if a player’s measurables actually match up to what he claims.Rivals.com puts the most emphasis on camps and combines out of the four major recruiting services. It’s not hard to see why given the company has made a major investment in developing its Rivals camp series and Rivals Five-Star Challenge. [AL.com]So this is why players on Rivals and 247 differ so much. Because they’re not evaluated using the same criteria. This makes sense and is important to note when perusing the recruiting rankings.The other thing I found out runs against everything everyone has ever said about both individual and team recruiting rankings. Here it is.A common refrain heard on message boards and social media is that if a player has an offer from “insert your school here” how can he be only a three-star prospect? If a big school like Alabama or Auburn offers a prospect isn’t there a good chance he’s a four-star or five-star prospect?Out of the four recruiting experts, [Rivals] is the only one who says offers factor in at all and he gives it only 10 percent of the total equation. One thing 247Sports does is look at the track record of college programs putting players into the NFL, especially lower-rated prospects. If a school is known for turning two and three-star prospects into NFL players, the analysts might give the school the benefit of the doubt when they offer a similarly rated player. [AL.com]Fascinating stuff, and I think all of this speaks to something mentioned in the middle of Chris’ question — the importance of 247’s composite rating. This is what we use at PFB, and I think it stymies the biases certain scouts or organizations might have. It gives a truer sense of how good a prospect actually is.The 247 Composite is essentially just all the organization ratings of a player combined. Here’s how they define it.The 247Sports Composite Rating is a proprietary algorithm that compiles prospect “rankings” and “ratings” listed in the public domain by the major media recruiting services. It converts average industry ranks and ratings into a linear composite index capping at 1.0000, which indicates a consensus No. 1 prospect across all services.The 247Sports Composite Rating is the industry’s most comprehensive and unbiased prospect ranking and is also used to generate 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings. All major media services share an equal percentage in the 247Sports Composite Rating. The composite index equally weights this percentage among the services that participate in a ranking for that specific prospect. [247]So while Braydon Johnson was the No. 173 WR coming out of high school based on 247’s rankings, he was No. 76 based on Rivals. His 247 Composite was No. 143, which is probably a fairer, truer slot for him. It might still be wrong, but it’s at least more reasonable. In an unforgiving guessing game of a business, the wisdom of crowds is probably the most fruitful path.One last note here: The last two years Oklahoma State has ranked higher in the 247 Composite than on Rivals. This makes sense, right? OSU’s prospects probably perform better on film in real football games than at camps, thus they’re mildly docked by Rivals and buoyed by other recruiting organizations.Regardless of how you feel about any of this, it’s intriguing to think about and beneficial to have at least a little bit of context while we scream at each other about how good or bad Oklahoma State is (and others schools are) at recruiting football players.last_img read more