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. Week 10 already?! Say it ain’t so. There are some good ones this weekend. TCU-Baylor, Bama-LSU, Arkansas-Florida, Nebraska-Ohio State and of course OU-Iowa State on a Thursday night in Ames. What in the world could ever go wrong with the top Big 12 team going as a three TD favorite to Jack Trice in November?!Thanks as always to Ryan Hartwig for his work.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 10
The Cowboys advanced to 8-2 on the season on Saturday after holding off a furious comeback from the Red Raiders in the house that Boone built. OSU entered the week ranked No. 17 in both the Coaches and AP Polls, but losses from the teams ranked higher than them helped them move up several spots to No. 13 in the Coaches Poll, and No. 13 in the AP Poll.Here is the full AP top 25:AP Top-25, Week 12: ALA-61 OSU LOU MICH CLEM WIS WASH OU PSU WVU UTAH CU OKST WMU USC LSU FSU AUB NEB WSU FLA BSU TAMU SDSU TROY— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 13, 2016Oklahoma State is ranked No. 13 in the college football playoff rankings, which will be updated on Tuesday evening. 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.
As the last piece of confetti settled to the Alamodome turf late Thursday night and celebrations started to move elsewhere, Mike Gundy was already reflecting on his fifth 10-win season.“A win like this doesn’t guarantee anything,” Gundy said, “but it certainly means a lot for the seniors, the organization and the people that put a lot of time and effort into success.”The disappointments and frustrations of Bedlam seem like a distant memory (or at least an accepted fact) and the Cowboys get to ride off on a good note for the first time in two years. And in one way, for the first time in six.In 2014, when Oklahoma State beat Washington in the Cactus Bowl, they were just glad to be there. The lowest year in several ended with a true freshman quarterback pulling out a Bedlam win that got them the chance to be there in the first place.This year’s Alamo Bowl win was an example of what that QB was capable of. Optimism for next year is not simply, “how good can he be?” but “how far can he take us?”“I’m very excited about coming back for my senior year. It’s a chance to finish what we started this season and another great opportunity to play at Oklahoma State.”That quote is almost six years old. It’s from Brandon Weeden as he and Justin Blackmon announced they would be returning for the 2011 season.While the announcement by Rudolph and Washington was much more subdued (amounting to an 18-second video tweeted out by OSU) the message is the same, especially in terms of what it means to Oklahoma State.In 2010, the Cowboys finished their season with another Alamo Bowl win against a Pac 12 school in Arizona, capping off an 11-2 season. Justin Blackmon was the Biletnikoff winner (his first one) and Brandon Weeden definitely had the numbers to back up a leap to the NFL (4,277 yards and 34 touchdowns).But the duo stuck it out and made history for themselves and Oklahoma State the next year. Could #Rudolph2Washington make a similar run?Next season, the Cowboys get their “easy” home schedule. With the currently constructed Big 12, you can predict home and away opponents by odd and even years. This upcoming odd year will bring Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor and Kansas State. Baylor has slipped in the conference pecking order, but Kansas State may be on an uptick.In 2017 the Cowboys figure to take another step in reclaiming a “Tailback-U” moniker that’s slipped away over the last four years. Justice Hill is a stud and has three (!) more years of eligibility. And let’s not forget Jeff Carr who figures to compete for snaps in the new-look backfield. Then you have incoming potential stars like Chuba Hubbard and JD King. All will be competing for playing time.“We should be more consistent in how we block,” said Gundy. “We have good backs. Obviously 27 is coming back. We’ve got young guys redshirting in our program that we like.”In 2010, Kendall Hunter was a senior but was backed up by freshmen Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith. In 2011, Randle rushed for 1,216 yards and 24 touchdowns as a sophomore. Justice Hill set the freshman rushing record at OSU with 1,142 yards. It’s not inconceivable to imagine he and at least on of the those other guys putting up huge numbers on the ground.Another big difference in the 2011 team and the last few has been the process of rebuilding an offensive line almost from scratch. It was supposed to take about three years (from 2014) and it definitely has. But OSU is finally getting there.“I think we can have up to eight linemen next year that can play,” Gundy said. “I would love to play a first group, then after the fourth series put another group in and play. We may be able to do that. We’ll see.”Of course, the Cowboys will have enough stars at wide receiver to start for three Big 12 teams. I’m only partly kidding. Gundy recognizes his embarrassment of riches at wide-out.“We’re very fortunate to have a really quality group of mature receivers that have had a considerable amount of experience playing in big games, with the addition of Ateman coming back. Really, we lose Seales and Austin Hays. Stoner was able to play for us some this year until he hurt his foot. We’ll get him back. Then we’ve got some young players that we feel really good about.”“I think it just sets us up to do greater things,” said Washington after the game. “We have Marcell and all of our weapons back. I’m looking forward to coming out next year and doing the same thing, hopefully ending with a great outcome.”On the defensive side, the Cowboys will lose a lot. Vincent Taylor, Mote Maile’, Jordan Sterns, Jordan Burton, Ashton Lampkin, Devante Averette and others have all played their last games as Cowboys.To put it into perspective, the outgoing players accounted for 419 tackles out of the 921 that were credited this season. That’s a huge loss for Glenn Spencer. The burden will fall to the likes of Chad Whitener, Ramon Richards and Tre Flowers to become the playmakers on defense.But that 2011 defense was young as well. Only four seniors played meaningful reps that season but still led the nation in turnover margin, largely due to takeaways. Will next year’s team have the same kind of talent as 2011? That’s yet to be seen. In 2011, a sophomore named Justin Gilbert made a name for himself.The Cowboys were able to end the season on a good note. How much does that really carry over into the spring? I’m not sure. But that’s not really the point anyway.Oklahoma State gets another year with Mason Rudolph and James Washington and finally has figured out their running game. If a young defense can get up to speed quickly enough, we could be in for a pretty special year. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap with news surrounding the latest offers, rumors, and information, with an ear to the ground on what to expect in the future. The coaching staff has been busy laying groundwork with new offers this week, so this edition will highlight those new targets.Andrew Cunningham — 2018 Running BackSure, Marcus Arroyo has moved on. But recruiting never stops. And the Cowboys extended an offer to 2018 tailback Andrew Cunningham on Sunday — a highly-rated three-star prospect from Tampa, Fla. with 32 reported Division I scholarship offers.As a 6-foot, 205-pound recruit from the Sunshine State, Cunningham naturally has interest in the southeast with the likes of Louisville, Kentucky, USF, etc. However the likes of Florida, Florida State, Alabama — all the bigger names — have not jumped on board. At least not yet.Izaih Filikitonga — 2018 Defensive EndWhen in doubt, always look for talent at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas. The high school powerhouse produces Division I talent better than almost anyone in the Lone Star State – and that’s saying something. Oklahoma State extended Filikitonga, a defensive end prospect this week. It’s his second Big 12 offer along with TCU. Currently on the OSU roster is preferred walk-on running back Ja’Ron Wilson of Euless Trinity, along with offensive guard Lemaefe Galea’i. Maybe OSU can use those school ties to reel in this elite pass rusher who is likely just seeing his recruitment take off.Jaqualyn Crawford — 2018 AthleteSniffing out talent from Rockdale, Texas isn’t something you see every cycle. But Crawford isn’t an average recruit in the state, either. A four-star prospect with 14 offers that includes TCU, Texas, and Baylor, Crawford is considered an “athlete” and has versatility at several positions. I believe OSU likes him as a potential cornerback.Crawford can play receiver, special teams as a return man, or at the defensive back position. I think he’s made out of the same mold as Kavontae Turpin — TCU’s return / slot man. He’s quick, elusive, and slippery. And his 5-foot-10 frame suggests he may be better suited on the defensive side of the ball, or in the slot.Jarrell Cherry — 2018 Defensive EndYep, another recruit from the Dallas area. This time it’s defensive end prospect Jarrell Cherry who picked up an offer this week. Along with OSU in the mix is Alabama, LSU, UCLA, OU, Michigan, Texas A&M that are already on the list to land his services.Given the amount of talent in Texas, Cherry is already recognized as a top-25 talent and a top-10 pass rusher in the country. At 6-foot-4, 226-pounds, he would likely be a candidate to play right away as a freshman if he could get up to around 240. (Hint: He could easily do that.)Sam Vakalahi — 2018 Offensive GuardOut of Salt Lake City, OSU has offered three-star offensive lineman prospect Sam Vakalahi — a 6-foot-2, 280-pound lineman with offers from Washington, UCLA BYU, Colorado and Utah.Given his size (and the fact that he used a picture Ofa Hautau in announcing the offer), this offer wouldn’t be surprising if it was for a defensive tackle position. Typically OSU likes 6-foot-3 and above at the offensive line position, and Vakalahi has a body that would likely translate well as a Mote Maile type defensive tackle and run-stuffer.Mullet pointsFour-star prospects Chad Bailey (linebacker) and Mustapha Muhammad (tight end) visited OSU for the Texas game over the weekend.Five-star point guard and OSU target Trae Young is committing on Thursday. He’s choosing between OSU, OU, and Kansas. And Fran Fraschilla finally agrees with that. 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 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.
Bob 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.
Within the past seven days, two of the top 10 most impactful events onto Oklahoma State athletics happened.Last Wednesday, Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman broke news that Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma coach of 18 years, was retiring – thus releasing OSU from Stoops’ suppression and giving legitimate life to the Bedlam rivalry.Then Tuesday, Mike Gundy, Cowboy coach of a dozen years, signed a contract for five more years at a rate of $4.2 million, which is set to increase $125,000 every year thereafter.Gundy, already a legend at OSU, is set to be immortalized as a demigod with this mega-contract. With half-believed stories every spring of Gundy’s potential departure, this contract seems as if it will have the utmost ramifications for the university.AdChoices广告But those are just two positive examples over the past decade. Here are eight more, and, yes, some are impactful in drastically negative ways:10. Dez BryantDez Bryant’s commitment to OSU and subsequent success in the NFL has given the university more and more publicity, good or bad, every Sunday.Dallas was the perfect team for him to go to if you’re an OSU regent or donor, at least now it is. Dez is the ultimate example. There is a reason Gundy rarely compares players to him but brings him up all the time.Dez is constantly used as a marketing technique in news conferences because players and especially coaches know he works. “Come here because you see the results in the Dallas Cowboys’ end zone every week,” works in recruiting.Although Bryant left Stillwater in 2010, sometimes it feels as if he roams the locker room on a daily basis.9. 2016 College World SeriesWhen J.R. Davis caught the final out of the Cowboys’ Super Regional against South Carolina, it meant OSU’s first trip to the CWS since the turn of the century.Although a new baseball stadium has not been announced to replace (long past expired) Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, getting to Omaha undoubtedly helped that cause, and coach Josh Holliday said so at his media day press conference.The CWS means more for marketing and branding. How many conversations have you had about the 2016 OSU baseball team?And recruiting.OSU has three of the top 100 high school prospects signed in its 2017 recruiting class, including No. 7 Ryan Vilade, according to Baseball Factory. Even if Vilade chooses to start his professional career, the CWS appearance helped Holliday establish a winning reputation in living rooms that will give top recruits some serious meat to chew on when considering their future.8. Commercial flightsThe $3 million investment in getting American Eagle planes to Stillwater twice daily was historic not only for international students or businessmen, but also big time recruits. And Mike Gundy knew that.“Now (recruits are) 10 minutes away from being on our campus,” Gundy said the day before the first flight took off.No, it’s not a 10-minute flight. It’s 32, and with security, taxiing and driving to and from the airport, it’s actually about a 3-hour ordeal. But we get you, Gundy, and he is absolutely right in theory. Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer saw the potential, too.Even for recruits living outside of the Dallas area, catching a flight to Stillwater for the second half of the trip from San Antonio was going to be huge, efficiently and aesthetically.“(Recruits are) not having to go on I-35 for 45 minutes and across Highway 51 for 15 minutes,” Spencer said.And though there isn’t any data to track this, the ease of commercial flights is undoubtedly bring in more “fringe” fans who otherwise wouldn’t spend the weekend on the road trying to get to the game.7. The Sports Illustrated ‘scandal’When you Google search “Sports Illustrated Dirty Game,” this page comes up as the top search hit, but when you click the links to any one of the five parts of the Thayer Evans series, you are redirected to an error page.Nevertheless, some of the impact remains as if 100 percent of it was accurate.There are still people out there who would put an asterisk next to the 2011 football season had the Cowboys won the national championship. Right, wrong, stupid or unfortunate, that is the reality. Sports Illustrated‘s report felt like a Mike Tyson shot to the gut. Except Tyson was on steroids, three weight classes heavier and unapologetic as hell.OSU did the right thing in being proactive in its investigation of the report and the university. It was a move that was praised by many media outlets and even used as a framework for how a university or organization should conduct itself. The NCAA even gave OSU a slap on the wrist.But, again, there are people out there who believe all of the content in Evans’ series was accurate. Even in 2017.6. Underwood’s only seasonThe jubilation Brad Underwood brought back to Gallagher-Iba Arena was as real as anyone could have asked for, which made March 20 even more difficult to get through.When you were around Underwood or even just watching a game at GIA with him on the sideline, it felt as if you were around a genuine miracle worker.He turned prairie to party.Tipoff. Even a student could arrive late and get a prime seat today. pic.twitter.com/Z4SqDHWglV— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) February 13, 2016 We can’t thank Cowboy fans enough for an amazing season. Attendance jumped 44% this year, and the Rowdy made a difference. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/GknF33yybE— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) March 5, 2017But when he left, that jubilation just felt like emptiness again, and when athletic director Mike Holder introduced Mike Boynton, an inexperienced 35-year-old, it felt more like a step back toward the 2015-16 season.5. Ford’s last seasonOnly 4,023 people showed up for OSU Senior Night in 2016.Travis Ford’s final season in Stillwater was beyond painful. Game after game, the few reporters left filled back into the interview room, waited for Ford and held their breath for someone to ask. Finally someone did and asked whether he thought that senior night would be his last game in Gallagher-Iba Arena.“Didn’t cross my mind,” he said, which meant either it did and he wasn’t going to say so or that it truly didn’t but that he then knew it was.Ford’s last season put OSU men’s basketball in such a rut that Underwood’s season felt more like a marketing tactic rather than a basketball team at times. Players were asked whether they were going to leave, and students asked one another whether they were going to go to the games, even though Ford wouldn’t be.By most accounts, Ford was a good guy, which made it all so much more difficult, but the cut financially, mentally and emotionally felt so deep at times that you wondered how many years it would take to turn it all back around.4. Uniform renaissanceIn 2006, the Cowboys came out in drastically different uniforms for the first time since 1981. Yes, that was 11 years ago, but it cracked the surface for what was to come.Three years into the new design, a black uniform combo was added. A classic OSU look that played with the creative juices of what the Cowboys’ uniforms could be in the future.Then two years after that, 2011, OSU rolled out the double-lined shoulder design that had 64 possible combinations. Those unis were so clean, in a Bleacher Report best/worst review, they put “Best: Any Oklahoma State Uniform in 2011.”The Cowboys’ play that year was what got everyone’s attention, but even if they had won nine games, the notoriety, branding and positive impact on recruiting makes the uniform renaissance one of the great OSU happenings in the past decade.3. Stoops retiringBob Stoops’ unexpected retirement absolutely shattered the complexion of the Big 12, at least for the beginning of the 2017 season.With Lincoln Riley now in as Oklahoma coach, there is no clearcut conference favorite. Stoops’ retirement swings open the door for a mullet-dawning sheriff to step in and drop anchor. No, it hasn’t happened yet. Bedlam is still almost five months away, but if Gundy can win the first dance with Riley, it could potentially mean longevity at the top of the Big 12.But even if OSU loses that game, Stoops’ deuces literally gives a fresh look to a rivalry that has gone 14-4 in the Sooners’ favor in the past 18 seasons.It all just seems like the perfect storm for OSU to make its long-term claim atop the conference: Veteran roster, (committed) veteran coach, rejuvenated college town and a faltering conference field.2. Gundy’s ContractThis deal could potentially go down as the greatest signing in university history. Truly think about that.In ticket sales alone, the OSU football team brought in $17.8 million in 2016, according to OSU financial statements. With media rights, contributions and other operating revenue, the program made more than $47.7 million. After expenditures such as coaches salaries, bowl expenses and financial aid, football had a net profit of $28.3 million.It’s difficult to compare years straight up because of turnover, the growth of TV deals and the popularity of college football, but according to the 2004 report, the year before Gundy was hired, the football team only netted $8.2 million.Again, impossible to compare oranges to apples, but that is a 245 percent increase in net revenue since one man became coach.And when you throw in Stoops’ retirement, Baylor’s collapse, TCU’s step back and Texas’ inability to beat Kansas, getting Gundy to sign this summer was the ultimate step toward locking down a conference desperate for another national title contender.1. 2011-2012 football teamThe 12-1 Cowboys might have done more for the university than any other event in OSU history.Alabama made $18 million for beating LSU in the BCS National Championship Game. OSU raked in a million less for beating Stanford in the desert.More important, OSU was real.Just 10 years before that season, the Cowboys had just a bow on a glorious 4-7 season. They year before that, they went 3-8.There isn’t any way to purely quantify the impact that season had on OSU athletics, but it absolutely paved the way for Mason Rudolph, Tyron Johnson and Chuba Hubbard. Without that season and that Fiesta Bowl win, a sprinter in Canada probably wouldn’t have known too much about the land grant school in the middle of the U.S. prairie, and I don’t think it’s outrageous to say he likely wouldn’t have chosen to go to school there. 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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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 start of fall camp kicks off on Sunday evening for Oklahoma State—just hours after players are expected to report for training camp.We’ve gone through some key storylines to watch, players expected to benefit from the month-long lead-up to the first game, and freshmen who could make an early impact. Now it’s time to get this thing rolling with a primer detailing everything you need to know before camp kicks off.As we noted earlier this week, here are all the notable dates in August to put on the calendar for now, as well as three storylines to watch. We’ll have more details on key dates such as fan appreciation day as events approach.AdChoices广告Sunday, July 30Players report (afternoon)First practice in Stillwater (7:10)Wednesday, August 2Media availabilitySaturday, August 5Media availability (plus photo shoot)Wednesday, August 9Media availabilityWednesday, August 16Media availabilityFriday, August 25Media luncheonThursday, August 31First gameThree storylines to watch1. The backup quarterback competition; Cornelius or the field? Despite the hype surrounding Keondre Wudtee coming in last season, the Louisiana native hasn’t solidified himself as a backup to Mason Rudolph — now he has three weeks to do so. Lots of smart people consider walk-on Taylor Cornelius to be the frontrunner to land the back gig. But can redshirt freshman Wudtee or true frosh Jelani Woods unseat him?2. Will a true frosh backup Justice Hill? Freshman All-American running back Justice Hill will be the starter, health willing, but behind him is one giant Times New Roman question mark. Everyone has their opinion: J.D. King is a fan favorite, Chuba Hubbard has Cowboy fans drooling about his speed, and LD Brown is a sleeper pick after having been on campus a year. Redshirt frosh Ja’Ron Wilson also figures to be squarely in the mix. But Mike Yurcich isn’t saying a word just yet.“It’s kind of a teaser when you start camp, because you’re in pajamas,” Yurcich said earlier this week. “When practice becomes full pads and you start seeing the fur fly — you start seeing whose going to be physical, who can bounce off and make somebody miss, who can break a tackle and make tough yardage after contact .. that’s the fun part.”3. Which receivers separate themselves? If you were to tell me OSU has eight future NFL receivers on its current roster, I’d not dispute it. The Pokes have James Washington and Jalen McCleskey as preseason Biletnikoff candidates, Marcel Ateman as an all-conference red-zone target, Tyron Johnson as an all-hype player, and Tylan Wallace as one of the most highly touted freshman to arrive on campus since Dez Bryant.Washington will be WR1, but behind him there’s plenty of competition. Will Tyron Johnson jump up and become WR2? Will Marcel Ateman pick up where he left off pre-injury? Or will Jalen McCleskey take a step forward again in 2017 to backup Washington? Fall camp should provide plenty of answers to those questions.
Arsenal Ospina to get Wembley nod as Wenger waits on Ramsey Dom Farrell 07:25 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v Östersunds FK Arsenal v Manchester City Östersunds FK Manchester City League Cup Arsène Wenger Mesut Özil Arsene Wenger will retain the Colombian for Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Ostersunds and the upcoming final against the Citizens David Ospina will start Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is waiting on the fitness of influential midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil.Colombia international Ospina has been Arsenal’s regular goalkeeper in cup competitions since Petr Cech’s arrival from Chelsea in 2015, and Wenger insisted there is no temptation to select the veteran Czech with silverware on the line.Speaking at a news conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match at home to Ostersunds, where Arsenal carry at 3-0 lead over from the first leg, Wenger confirmed Ospina would be his first choice for both matches this week. 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’s always a difficult decision but I think we are clear about that since the start of the season,” he said.”[Ospina] played in the whole competition.”I have two world class goalkeepers and I decided from the start to have clarity in the way we play and I will continue that.”Ramsey has proved a Wembley specialist for the Gunners, scoring the winnings goals in the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup finals against Hull City and Chelsea respectively.The Wales international is back in training but faces a race against time to fully overcome a groin problem and face City, although Wenger is more confident Ozil will overcome the effects of a bout of illness.”He [Ramsey] is not in the squad tomorrow. He had a good training session but he is a bit short for tomorrow,” said the Gunners boss.”We’ll see how his evolution goes now from today until Sunday. I don’t rule him out yet. It depends how well he can improve his intensity of training until Sunday.”On Ozil, Wenger added: “Mesut [has been] sick until today. He was in bed Monday, Tuesday for sickness.The manager says @D_Ospina1 will start in #AFCvOST and in the @Carabao_Cup final pic.twitter.com/LbBqwIEBR6— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 21, 2018″I would certainly have played him but because he was sick he will have to work hard tomorrow and will not be involved in the game. He should be okay for Sunday.”Wenger will be without record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the rest of the Europa League campaign due to the former Borussia Dortmund striker being cup-tied and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the same reason at Wembley. Wenger on @HenrikhMkh: “He will play tomorrow” #AFCvOST pic.twitter.com/kzYe2ImAZz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 21, 2018Asked whether the rule should be re-examined, Wenger suggested there is a groundswell of support among European clubs to confine it to the dust bin.”It will be, I think,” he said. “There is a swathe underneath with all the clubs who fight against that now.”In the middle of the season to be frustrated like that doesn’t look right. When you look at the amount of money that is in involved now with the transfers, it is very difficult to defend.”Everybody in Europe want this rule to be changed.”