Bayern München James to miss ‘a few days’ of Bayern training with calf injury Ryan Benson 00:38 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Bayern München UEFA Champions League Bayern München v Beşiktaş Beşiktaş The Colombian suffered a calf strain against Besiktas on Tuesday, but his club do not expect him to be out for long The calf injury James Rodriguez suffered in Tuesday’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of Besiktas is only a “slight problem”, Bayern Munich have confirmed.James went off just before half-time, with the Colombia international showing few signs of pain as he exited the field. There were initial suspicions he was withdrawn due to a knock to the head, having looked dazed shortly beforehand after getting struck by the ball. 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 Bayern confirmed after the game that the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder felt his calf tighten.And, following investigations from Bayern’s medical team on Wednesday, they have come to the conclusion he should only need to miss “a few days of training”.A club statement read: “Bayern midfielder James was not seriously injured in yesterday’s [Tuesday] Champions League game against Besiktas.We hope it’s not too serious, @jamesdrodriguez! #MiaSanMia #FCBBJK 1-0 pic.twitter.com/XuCapUGsw0— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 20, 2018″An in-depth investigation confirmed the first diagnosis of the club doctor. The Colombian has only slight problems in the muscles of the left calf and thus has to miss a few days of training.”
Paul Pogba Vidic: Pogba’s problems at Man Utd aren’t his fault Chris Burton 16:57 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Paul Pogba Manchester United Premier League The former Red Devils defender believes too much pressure has been placed on an £89m man, with there a lack of senior stars to help him through Paul Pogba cannot be blamed for his struggles at Manchester United, says Nemanja Vidic, with issues outside of his control contributing to a turbulent period.The £89 million asset has seen his value questioned this season, with a bright start to the 2017-18 campaign having been countered by injury issues and a humbling benching by Jose Mourinho.Vidic believes too much pressure has been placed on the France international as a result of his club-record price tag – something he can do little about. 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 former United defender also believes that, unlike in his day, there are not enough senior stars at Old Trafford ready to help new arrivals settle and guide them through testing times.Vidic told reporters at St George’s Park while taking a UEFA Pro Licence course: “It is not the player’s fault that a club is paying so much money for him. If someone offers you a big contract, you would not refuse, probably?“I think the environment is important – who is around you, for example – to make you better. For the players of 22 and 23 to get so much money and publicity, he must feel like he is the most powerful person in the world. I was a football player, I felt like that: ‘Wow, I am feeling really good’.“But I think you need to have someone in the dressing room – some of the players – who can help you come through these difficult situations.“You need the right senior players, with the credibility to help you go through the situation.“When I came to United I was 24 and the dressing room was strong. You had Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, these guys. You always look to them for what you are doing, what you should be doing. They have already established the path, so there was less pressure on me.”Pogba opened the season with three goals in six appearances, but has failed to find the target since netting against Newcastle on November 18.
Texas has consistently been near the middle-of-the-pack in the Big 12 recruiting rankings for months, but quietly lurking as a threat to make a push with its high per-commitment average. The push is happening … now.The Longhorns have hurdled Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Oklahoma State in the last two weeks with a strong July that, thus far, has netted them four commitments (and counting). They’re currently No. 1 in the conference in per-player ranking, and No. 2 behind OU in the points race. Here’s an update on where that stands. 3TCU87.74 Oklahoma15236.96 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. Iowa State17177.49 OSU isn’t slipping, per se, but the class fell from No. 5 to No. 6 because of Texas’ rise.Here’s three things you need to know that have happened recently.1. Texas-sized movesTexas does not mess around when it comes to recruiting rankings. It dominates the market. (It also may help that recruiting sites often seem to skew rankings in their favor.) Nonetheless, Texas is getting dudes. Just this week, the Horns added offensive tackle Andrej Karic, defensive end Van Fillinger, and defensive tackle Vernon Broughton (a top-100 recruit). Their 11-pledge class has been filled this month with four commitments in total, not the least of which being top-125 defensive end/linebacker Prince Dorbah out of Dallas.2. In-state star sticks with the SoonersBroken Arrow offensive lineman Andrew Raym committed to OU early in the process, then he decommitted to survey the lay of the land. On July 10, he re-committed to the Sooners as many expected, giving OU a top-100 caliber talent. He chose OU over OSU, Georgia, Michigan, and Alabama, among others.3. Bixby star picks the PokesBixby speedster Brennan Presley committed to Oklahoma State last week. Here’s more on him via Kyle Cox:Presley is currently ranked as the No. 10 player in the state of Oklahoma by 247Sports but has yet to receive a composite ranking by the service. 247 lists him as a three-star prospect.Presley is a 5-foot-7, 160-pound athlete who plays both wide receiver and cornerback for Bixby High. [PFB]And here’s something I wrote last week about the implications of landing Presley. Kansas State18169.96 West Virginia12151.48 Baylor12145.47 9Kansas State84.43 10Kansas83.43 TCU10152.55 Texas Tech12146.75 6Iowa State85.31 Kansas21170.87 Texas11211.18 2OU91.26 4Oklahoma State86.18 1Texas92.72 Oklahoma State13165.83 7Texas Tech85.15 8Baylor84.96 And here’s a look at the rankings, sorted on a per-commitment average, which should provide a more accurate forecast at how the Big 12 recruiting rankings will fall by signing day. 5West Virginia 85.47 TEAMTOTAL COMMITSTOTAL POINTS RankTeamPer-player avg.
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. STILLWATER — The Cowboys’ season opener against Oregon State is 17 days out, and the Pokes have yet to name a starting quarterback.OSU coach Mike Gundy met with the media Tuesday, where the quarterbacks weren’t made available, and Gundy said nothing is different in regards to the quarterback race from his last meeting with reporters. Gundy said what he has said throughout the process this fall: Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown are getting better each day.Gundy was asked when the duo splitting practice reps starts to become a concern.“It started last spring,” Gundy said. “And it doesn’t go away for me. Mine and Sean (Gleeson’s) opinion hasn’t changed. If you clearly have a player that’s better than the other, you play him. If not, you have to play both guys. History tells you that you’re gonna end up playing both of them anyway.”In the past Gundy has needed multiple quarterbacks because of injury, but it hasn’t been that way recently. In the past three seasons, OSU’s backup quarterback hasn’t thrown more than 10 passes.From 2012 to 2015, though, Gundy has needed at least two guys.2015: Gundy used Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh, using Walsh more as a short-yardage guy. Walsh also started that seasons Bedlam game for an injured Rudolph.2014: Walsh played only two games before missing the season with injury. That started the short Daxx Garman era. Garman appeared in nine games that season before falling to the injury bug, which started Rudolph’s career as a true freshman.2013: This was the last time Gundy had a quarterback battle to the level that he is having now. Clint Chelf played in 12 games and Walsh played in eight. Chelf threw 291 balls that year to Walsh’s 190.2012: This was the three-headed dragon year of Chelf, Walsh and Wes Lunt. All three had multiple starts that season, and all three missed games entirely.Brandon Weeden was OSU’s starter all season in 2010 and 2011, and in 2009, Zac Robinson started every game except the Colorado game, where Alex Cate started the game, threw nine incompletions and an interception before making way for Weeden.So, in the past 10 years, OSU’s starting quarterback has made it all the way through the season five times, and OSU needed its backup quarterback five times (even if it was just for a game i.e. 2015 and 2009).There is data there to back up whatever side of the fence one leans toward, but there is enough evidence to support Gundy’s claim of needing two guys at some point. If there was only a 50 percent chance a starting quarterback started every game in a season, a coach would probably feel a lot more comfortable having another solid option.So, why aren’t two-quarterback systems more common?“Reps,” Gundy said. “You just don’t have enough reps to go around. … The only time we’ve ever done it is if we’re using a short-yardage guy, with the exception of Chelf and J.W. that one year because we didn’t have a clue who would be the best player.”And while it might be a good thing OSU has two guys given a possibility of injury, Gundy said the advantage of having two similar style quarterbacks sharing reps heading into the year stops there.“If it’s not a short-yardage type, nah,” Gundy said. “I don’t think so. These two guys are kind of the same. If you had two guys and one was like Mason Rudolph and one was a runner, then it’s a little different game plan. So, if he comes in, you gotta be ready for this. If he’s in, you don’t have to be ready for this, but you gotta be ready for that. I don’t really think it’s much of an advantage in my opinion. Defensive coaches may tell you different, but to me, I don’t think so.”
There has been much consternation in Pittsburgh Steelers country over the injury to Ben Roethlisberger (who is looking more like a thumb all the time), but at least one person is bullish on Pittsburgh getting better under No. 2 than they were under No. 7.That person is Rodger Sherman, and he writes for The Ringer. This week he wrote a great piece laying out the case for Rudolph (and Washington!) in the yellow and black.For the most part, prognosticators have treated the Roethlisberger injury like an iceberg ripping through Pittsburgh’s steel hull. Before Week 2, FiveThirtyEight gave Pittsburgh a 46 percent chance of making the playoffs and expected the team to post a positive point differential for the season. Now, the Steelers are listed with an 8 percent chance of making the playoffs with the third-worst projected point differential in the league. [Ringer]I think this actually has more to do with the 0-2 start than anything else. In the last 12 years only 12 of the 98 teams that have started 0-2 have gone on to make the playoffs. Here’s Sherman again.I actually think the Steelers are in better position to succeed with Rudolph than they were with an injured 37-year-old Roethlisberger at quarterback. For starters, Big Ben was abysmal in his limited playing time this season. On 62 passes, Roethlisberger had 35 completions for 351 yards and an interception, putting him 29th or worse in completion percentage, yards per attempt, passer rating, and QBR.In came Rudolph, and in one half, Pittsburgh scored more points than it did in the three with Roethlisberger as quarterback. Rudolph did throw an interception, but, well, you can blame Donte Moncrief for that. [Ringer]I’m not deep in the NFL game so I didn’t realize BB had been that weak, but I do have takes on why this is the perfect time for Rudolph. First, one last thought from Sherman.And throughout the game, Pittsburgh vastly increased its usage of play-action—a tool which basically always makes offenses more efficient, but has never been a staple of the offense with Roethlisberger. The Steelers, somehow, ran just one play out of play-action in their season-opening loss to the Patriots. Now, they realize play-action is a necessity to buy Rudolph time, and they’re running it.Pittsburgh’s offense looked more modern once Rudolph got in the game. It was no longer an offense designed specifically for the traits of an aging franchise quarterback, but an offense that proved it could succeed elsewhere.… Rudolph the deep-ball dime-disher and Washington the speedster work well together in theory and worked together in practice. Hopefully Washington turns into the player Pittsburgh thought it was drafting last year and takes some of the pressure off of JuJu Smith-Schuster after the departure of Brown. [Ringer]Here’s my thing with all of this: The timing could not be more perfect for Rudolph. You walk in and don’t have to be the guy from Day 1. You get to learn within a strong infrastructure behind a Hall-of-Fame dude who — despite his childish public antics — has actually had an amazing career.But you also don’t have to wait five years and go rusty on the thing you were drafted to do. It’s the best timing you could ask for, Rudolph — according to people who actually watch the games — is a bit more versatile in what he can do than Ben, and it sounds like everybody who needs to be bought in is bought in.Only time will tell if Rudolph can Wally Pipp Big Ben, but there’s no better time for it to take place than right now. It wouldn’t be the first time Rudolph got thrust into a role unexpectedly and went on to experience a high level of success in the subsequent years. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Topping the list of star recruits expected to make a visit to Stillwater this weekend in football is top-60 national recruit Daniyel Ngata, a four-star running back prospect from California.Ngata subtly announced his trip via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon in a reply to OSU quarterback pledge Shane Illingworth, who also announced he’s making the trip from California to Stillwater.I’m there with you🤝 https://t.co/snucWBu5sZ— Daniyel Ngata (@dngata2) September 25, 2019 Ngata is rated as the No. 55 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite and the No. 2 running back in the class. Listed at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, he’s got the Barry Sanders hop step down pat and some serious burners to boot. While that isn’t typically the size of an every down Big 12 back, he plays physically bigger than his measurements and has just about every tool in the bag: the speed, the pass-catching and the shiftiness.So…Daniyel Ngata (@dngata2) of Folsom is legit. Video proof in case you didn’t know pic.twitter.com/IgBlT5htfT— Sacramento MaxPreps (@SacMaxPreps) September 17, 2018Oklahoma State has been after Ngata since an offer came his way earlier this spring, and the staff has been heavy in pursuit since. The Cowboys are in his top five, which he announced this summer. It also includes Texas A&M, Clemson, Utah and Arizona State.Ngata is the highest-rated running back recruit OSU is still in the mix for in the 2020 cycle. The staff is also recruiting Owasso product Isaiah Jacobs, the younger brother of former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, as well as junior college prospect La’damian Webb.
The 24th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats head to Stillwater this Saturday boasting a 3-0 record which includes a nice nonconference win a couple of weeks ago against Mississippi State.KSU is off to an impressive start under first-year head coach Chris Klieman, who took over for the legendary Bill Snyder this past offseason. Before landing in Manhattan, Klieman had a long stint at North Dakota State (2011-18) serving first as the defensive backs coach, the defensive coordinator and then the head coach. In Klieman’s five seasons as head man, he recorded a 69-6 record and won four FCS National Championships.An incredible coaching resume is not all Klieman brought with him from NDSU, he also brought along his offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham. The former Bison OC broke multiple school and conference records during his two-year tenure, including most points scored, most touchdowns scored, total offense and rushing touchdowns.Now, Messingham’s offense has a lot of similarities to that of Snyder-led teams of recent years. He likes to get his power running game going, and then once you’re expecting run, he will hit you with play action. In addition, he utilizes RPOs and isn’t afraid to get the quarterback involved in the running game. One thing you’ll notice about Messingham’s offense is he often has the quarterback under center and he loves to have a fullback lined up in the backfield.For this post, I will cover my three key takeaways from KSU’s offense and give you a glimpse of what you might see on Saturday night in Boone Pickens Stadium.PowerPower is a run play that OSU fans are familiar with as it’s been a staple of the offense this season as well as during the Yurich tenure. Power normally involves a lineman pulling around to the play side to lead block through the hole. Messingham and the Wildcats love to run Power, specifically A-Gap Power, see the blocking scheme below. In the following clips, you’ll see two more play action concepts the Wildcats like to run. I’ve also seen Messingham utilize H-Counter and a couple of other variations of pulling linemen running plays. This keeps the defense guessing and creates different attack points for the offense, it also pairs well with the inside attack point of A-Gap Power. OSU defensive players like Amen Ogbongbemiga, Kolby Harvell-Peel, Malcolm Rodriguez, and others will have to be quick to the ball and avoid getting blocked by these big lineman attacking the second and third levels of the defense.Play Action Passing GameAs I mentioned above, Messingham likes to set teams up with his power running game and then catch them guessing with play action passes. One in particular play that he brought with him, that NSDU was running with current Philadelphia Eagle QB Carson Wentz before Messingham got there, is shown in the clip below from Ross Uglem. In addition to running back Power, the K-State teams of years past would also dial up Power with the quarterback. We haven’t seen KSU quarterback Skylar Thompson run the ball a lot this season, but he’s found success keeping it himself against past Cowboy defenses. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a little of this on Saturday. With the struggles the Cowboy defensive line has had stopping the run this season, it’s a little worrisome that KSU runs this play often and effectively. How will Jim Knowles defend the inside running game? The Pokes primarily base out of a three down linemen defense now, so will he bring the LBs up close to the line of scrimmage? Or, will he bring a safety down further into the box? It will definitely be an interesting chess match between Knowles and Messingham.Pulling Linemen to the PerimeterAlong with Power, I noticed a heavy utilization of pulling linemen to attack the perimeter in Messingham’s rushing attack. In the first clip below you see the center and the playside guard pull around the edge. Cowboy defenders will have to be disciplined in Stillwater this weekend and they can’t get caught looking with their eyes in the backfield, letting a man get behind them. If they do, it could be a long night for Jim Knowles. Next, you’ll see the playside guard pull and attack a much smaller defender, creating a lane for the Wildcat running back. 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 tight end releases off the line and heads up the seam as Wentz fakes to the running back and hits the TE for a touchdown. Below you see K-State run something similar, although it doesn’t turn out so well. Ross Uglem of Bison Report explains in it more detail below and then the following video shows this play.The basic difference in the way that most teams run power and that way that NDSU does it is the shuffle pull from the pulling guard to keep his shoulders square to the hole. Usually, a pulling guard will open up and run square to the sideline executing a “kick out” block a defensive end or outside linebacker. [GoPowerCat.com]Messingham and the Wildcats try to wear down teams by running this play over and over again throughout the course of a game. I saw them do it plenty of times against the Bulldogs, like in the example below.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Cowboys emerge from a bye week looking to get right against the unbeaten Baylor Bears. Will there be a happy ending to Homecoming Weekend? The Kyles convened to chat about that, a much-needed bounceback for Spencer Sanders and the latest in hoops recruiting. Hope you enjoy.Kyle Cox: As Porter pointed out, not all 6-0s are created equal. What about Baylor makes you nervous and what makes you confident in an OSU win Saturday?Kyle Porter: I think they’re starting to feel themselves a little bit — which is problematic — and I think Brewer is good. When he came in last year at the end of that game it looked like they went from Bom Trady to Tom Brady in a single series. But yeah, I don’t think we talk enough about momentum and confidence as it relates to college athletes. They have it. OSU does not.Cox: For me, while Baylor has eked out a couple of close wins, I think that finding the way to win those games goes a long way toward building momentum. Reminds me of the 2015 Cowboys. I never thought they were ever out of any game. That is until Rudolph got hurt.Brewer just had his worst game of the year against Texas Tech (sounds familiar) and they still found a way, thanks partially to #Big12Refs, to come out with the W.Porter: Shout out to Big 12 refs on that 2012 OSU-Texas game. #neverforgetCox: I know I said this two weeks ago (after K-State), but Spencer Sanders seems due for a bounceback (knocks on wood) and I think the defense has shown that it can keep OSU in the game. That being said, I think I agree with KP that the pressure is on OSU. 5-2 is a lot different than 4-3 when you look ahead into late October/November. Gotta get this win.Porter: Totally. The only fan base more invested in Spencer Sanders’ next six games than OSU is Arizona (or Louisville or Arizona State). Shane Illingworth’s future could depend on it.That’s hyperbole — I think — but in the same way Rudolph solidified himself as QB1 for as long as he was in Stillwater with those last few games in 2014, Sanders has a chance to do so over the next six. Otherwise, this maddening merry-go-round of QB chatter will continue into the next few years. Kyle Boone: I actually think there’s a lot of pressure on Mike Gundy, and I’m not sure that’s actually all that dramatic. His teams have played miserably as favorites over the last few seasons and surprisingly bad at home. A loss in homecoming would continue that awkward trend and only further the questioning about whether he’s lost his fastball or not.I don’t think he’s going to lose his job or anything if OSU doesn’t beat an unbeaten Baylor team, but it could get a little uncomfortable for OSU fans expecting more and continuously getting less every year.Porter: It’s tough to have too much pressure when your contract is always guaranteed for five years.I don’t disagree with you @boone — like, I think the concept is correct, but I don’t know exactly how that plays out. Everybody just remains mad for the next seven years?(never do lifetime contracts)Unfortunately OSU didn’t have previous experience in signing a head men’s coach to a too-long contract and have to eat a ridiculous amount of money when that contract didn’t work out.Boone: To me, a lifetime contract and a five-year rolling contract are different. The way coaching contracts are drawn up these days, almost every coach — on the hot seat, first year coaches, veterans — has at minimum three years. Five seems like a lot, but if the product is bad it’s not gargantuan. And I’d imagine OSU has a clause to get out of it (unless, you know, Travis Ford’s agent drew up the deal).Semantics, though. I mean Gundy has a lifetime deal whether he goes to the Texas Bowl or to the Stillwater Bowling Alley.Porter: I don’t want to get into a “is Gundy toast” vortex. That’s what The Chamber is for. But broadly-speaking, I agree with you about Gundy feeling a little heat if all of a sudden they’re 4-3 with Ames and Bedlam on deck.Cox: Yeah, either way things start looking pretty dark in The Chamber and on Twitter if OSU sniffs .500 ball in October.Porter: The Chamber of Darkness.Cox: Is it just me or did Gundy completely change the way he handles QBs since before Rudolph was there? He seems as bought-in with Sanders as he was with Cornelius. Which I think is a good thing.Porter: I agree, too. I do wonder how much that has to do with the guys behind them though. Clearly Sanders wasn’t ready last year, and I don’t think Brown is as good as Brown thinks (and others think) he is.Boone: I don’t know if we can draw any grand conclusion from the way he’s handled the QBs this season. Corn was a vet who gave OSU the best shot to win right away. Sanders is the most talented on campus who gives OSU its best shot to win big down the road. This is like an investment period for Gundy to have Sanders take his lumps now for payoff later.Cox: I’m all in for Sanders’ first 300-yard passing game. Didn’t think that would be this elusive this far into the season.Porter: Seriously, that’s crazy. Chuba almost had a 300-yard rushing game before Sanders had a 300-yard passing game. Still might, I guess.Boone: That is wild. I think the trade off to that is that Sanders is a WAY better runner than I expected but also maybe a slightly less accurate thrower than I expected.Porter: Yeah, I agree.Boone: (Sanders is completing 63.3% of his passes this season; Cornelius completed 59.4% last season.)Porter: Don’t trigger me @booneCorn wouldn’t have thrown those picks against Tech!Boone: And air yards/target are pretty much identical!Cox: I believe. (There’s our next t-shirt)Porter: I B3LI3V3Cox:Cox: Okay, the important question — Is Cade headed to Lexington, @boone?Boone: I don’t think so.Porter: Cade going to Kentucky would be such a dagger. As has been pointed out, it would be the first time at this level that a family hiring didn’t work. Add it to the list of systems OSU has ended.Boone: Actually, there is exactly one time a family member has been hired to a coaching staff and the prospect tied to the family member went elsewhere.Cox: Gunnar hasn’t committed yet.Porter:Boone: That instance was when SMU hired Tyrese Maxey’s dad. And months later, Maxey committed to Kentucky.Porter: Gary Parrish lied!Boone: It definitely happened. I think it’s the only other time. But of course it was Kentucky that was involved.Porter: Of course. I’m just ready for something to happen. Anything. Rondel. Bryce. Thor. Cade. All of them within 30 minutes. Whatever. Not too much to ask, IMO.Cox: You might have to start a second website if that happens.Boone: We’re officially less than a month until the early signing period starts, so I’d imagine shoes will start dropping soon.Gun to my head, the order of those commitments I’m guessing will be: 1. Rondel Walker 2. JT Thor 3. Bryce 4. Cade.Cox: How many to OSU?Porter: I want them all.Boone: I think three. Dunno which three.Porter:CadeBryceThorRondelBooneBooneWatsonLikekeleYorAndersonHiddeThat’s a legit Elite 8 team.Boone: Hidde should’ve been listed first.Porter: True.Cade is Cade, but if OSU gets three of those four — any three — I will be beside myself with delight. Might give Boynton equity in the company.PFB+ membership for life.Cox: Basketball schoolBoone: They could take all four of those blue-chippers, but IDK if they can land them all. The Bryce-Cade dynamic is a fascinating one that no one seems to know about. Do they even want to play together? Have they been scheming to go to the same school together? They seem really connected to how successful (or how big a failure, relatively speaking) this class could be.Porter: You have me all worked up again. You know this is what happens.Boone: Boynton would deserve it all if he gets one of the big two between Cade and Bryce. And he’d deserve HOF enshrinement if he gets both.Porter: Boynton > Boeheim don’t at meBoone: Not even close.Zone defense > man to man
I got this email this week from a reader who gave me the go-ahead to post it. I’m not posting it to comment on it. In fact I’m not going to comment on it even though I disagree with parts of it. I’m posting it because I think it’s a good synopsis of where a lot of rational OSU fans are at the moment with Gundy (based on what people tell me), which is about to become problematic for Oklahoma State as a program.Here it is.Here’s the biggest deal for me and why I’m so anti Gundy right now, he doesn’t seem engaged. My friend was at the game he sent a pic of the team huddled up during a time out, Gundy was 20 yards away, arms crossed. He literally looks like a corpse propped up out there. Look at the elite coaches, they are so involved in every play. Not Gundy, and his team plays like he coaches. Low energy, boring, no urgency. He’s really turning into Bill Snyder, I don’t want that. I’m not buying a new polo every year, having my weekends revolve around OSU football for 6-6/8-4 seasons every year. If we have no chance at ever winning the conference, I will quit caring. I’ll watch OSU football like I watch OSU basketball or the Dallas Cowboys. If I’m not doing anything, I’ll watch it or have it on as background noise. But I’m rarely engaged in those games, I’m mostly indifferent. That’s it in a nutshell, I’m afraid Gundy is going to end up turning the fan base into mostly indifferent people. Maybe Shane Illingworth comes in and jolts the program, I’m not off the Sanders hype train, but it is starting to lose steam. I honestly think he might have been a little concussed, he was playing really well till he took that shot to the dome. Play-calling doesn’t help him either. Anyways, another loss and I’m out on the season, I’m not here for a coach that looks like Bernie from “Weekend at Bernie’s” (get Carson to explain the reference) or a team that plays like they’ve got better things to do. 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.