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Bullets: Big 12 teams solely focused on shutting down Phil Forte

Recruiting drama is on tap, OSU women got a last-second win and must Travis Ford go?




Bedlam recap

Buddy Hield echoing a league-wide attitude towards Phil Forte: ““That boy can pull it. He’s a good player. They’ve got other good players around him. The main focus is to stop Phil Forte.” (NewsOK)

Thoughts and notes on OU’s win. A bummer, but not a dagger on the season. (PFB)

Michael Cobbins: ““First half, everything was clicking for us. Everyone was jelled in together. Everyone was locked in. I’m not sure what happened the second half.” (NewsOK)

There was a Snapchat takeover in the student section. (Fox 23)

Lon Kruger: “I’m proud of them. It is not easy to do that against a good ball club on the road. A good win.” (ESPN)

Ford laments that OSU had a small lead heading into the half on Saturday night. Said it should have been bigger. He’s probably right, though I’m not sure it would have mattered much. Pokes got torched in the second half. (NewsOK)

Nine games into Big 12 play, Oklahoma State has fused consecutive halves of strong play just once — Tuesday against Baylor. (Tulsa World)

Oklahoma’s 64-56 victory over Oklahoma State was the Sooners’ first victory out of 14 decided by single digits. OU had won each of its previous 13 games by at least 10 points and by an average of 21.9. (Big 12 Sports)

Ford: “We’re a team that there wasn’t a lot expected out of us. We’re right in the middle of things. Yeah, we’d love to be sitting here at 9-0 in the league. We’re not. You’ve just got to move forward.” (NewsOK)

This is cool.

Here’s Ford’s postgame presser:

‘Crootin news

OSU offered a RB from Tulsa Washington. He doesn’t really seem like the type who would start as a freshman. (NewsOK)

We also signed somebody named Jeff Carr out of Temple, Texas. (NewsOK)

Jake Trotter on the OSU running back situation: I just get the sense the Pokes are targeting a late flip from somewhere else, maybe. (ESPN)

OSU got a big time commitment from a 4-star DT on Friday. (PFB)

…now Mike Gundy, recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr and assistant Mike Groce are thinking of how they can parlay this national announcement by Daniels. (Scout)

Kevin Henry took a visit to The U. (Scout)

Meanwhile, Joshua Jones has de-committed. (Scout)

Pat Jones on why OSU and OU recruit the state of Texas so hard: “There’s just so many Jenks and Unions, that’s the way I’d put it.” (NewsOK)

Kye Staley: “I feel like Oklahoma has a lot of hidden talent that some schools pass up and don’t get a chance to view.” (NewsOK)

Football misc.

This is a good thing for 2015 — OSU was one of the most unlucky teams in the country in 2014. Here’s the data. (Football Study Hall)

Mason Rudolph is 40-1 to win the 2015 Heisman. OK. (NewsOK)

108 TDs and zero scholarship offers. Crazy. (CRFF)

Devonte Fields is headed to Louisville. Wonder what this means for Tyreek. Fields punched a girl in the head and told her he should “blast her” with a gun. (CBS)

Basketball misc.

The Oklahoma State women got a last-second W on Saturday. (O’Colly)

A West Virginia player went double birds at Texas Tech over the weekend. (Big Lead)

Ford has had plenty of time to bring in players that fit his system, but I’m not really sure there is a system to fit. (CRFF)

A UVA student won $18K by hitting a half-court shot on Gameday. His reaction was tremendous. (Yahoo)

Will Kevin Durant sign the NBA’s first $200 million contract? (Daily Thunder)

This is a team far too dependent on the three ball, considering it doesn’t have enough guys who shoot a reliable percentage from beyond the arc. (Fox SW)

Super Bowl

And now Tom Brady has won four Super Bowls and counting, and is the greatest quarterback this game has seen. (NewsOK)

This photo of Brady and Richard Sherman is incredible. (Big Lead)

The fight at the end of the Super Bowl was intense. (FTW)

Phoenix Open

Brooks Koepka, get to know the name. (CBS)

Tiger Woods is broken. (CBS)

This was pretty awesome.

Here’s what Rickie Fowler’s Tuesday of tournament week looks like.

More stuff I’m reading

Ezra Klein on Andrew Sullivan’s exit from blogging with commentary on blogging as a medium is really good. Those who read this site regularly will enjoy it. (Vox)

The energy you expend on work is a precious resource. If you’re tapping out your reserves on time-sucking, progress-irrelevant to-do’s like fine-tuning your bio or sub-categorizing your server folders, you’re not making any real progress towards your larger vision. (99U)

Almost no one is going to become a true fan. (Godin)


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