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A look back at the 2011 recruiting class, Josh Holliday talks about the baseball season and John Smith previews Penn State.

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Basketball misc.

I can’t believe this is a thing I’m writing but Berry Tramel wonder is Travis Ford is going to be the Big 12 Coach of the Year… (NewsOK)

Kansas torched Texas Tech. Shocking, I know. (AP)

Granted, there were issues beyond on-the-court play, but OSU fell onto the bubble last year by losing seven consecutive games. The only conceivable way for OSU to not get in the NCAA Tournament is to endure a similar stretch. (Tulsa World)

Let’s not overthink this all-time OSU matchup — the 2000 team takes it in a rout. (CRFF)

Yes, stop scheduling games on TV two hours apart. (FTW)

I found this on LeBron James’ contract to be fascinating. (Deadspin)

Baseball starts this week

The 2015 OSU roster breakdown. (PFB)

The Big 12 is crazy good this year (sound familiar?) Five of the league’s nine teams have opening weekend series against ranked teams. (Big 12)

Jon Perrin took a funny shot at OU football this week. (PFB)

The man.

Football misc.

Brad Edwards picks OSU to be in the national semifinal next season (Auburn, USC, tOSU, and our OSU): This goes back to my early point about the top four at the end of the regular season usually having representatives from outside the preseason top 10. I’m not sure if Auburn will fit that description, but Oklahoma State surely would if it continues the streak of surprise Big 12 champions. (ESPN Insider)

OSU to Charlie Strong: Who is calling your terrible plays? (PFB)

The defensive coordinator who isn’t Mike Stoops is leaving OU for the Green Bay Packers. (CBS)

Travis Haney: The miraculous win at Oklahoma, paired with a TicketCity Cactus Bowl victory against a so-so Washington team, moved Mike Gundy off the coaching hot seat. Now, can he stay away from the danger zone with his bosses? The Cowboys will be posh picks to bounce back in the Big 12 in 2015, but is that really all that reasonable? (ESPN Insider)

‘Crootin

Good for this dude not signing a NLI. (CBS)

No surprise that OSU is high on this “makes the most of its recruits” list. (538)

Looking back at OSU’s 2011 recruiting class. It’s not great. (ESPN)

It seems a little reactionary to take one season’s worth of conference champs and project that recruiting is flawed because of it. Though I do understand the bigger point. (Football Study Hall)

This follow-up on recruiting rankings is also really good. (Football Study Hall)

Other sporting things

Who are the top 10 golfers in the world right now? (CBS)

On Big Cat and an artist bent on perfection. This is SO good. (Golf Channel)

John Smith previews Penn State.

Haha, this is great.

More stuff I’m reading

Whoa, Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show. (Deadspin)

If we aren’t willing to take risks then we are relying entirely on having picked the right hill to begin with. That is a tall order given that we pick our starting position when we have the least information about the landscape. That cuts the other way, too. Maybe you did pick the right hill. (99U)

On the instruction we find in books. (Kleon)

Henry David Thoreau clearly never met a blogger. (Saddington)

How YouTube changed the world. This is so true. (Kottke)

The truth about sunk costs. This is incredibly difficult for me. (Godin)

Stuck dreams are the worst kind of dreams because they give you the illusion of progress. Feels like something Glenn Spencer would have said. (Acuff)

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