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Daily Bullets (April 2)



Passed the Test

Mike Gundy gave a little bit of insight into what went into hiring new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.

Gundy had a committee of individuals to help him through the interview process, and the 52-year-old Knowles won them over with his intelligence.

“I scanned the internet and looked for coaches who’d had success at schools that maybe hadn’t had the same talent as other schools, and he had been considerably successful for a number of years,” Gundy said.

“There were seven of us that interviewed, I think, seven different coaches.

“He’s a Cornell grad, he’s been a head coach in the Ivy League, been a Wall Street guy. Very intelligent. I have found that smart people generally become very good coaches. After his interview, I was somewhat satisfied that he’d be a quality defensive coordinator here.” [NewsOK]

Behind the curtain appears to be some Googling and finding out who’s doing more with less. And it’s hard to go wrong bringing in a Wall Street guy with an Ivy League background to coach in the Big 12, right?

Good to Great

Did you ever wonder the difference ten million dollars could make in a baseball stadium?

“I came in there thinking all right, we’re going to talk about starting this and I go, holy smokes, I need another $10 million dollars,” he said.

The first reaction in the room was to cut $10 million out of the plans and build a $50 million ballpark.

But that’s not Holder’s way. This is a man who raised the funds to build Karsten Creek — which will host the NCAA men’s and women’s golf championships this season — while he was coaching golf.

Cutting would mean losing the 360-degree concourse. The batter’s eye. The tiered, semi-berm terrace seating in the outfield.

All of the aspects of the stadium that made it special. [TulsaWorld]

Ten million is apparently the wow factor – the difference between function and awe. Everyone who walks in the new ballpark in a couple of years will be thankful for that extra money being raised.


As OSU hones in on recruiting an uber-talented pair of Tulsa twins, their high school coach had an insightful comment.

“OSU beat Kansas twice this season,” (Tulsa Memorial coach Bobby) Allison said. “If OSU offers you a scholarship, it means OSU believes you can help them beat Kansas.” [TulsaWorld]

Mayor’s Cup wins over ORU and an impressive upset of K-State be darned, but sweeping a Final Four team implies someting about a trajectory that’s hard to top.

OSU and NCAA Notes

Pokes swept TCU over the weekend….KU wing says loss to OSU (presumably the second) was the turning point of KU’s season….Can Michigan slow Villanova’s high-flying offense tonight?….Cowboy Football makes top-ten of this unique uniform ranking….Five best college football games of 2017….Vanessa Shippy grabbed the runs record after a close loss to Tech on Saturday

Women’s basketball game winner for the title – can only hope for this kind of game tonight.

Savage rivalry move here.

Horns are looking under every stone to find a quarterback.

What tonight’s title game could, unfortunately, come to.

Congrats to the equestrian team.

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