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Daily Bullets (August 8) – Remembering Rudolph-to-Washington, Football Staff Turnover?



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TulsaWorld’s Bill Haisten is confident Mike Gundy will be back on the market looking for a new offensive coordinator in 2019… assuming one thing happens.

At Oklahoma State, Mike Yurcich has gotten positive results from a variety of quarterback circumstances. The Cowboys had a 10-win outcome from the Clint Chelf-J.W. Walsh combination in 2013, from the Mason Rudolph-Walsh combination in 2015 and from Rudolph in 2016 and 2017.

If Yurcich and coach Mike Gundy can get a nine- or 10-win finish from a 2018 Cowboy squad quarterbacked by a former walk-on (Taylor Cornelius), a first-year freshman (Spencer Sanders) or a graduate transfer from the University of Hawaii (Dru Brown), then Yurcich will be on the national short list of the hottest coordinator candidates for head-coaching jobs.

If you were to bet a dollar on whether Yurcich has a Stillwater address in August 2019, you’d be smart to bet that he doesn’t. [TulsaWorld]

Couldn’t agree more with that narrative. If an offensive coach can prove he can win with numerous different quarterback situations – namely developing an ace and making do with suboptimal situations – he’s more the goose than the golden egg.

All Good Things Come to an… End Eventually

This fall will be the fourth anniversary of James Washington and Mason Rudolph connecting deep – and Pittsburgh Steelers’ writers are commemorating the occasion.

Mason Rudolph and James Washington each brought up the touchdown pass.

It happened during Rudolph’s first career start, when they were both freshmen at Oklahoma State in 2014. Rudolph began the season as the Cowboys’ third-string quarterback, but injuries pushed him into the starting role.

They were playing Baylor late in year and, at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Rudolph hit Washington with a 68-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the drive.

That was it: The moment they both knew their connection was special.

“Ever since then,” Washington said, “we’ve been known as the guys that just chuck it deep every play.” [PennLive]

Consider yourself clairvoyant if you knew that play would be the first of many that would define the Oklahoma State offense for the next 30 plus football games. It’d be incredible to get to watch it on repeat in the NFL, for the Cowboy faithful and those who hail from Steel Country.

How fun would it be to watch Dez Bryant play there too?

Rickie Fowler Major-Winning Watch

Porter weighed in on Rickie Fowler’s chances to win the PGA Championship this weekend.

10. Rickie Fowler (T3 in 2014): Can I trust him? He has a pair of top fives in the last four PGAs but only three top 10s overall at majors in the last four seasons. I like his game and think he can catch as much fire as anyone, but I’ve always envisioned him winning one of the Opens before he won a PGA. [CBSSports]

OSU and NCAA Notes

ESPN’s Jake Trotter and Adam Rittenberg lament the omission of Justice Hill on ESPN’s top-50 list….Robin Ventura’s shine still gleams at Oklahoma State….USAToday looks at Oklahoma as a model for Ohio State without Urban Meyer….Cleveland Browns and Dez Bryant continue to circle each other….Recent history of what’s happened when a coach is suspended

Looking forward to seeing this kind of athleticism in GIA this fall.

Justice Hill in the slot? Justice Hill in the slot.

Mason Rudolph looking to get some PT on Thursday – airing on the Pittsburgh CBS affiliate.

I’m speechless sometimes.

The thought process of offended parties: “my school couldn’t have done something wrong therefore anybody making accusations (reporting facts) must be biased against us.” Excluding Thayer Evans reporting of course!

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