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Daily Bullets (February 13)

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How Big Is the OL Coaching Change?

“It’s not a huge deal,” countered Sam Mayes, the Cowboys’ All-American guard from the early 2000s. “There are guys who started this year who are nervous. A new coach means new evaluation. ‘Am I still gonna be a starter? Is this coach gonna like me?’ The second that there’s a negative tone from the new coach, that kid is going to be like, ‘All right, Coach hates me. I’m not going to play.’ It’s really per person. They have to find a way to deal with it.

“But from the football side of things, I don’t know if that’s as big of a deal. With an offensive coordinator change, all hell breaks loose. Now it’s a system. It’s terminology. Teaching college football players a new system is like teaching a 2-year-old the alphabet.” [Tulsa World]

Really good stuff from Guerin Emig on how former offensive linemen view their coaches.

Big Unofficial Visitors

Kyle Boone wrote about this for us over the weekend, and Robert Allen talked to two big football recruits who were at the OSU-Texas game.

The pair arrived before the Oklahoma State-Texas basketball game and attended the game, sitting in the student section on the floor with McEndoo and a couple of Oklahoma State players in Cowboy back Keenen Brown and starting strong safety Tre Flowers. Then after the game, Muhammad and Bailey kind of experienced life as an Oklahoma State student-athlete.

“It was awesome. We got to hang with a lot of the players, like the back-up tight end Keenen Brown and got to meet the starter Blake Jarwin,” Muhammad described. “We spent time with Tre Flowers, one of the safeties. We got to see the campus and be at the basketball game. Coach Gundy is a cool guy, we got to spend time with him.” [Go Pokes – $]

Muhammad is grown man.

Oklahoma HS Football

Cody Stavenhagen looks at why football talent in the state of Oklahoma is getting better.

(Rashaun) Woods took over as coach at John Marshall in 2013. He came to a program that went 0-10 the previous year. But Woods filled a staff with top-notch coaches. John Marshall invested in football and has become a state power, winning 12 games last season.

“Just the overall commitment to football programs in Oklahoma is probably the driving factor in how many kids have an opportunity to play,” Woods said. “That’s probably the No. 1 thing that separates a Texas kid from an Oklahoma kid, is flat-out the preparation and the resources given for a kid to be successful.” [Tulsa World]

As an aside, who would have tabbed Rashaun Woods to help turn a football program around as a head high school coach? /doesn’t raise hand and doesn’t see a single hand raised

March Is Comin’

This is a good stat from Mark Cooper.

Oklahoma State is the 21st-rated team in the country by KenPom.com. No team eligible for the postseason and ranked in the top 21 has missed the NCAA Tournament since Air Force in 2006-07. So the Cowboys go to Fort Worth, Texas, this week in good shape. [Tulsa World]

OSU and NCAA Notes

Collected wisdom of Billy Bajema … Cowgirl softball went 3-2 over the weekend … Collin Klein returns to Manhattan as a coach … Oklahoma State torched OU in Bedlam

You can’t do this, Buddy.

What You Missed On PFB
More KD-Russ

You knew Berry would be must-read, and he was.

The Thunder players were no less invested. Russell Westbrook released seven months of frustration with a memorable bark-off with Durant, but Westbrook could get crossways with a goldfish. When sweetheart Andre Roberson ends up nose-to-nose with Durant, you know that Switzerland has taken up arms.

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This podcast, it was awesome.

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