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Daily Bullets (January 21)

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I started this little blog six years ago today. It is no longer a little blog. Thank you for reading.

The Underwood struggle

Mark Cooper with a little perspective on Underwood.

The only coach in the AP Top 25 to come from a mid-major and take his team to the NCAA Tournament in his first year was Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, who won 20 games in his first year after coming over from Delaware.

There are exceptions like Shaka Smart, who had Texas in the tourney last year, or what Dixon and Beard have done so far in 2016-17. But an 0-6 start to conference play does not necessarily mean it’s doomsday for OSU. Six years ago, Fred Hoiberg started 1-12 as Iowa State’s coach in Big 12 games. His teams never missed the tournament after Year 1. [Tulsa World]

Like I’ve said multiple times the last few weeks, he gets three years minimum, and I think he’ll be here for a decade or more.

Chris Beard on the Pokes

OSU-Tech on Saturday (which we previewed here). Here is Chris Beard’s take on the Pokes.

“Brad’s teams really like to pressure,” Beard said. “They don’t want you to play comfortable at all. On offense, they aren’t just going to let you pass it from a-to-b without having to work. There is going to be a lot of denial in the passing lanes. They’ve also played multiple defenses this year with a 3-2 zone.

“We are going to have to play against pressure for 40 minutes. We are going to have to play against changing defenses. Most importantly, we are going to have to play against good players. They have three talented scorers, and Jeffery Carroll is one of the most improved players in the Big 12. I think first you have to give their coaching staff some credit. Then obviously, you have to give him a lot of credit. He’s a legitimate all-conference player in the Big 12.” [Tech]

Is OSU going to pressure for 40 minutes? So far that answer is a nearly Big 12-record-sized NO.

OSU puts two on Big 12’s top 25

James Washington (No. 2) and Mason Rudolph (No. 3) are two of the top three players returning in the Big 12, according to ESPN.

After back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Washington could open as the favorite for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver. Washington now has a dozen career 100-yard receiving outings, including his 171-yard shredding of Colorado in the December bowl game.

Like Washington, Rudolph opted to return for his senior season, making the Pokes absolutely loaded offensively for 2017. Among the FBS’ eight 4,000-yard passers last year, Rudolph threw the fewest interceptions with only four. [ESPN]

You will be stunned, but I agree with this conclusion.

Mike Leach has takezzz

Sweet mercy, the pirate has been unleashed and is wielding a Greg Sankey-shaped sword.

“First, it becomes it won’t work,” Leach said. “Second, they basically say, ‘oh it’s a system,’ suggesting that people who don’t do it that way — who just run it up the middle, stick all your asses together so one hand grenade can kill everybody — that’s the right way to do it. Since they do it the right way, they’re OK with the fact they lost.

“This is a great time to be in the SEC; everybody’s got the same offense: run right, run left, play action. And they tease themselves and say we threw it four more times a game this year than we did last year.” [Clarion-Ledger]

Stick all your asses together so one hand grenade can kill everybody!

Past and future

Here are three tweets on one former OSU player and two future ones.

Yo.

Hardy nearly but fiddy on ’em! His team only scored 58!

Chuba Hubbard is in Stillwater apparently. I feel like there should be a tutorial on Lynda.com for deciphering tweets as they relate to recruits.

More OSU/Sports News

John Lucas got an All Star Game vote from another NBA player? OSU wrestling is now going with the football team’s font.

Please do. It’s way past time.

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