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Daily Bullets (June 28)



Regrettable and Forgettable

Mike Holder made some comments about his remarks on the PistolsFiring podcast.

The longtime OSU athletic director said this week he regrets the comments.

“What I should have been doing is encouraging me, as the athletic director, to do a better job of getting the message out that this is a great place to get an education and further your dreams as an athlete, not just in football but across the spectrum of every sport that we offer here,” Holder told the Tulsa World. “And challenge myself to do a better job of that. That’s what I regret.”

The timing of Holder’s interview — in June, one of the quietest months on the college athletics calendar — only amplified the attention it got. [TulsaWorld]

Holder said a lot more in the World piece that’s worth reading but the main thing was that he stepped back from the comments that were so easily taken out of context to be construed as tension. As long as it doesn’t cost the best coach in school history, hearing folks candid thoughts are always more interesting. Especially in June, what I refer to as sports purgatory.

Bet On It

With the advent of gambling on college football (in non-Nevada states), let’s take a look at who the surest thing in Big 12 betting is.

76-53 (.589) — The Cowboys have been the most reliable play in the Big 12 over the last 10 years, but you want to target them when they’re favored. Oklahoma State is 60-35 ATS in that span, and while it’s reliable everywhere, it’s even better in Stillwater. The Cowboys are 36-19 ATS at home. [CBS Sports]

For as much as they live on the edge (hence the term “Cardiac Cowboys” being more appropriate than a negative term), the Pokes are the surest bet in the league.

Diving into Dax

As OSU Football tries to woo the uber-talented younger brother of their All-Big 12 running back, an encouraging thought was shared by Dax Hill’s high school coach.

“I think Oklahoma State has a little edge,” Tulsa Washington coach Brad Calip said, “because he knows all about them.”

Justice being there, though, does not appear to be another benefit for the Cowboys. He and Dax would be on campus together for only one season. He also has been lax in efforts to recruit his brother, though he’s made himself available to answer any questions Dax might have about OSU. [NewsOK]

So pros – an accurate picture of what life is actually like playing football at Oklahoma State, a former roomate who can answer any follow-up questions. Cons – there won’t be another Hill on the football team after his first year there (if that).

OSU and NCAA Notes

Historically which college football coaches overachieve/underachieve was surprising….Things are getting spicy in Waco (again? still?)….Former Cowboy Baseball player and coach is headed to West Virginia to be an assistant….HCS said the optimism around 2018 Cowboy Football is misplaced….Rashaun Woods has rebuilt the program at OKC’s John Marshall, named little all-city coach of the year

Get an early look at Boynton’s first (full) class.

…and numbers for the new guys. Curtis Jones with No. 1 will be salty. Also – will Likekele be able to shoot from halfcourt automatically by wearing 13?

Death, taxes, and Rickie taking lots of time for fans.

Promoting from the Mountain West is… fine.

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