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Daily Bullets (Mar. 25): Evaluating Boynton After Year Three, Bigger Loss: Tourney Run or Baseball?



Loved this definition for “social distancing“.

Bullets Rundown

• Boynton after year-three
• Biggest OSU-loss because of the virus (so far)
• Boynton pod + Cade talk

OSU Bullets

What’s your conclusion on Coach Mike Boynton at this point? We’ve arrived at the magic three-year number.

On National Signing Day for football athletes, while fans clamor to check recruiting rankings, a reasonable person might say, “Wait three years. After that, you’ll know what you have.”

The “wait three years” approach really doesn’t work with the 38-year-old Boynton.

I think he’s pretty good, and he was more than just pretty good while pulling OSU from a terrible January slump, but it’s currently impossible to know absolutely that Boynton is destined for a truly successful run in Stillwater. [TulsaWorld]

Assessing the first three years is tough – no tourney, roster attrition each year, stagnant spells and losing streaks. But his teams play hard, he’s incredibly likeable – a great culture fit, he’s recruiting well, and he’s just now 38.

Two more years will give a more comprehensive picture and seems to make the most sense.

• You could argue this hit to OSU athletics was bigger than basketball being cut short: no baseball.

This “opening day” saw no roaring home crowd. No gleaming smiles from players geeked to be playing in it. No fireworks show after the first game was done. Win or lose, in those nine innings against TCU the entire Cowboy program was still going to be the overwhelming winner. But alas, it was another victim of a pandemic virus that won’t allow the remainder of this baseball season to take place. []

• Porter and Carson talked with Coach Boynton on the pod yesterday – a good chance it’s the highlight of my Wednesday. If you’re not a podcast person, you’ll need to read this snipped where Boynton talks about Cade Cunningham

•  These March Madness memories were fun to reflect on.

• Seth nailed it – this wrestling pic is awesome.

• These O’Colly photos of students moving out are wild – “remember when we evacuated campus freshman year?”

• Here was a fun OSU March – just a few years ago. 

Non-OSU Bullets

• Loved this Ringer ranking of the top-50 The Office episodes
• Pretty legit – 450 Ivy League courses you can take for free
• NYT’s coverage of Covid-19 has been solid – startling how the virus spread
This faith-based article on fear was great – most used command in scripture was surprising

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