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Daily Bullets (March 30)



Freshman 20

Mike Boynton continues a line of five Cowboy head coaches to win at least 20 games in their first year… What’s that about?

When coaches take over for fired coaches, there’s usually rebuilding to be done, so success is difficult. At OSU, Eddie Sutton took over when Hamilton went to Miami U. and left the cupboard full; Sean Sutton took over a long tradition of winning from his father; Ford took over a good roster, since Sean Sutton was fired for non-basketball reasons; and Boynton took over for Underwood when the latter left for Illinois. So only Underwood replacing Ford was rebuilding in order, and Ford left behind an NBA point guard in Jawun Evans. [NewsOK]

Travis Ford learned the hard way that you don’t want to be the guy that follows the family and Underwood learned it’s good to follow that guy (low expectations). But for a program who hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game in 13 years, the new coaches make a heck of an impression.

Compliments on the Complementary Pieces

An All-American candidate would be enough to take pressure off a quarterback but the OSU offense doesn’t stop there.

Jalen McCleskey, Dillon Stoner and Tyron Johnson each produced 100-yard performances in the second half of last season. McCleskey caught five passes for 109 yards at Iowa State. Stoner caught four for 113 against Kansas — and caught a touchdown in each of the final four games. Johnson hauled in four passes for 118 yards and two scores in Bedlam.

Three players, all capable of catches 50 passes or going for 1,000 yards in 2018. And that doesn’t include Tylan Wallace, the elite prospect who played his way onto the field as a true freshman.

That quartet will lead the way for OSU as it tries to lessen the effect of losing two 1,000-yard receivers.

One thing’s for sure: Whomever wins the starting job at quarterback will still have plenty of playmakers to work with. [TulsaWorld]

While it won’t be a couple of guys with at least an outside shot of both being selected in the first (or second) round, experienced, potent pass-catchers will make it easier on whoever wins the job this fall.

OSU and NCAA Notes

Big 12 representing at Final Four weekend – pulling for Kendall Smith in the 3-on-3….Five Pokes with the most to gain from spring ball….Ranking the undefeated non-Power Five teams since 1984….Mike Leach with some (questionable) marriage advice….Why Bill Self got emotional about this Kansas team

How this could impact college hoops is super interesting. The Ringer chimes in here.

NCAA is somewhere between the IRS and a meter maid as far as likability but this is a classy move.

Happier than Gundy in Cabela’s.


This is impressive.

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