More Questions, Few Answers
Good column by Bill Haisten on the Mike Boynton presser on Thursday.
So when Boynton says that more discoveries are lurking, he’s probably correct. Who know what will happen next, and to whom? Boynton also insists that he has slept peacefully since Sept. 26, which would suggest that the Oklahoma State coach is blessed with peace of mind.
When this situation is totally resolved, will Boynton and OSU have been damaged a little or a lot? Time will tell. [Tulsa World]
I like Boynton — quite a bit actually — and he was fine on Thursday, but there were a few moments that were a bit unsettling. The one that might have stood out most to me was him saying that he hasn’t felt like he hasn’t had Mike Holder’s support. Double negatives are never good with the FBI involved.
TCU doubled down on speed
Good stuff here from my pal Ian Boyd on how TCU is doubling down on what it’s always done and why it’s working.
It’s essential to the TCU defensive system that they be able to allow the front six and either end of the secondary to play in isolation to create diverse play calls and engender aggressive play. To get away with it though they needed guys in the secondary that can hold up against deep routes without getting burned for 800 yards and 60 points against spread teams that can throw deep.
That has meant going even smaller and faster on defense for Gary Patterson. If they can keep it up and allow their own team speed to be the defining factor in Big 12 play this season, perhaps they’ll be the real contender to Oklahoma that we all thought Oklahoma State would be. [Football Study Hall]
The above basically sums up what they did against OSU, and OSU should have an intermediate answer … but it didn’t.
Todd McShay Moves Rudolph Into Top 32
And he did this after the TCU game which he attended (of all games!)
Rudolph improved upon a good 2015 campaign with a better 2016, throwing for more than 4,000 yards with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He has the frame (listed at 6-foot-4, 233 pounds) and mental makeup that you look for, but his below-average arm strength is a concern. With 16 passing TDs to only four INTs, along with five rushing TDs, he has had an impressive start to the season. [ESPN – $$]
OSU and NCAA News
Peter Uihlein is a hot pick to win PGA Tour ROY (it would actually be an upset if he didn’t win it) … Mason Rudolph thinks people disrespect his running ability … Good recap of OSU’s season here through (almost) the halfway point … Zach Crabtree remains one of the best quotes in recent memory … Alabama has beaten SEC teams 125-3 this year (we don’t want Bama) … Joel Lanning as the best pure football player in the B12?
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 6, 2017
What are you doing OU?!
— Coach Drew Hill (@OU_CoachHill) October 5, 2017
What You Missed on PFB
• Good stuff here from Kyle Cox on Justice Hill
• Mike Yurcich? Yeah, he’s actually a pretty good coordinator
• New pod on fade routes and Homecoming helmets
• Notes on Mike Boynton’s first press conference of the season
More Stuff I’m Reading
• Why WeWork thinks it’s worth $20 billion
• I remain fascinated to see where the independent subscription industry goes
• Wait, ESPN is developing a Pardon My Take show?
• This is long, and I didn’t finish it, but it’s very good — Saving the world from the software apocalypse
• Amazing quote here: “Scratching an itch is a route to pleasure. Learning to productively live with an itch is part of happiness.”