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The Morning Fade – 1.17.11



Chatmon on tri-offensive coordinators (?) – As I read this I found myself thinking “does Gundy even know what he’s doing with any of this?” But, hey, you don’t win 29 games in 3 years without having at least some semblance of a clue.

Helsley on why OSU needs Matt Pilgrim – Between Marshall and Pilgrim maybe Ford needs to drop one of assistants and hire a psychologist. Or, at the very least, have a once-a-week Skype session with the Dr. Phil show.

Wrestling team puts an end to Iowa’s streak – “Iowa’s 69 straight dual wins entering Sunday had tied the Hawkeyes with OSU for the second-most in NCAA history. OSU had a 69-win streak twice, from 1921-32 and 1996-99. OSU holds the NCAA record streak with 76 consecutive dual wins from 1937-51. Still, this group of Cowboy wrestlers took little satisfaction Sunday in preserving that streak for OSU.”

Haisten says Wickline is staying put – “‘I’m in a great place,’ Wickline said. ‘Based on where Oklahoma State is, we’re in really good shape here, and we like the direction we’re going in.’ Good thing too, replacing two coaches is going to be difficult enough for Gundy, give him three and he might YouTube himself again.

Jimmie Tramel on what OSU needs to fix – “Shooting comes and goes. That’s to be expected. But defense and rebounding should be constants whether you play at home or on the road. Defense was acceptable in losses at Texas A&M and Colorado. The Cowboys allowed the Aggies and Buffs to make only 39-of-94 shots. Rebounding, however, was a major disappointment. OSU was outrebounded 73-52 during the road swing. Said Ford, ‘It’s uncalled for to get outrebounded the way we are getting outrebounded right now.'”

Haisten on Josh Cooper II – “Glidden says he has been motivated by the success of smaller receivers like Wes Welker of the New England Patriots, Danny Amendola of the St. Louis Rams and Josh Cooper of OSU. Also a Mustang native, Cooper had 68 catches during the 2010 season. It was the seventh-best single-season total in OSU football history.”

Ubben ranks the top 5 Big 12 QBs for 2011 – “1a) Brandon Weeden 1b) Landry Jones 3) Robert Griffin III 4) Ryan Tannehill. After that, I’m not even ranking guys. It gets ugly. Maybe it’s the next guy in line at Missouri or Texas Tech. IT could even be Garrett Gilbert. Seriously. Look around. It could get ugly at QB in the Big 12 next year. Wondering why OU, OSU and A&M look like the three biggest favorites next year? Well, there you go.”

CBS Sports on Weeden’s golf decision – “Weeden’s decision is enviable for any number of reasons. His off-season practice and film time will time-intensive, as befits a starting quarterback, but unless head coach Mike Gundy is clinically insane, that practice time will also be light on contact. Weeden’s spare time, then, will be spent on his senior year of school work and on golf. So then: playing football without getting hit, finishing a degree, and playing golf? If that’s not the best way to fully occupy one’s self as a 27-year-old, we can’t think of what else might be. Moreover, playing golf is a legitimate business skill, so in its own weird, indirect way, Weeden’s decision to play golf instead of go to the NFL is probably going to be a better long-term decision. Weeden’s NFL career is going to be short and light on snaps no matter what — his minor-league baseball career ensured that — so he may as well get his degree in business management and get his golf game as right as possible ASAP. These skills, not throwing a football, are going to help him earn money for the rest of his life; that he gets to throw a football to guys like Blackmon and Josh Cooper for one more year in exchange for that degree and that year with the golf team seems like an outstanding compromise. This, clearly, is the value of long-term thinking.”

Rush The Court breaks down the CU game – “Oh, we see you, Colorado. That’s a good Oklahoma State team you just beat and that’s a very cozy 14-4 (3-0) you’ve built for yourselves. The best part about watching the Buffaloes is that they’re driven by that stupendous guard tandem of Cory Higgins (23 pts) and Alec Burks (20/11), but yet those two gentlemen don’t settle for threes and love getting to the line — and they’re darn good at it (combined 21-22 today). Colorado played nine players against the Cowboys, seven of them guards, and still owned the offensive (14-5) and overall glass against OSU (34-22). Consider us impressed.”

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