Oklahoma State 1945 Football Team Awarded National Championship by AFCA

first_imgThe Oklahoma State Cowboys can now boast a national championship in football.The American Football Coaches Association recently announced that OSU has been retroactively named as football national champions for the 1945 [email protected] recognizes @CowboyFB as 1945 National Championhttps://t.co/YXzkSdVNYJ#okstate pic.twitter.com/bZSzzC1X2x— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) October 13, 2016 “After gathering all the pertinent information and doing our due diligence, it is the pleasure of our panel of coaches to officially recognize Oklahoma State’s 1945 championship season with the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy,” said AFCA executive director Todd Berry.The 1945 Aggies went 9-0 under head coach Jim Lookabaugh and finished the season with a 33-13 win over St. Mary’s in the Sugar Bowl. Bob Fenimore led the nation in both rushing and total offense and also ranked top 15 in the nation in rushing yards, passing yards, scoring and punting. The Aggies also featured All-American Neill Armstrong and All-Missouri Valley Conference player J.C. Colhouer.With this announcement, OSU becomes the first school to earn a national championship in both football and men’s basketball in the same academic year. According to OSU Athletics, the school now has 56 national championships, which keeps them at first in the Big 12 and fourth among all Division I schools.Read the full AFCA announcement here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Justin Gilbert Sets 10 Alarms to Prevent Oversleeping

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. During his young NFL career, former Oklahoma State defensive back Justin Gilbert has yet to live up to the lofty expectations thrust upon him after Cleveland selected him as a top 10 pick several years ago.And a major theme of criticism on him throughout his professional career, among several things, is his poor attendance to team meetings, thanks in part to what Gilbert himself says is attributed to him being a “hard sleeper.”Now Gilbert, with the Steelers, has a solution to that problem by setting 10 alarms each night.Here’s what he said about his excess alarms via ESPN.com:And I’m not even exaggerating,” Gilbert said via ESPN.com. “I can show you.”Gilbert’s “clock” app shows 10 wake-up calls, the first at 5:45 a.m. Gilbert allows himself a snooze — don’t we all? — but the next alarm hits at 6 a.m., followed by 6:07. The other seven are solely to satisfy his paranoia about sleeping too long. He never hears them, he says. “Once 6 hits, bam-bam-bam — I’ve got to get up,” said Gilbert, who readies for 8:20 special teams meetings Wednesday through Friday.So yeah, with 10 alarms, his missed meetings issue should be one of the past. As a heavy sleeper myself, I can attest that multiple alarms is the way to go. I mean, making several million dollars a year would probably do enough to motivate me to wake up, but if it keeps him out of trouble and on the field then good for him.last_img read more

Barry J. Sanders Speaks, Mike Gundy Calls Him ‘Tremendous’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Barry J. Sanders has probably not had the type of final season he would have hoped for. The senior had just 82 yards on 26 rushing attempts to go along with just over 500 return yards. But he said on Monday as he was allowed to talk to the media for the first time that he doesn’t regret transferring for a second.“It’s been fun,” said Sanders. “It’s been a lot of fun being back home closer to family and friends, and getting the chance to do something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’m glad that we’re in a great position now to go out and win a bowl game. During the season, I haven’t been able to grasp how special it is. But I know years down the line when I look back, I’ll really be able to feel how special it’s been. Senior night was one of those days I kind of felt it and really embraced it.”It’s not easy being the son of a legend. Nobody knows that more than Sanders, and it really felt like Gundy embraced that idea from the beginning and didn’t expect too much from No. 26. Even after BPS chanted his name on a near punt return TD in Game 1.“He’s been tremendous,” said Gundy. “He’s in a difficult position. He’s the son of arguably the greatest running back in college football history. Maybe ever. He graduates from Stanford and comes to Oklahoma State, it took a lot for him to come here, but he played a role with our team. Our players like him. He’s very mature. I think it’s been a productive move for him. He’s going to be fantastic the rest of his life and I’m glad he was part of our team.”It really has been cool to watch Sanders for a year even if he hasn’t done much. Although OSU badly whiffed on an opportunity to go full 1988 throwback uniforms on Homecoming. Sanders understands that Chris Carson and Justice Hill were simply better options at tailback.“The expectation for myself has always been to do whatever I’m asked to do, and to do whatever I need to do for the team to be successful. Coming in, that was kind of my mindset. Whatever the coaches’ decisions were, I’m behind them 100 percent.“I have no regrets. I still have yet to have any true regrets in life so I plan on keeping it that way.”last_img read more

Baker Mayfield Arrested on Four Counts Including Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was arrested on Friday night in Fayetteville, AR, according to multiple media reports, for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing, and resisting arrest.Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield arrested in Arkansas. pic.twitter.com/KpQDCdZ6hK— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) February 25, 2017Mayfield fled from the cops before getting tackled (!) by an Arkansas policeman. The social media reaction was pretty incredible.last_img read more

Cal Grad Transfer Offensive Lineman Visiting Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It’s a big weekend for Oklahoma State basketball with No. 1 Kansas coming to town on Saturday night, and the football coaches are taking advantage of what should be a rockin’ atmosphere at GIA. In addition to Clemson defensive back graduate transfer Adrian Baker making his way to OSU for an official visit, California offensive lineman graduate transfer Aaron Cochran is also making a visit.Stillwater ? pic.twitter.com/rRJ6Lasjr0— Aaron Cochran (@Cochran_Aaron) March 4, 2017OSU wasn’t able to adequately address the offensive line in the 2017 recruiting class, and Cochran would obviously fill a huge need.A 6-foot-8, 350-pounder who could protect Mason Rudolph’s blindside at left tackle, Cochran could be a legitimate option to fill a void in Stillwater during what will be his final season of eligibility at left tackle and potentially replace Victor Salako.last_img read more

How Much Will We See Mason Rudolph Run This Fall?

first_imgSo that doesn’t really portend a future in which No. 2 is definitely running with the ball, but my guess is that Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich are going to be OK with it to a point.“Mason (Rudolph) has been really consistent,” said Yurcich. “He’s done a really good job at leading and helping the other guys develop. Very consistent in securing the ball. At times when things have broken down, he’s made some plays with his legs, which is good to see.”He’s even run over some of defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer’s players.“He thinks he’s a big tough guy,” said Spencer. “He dropped his weight and he’s moving better now, so he’ll pull the ball down and lower his head on guys. I’ve got to tell him to go easy sometimes. He’s really had an evolution in his confidence and his leadership. There’s not much that we can give him as a defense that he hasn’t seen.“He knows where to go with the ball so we just try to stay a step ahead of him and try to show him some things that he hasn’t seen before. He’s gotten really good at being able to figure things out after the snap, as opposed to pre-snap. That’s scary. When you get a quarterback that can see things after the snap, you can’t disguise after the snap and that makes him pretty effective.”In 2015 we saw Rudolph rush 35 times which was about 3.5 percent of all of Oklahoma State’s offensive plays. In 2016 that number got bumped to 5.3 percent with Walsh out of the picture. Could we see it go up from there to 6 or even 7 percent? I think we could, and I think it could be an invaluable weapon for OSU’s already-scary offense this fall.The last thing Big 12 defensive coordinators want to see is a smart QB with experience who is able to read defenses post-snap with innumerable weapons on the exterior file away the ability to tuck it and run at will into his arsenal. Imagine Brandon Weeden with some wheels. That’s terrifying. That’s potentially unstoppable. That’s a really fun thought as we hurtle towards the regular season opener at the end of August. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Last season Mason Rudolph ran the football 83 times for 61 yards and six TDs. Of course he was also sacked 32 times for 201 yards so his real rushing numbers look more like 51 rushes for 262 yards and six TDs which is quite tidy for as big of a guy as No. 2 is.And that might have just been the beginning.Mike Gundy has been insistent on installing a J.W. Walsh-like package for one of his quarterbacks, and we have presumed that would be Keondre Wudtee or maybe even John Kolar or Taylor Cornelius. And maybe it still will be, but three different coaches commented on Rudolph’s ability to run the football at the end of spring ball.“He has continued to get a little more mobile every year,” said head coach Mike Gundy. “He’s lean. He was thin last year for what he had been in his career and he looks even better now. He has a better grasp at what we do. A couple of times this year, it would get him in a jam because he tried to do too much. Overall, just his grasp of our offense continues to get better each year.”Here was my view for (@Rudolph2Mason) Mason Rudolph’s 12 yard rushing TD & his thoughts on the run. #OKState pic.twitter.com/wWq6UkPLOF— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) November 19, 2016last_img read more

Oklahoma State Owns ESPN’s Big 12 Position Rankings

first_imgOklahoma State may be as deep across the board as it’s been since that historic 2011 season. The majority of you think the offense is more loaded this year and Mike Gundy thinks the defense could be better.So it should be no surprise that when ESPN finished their post-spring rankings for each Big 12 position group last week, Oklahoma State came out with the highest ranking across the board.Props to Mark Ortwein for drawing attention to it with this list.ESPN’s Jake Trotter and Mitch Sherman traded off the position groups. Here’s a look at where they had on each and where the Cowboys ranked.Quarterback – No. 2Only two Power 5 QBs — Mayfield and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett — have more starting wins than Mason Rudolph, who boasts a career record of 22-6. Backup QB, however, is becoming a perilous predicament for the Pokes. John Kolar, Keondre Wudtee and true freshman Jelani Woods all struggled in Oklahoma State’s spring game, leaving walk-on Taylor Cornelius as the favorite to back up Rudolph again in the fall. ESPNRudolph has everything he needs to put up an historic season and if he stays healthy will not only own the record books in Stillwater. He’ll give his team a chance at their second Big 12 title — and maybe more.Running Back – No. 5The Cowboys are thin here but remain in the top half of the league largely because of Justice Hill, the Big 12 offensive freshman of the year in 2016 who rushed for 1,142 yards. Look for Canadian newcomer Chuba Hubbard to complement Hill, along with senior Jeff Carr. And we already like incoming freshman J.D. King out of Georgia, mainly because his mom is a noted advocate of the Mike Gundy mullet. ESPNWhether the No. 2 spot is filled by Hubbard or fellow 2017 signee J.D. King or someone like La’Darren Brown who showed some potential this spring, the Cowboys are going to even lean more on Justice Hill then they did last year. As long as he’s 100 percent from off-season shoulder surgery, he should be more than capable of handling the bell-cow load.Wider Receiver – No. 1Quarterback Mason Rudolph said this spring that LSU transfer Tyron Johnson was Oklahoma State’s best receiver in space with the ball in his hands. Considering the other components of the Cowboy receiving corps, that’s an incredible compliment and underscored just how deep this Cowboy wideout unit will be. ESPNJames Washington could break Rashaun Woods’ record for career receiving yards. Jalen McCleskey could be the most underrated player in the Big 12. Marcell Ateman could lead the team in touchdowns. Tyron Johnson could win Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. What am I missing? Oh yeah, the insane fact that all could come true.Offensive Line – No. 5Depth is lacking, but the Cowboys solidified their starting unit with the addition of graduate transfer Aaron Cochran from Cal. He will replace Victor Salako and mesh with returning starters Marcus Keyes at left guard, center Brad Lundblade, right guard Larry Williams and Zachary Crabtree at right tackle. If these guys stay healthy, Oklahoma State’s line could rank next fall in the top three to four of the Big 12. ESPNZachary Crabtree has had four different OL coaches during his time in Stillwater. The Cowboys have serious depth issues and didn’t take a single high school prospect in their last signing class. But it finally seems like Gundy has his guy in Josh Henson. He’s a former lineman at OSU and a nationally-recognized recruiter. Most importantly, the line seems to have bought in. If they can continue their improvement in the run game and amp up their efforts in pass protection, the sky is the limit for this offense.Defensive Line – No. 3The Cowboys boast one of the deepest units in the league, especially at end, where they have five reliable and experienced options in Cole Walterscheid, Jarrell Owens, Tralund Webber, Jordan Brailford and Vili Leveni. To replace Vincent Taylor inside, Oklahoma State is hoping Darrion Daniels can take a big step forward in his third season. ESPNThe deepest defensive line that Mike Gundy has coached is going to be even deeper thanks to the return from injury of end Jordan Brailford and transfer and former Michigan State DT Enoch Smith Jr. Darrion Daniels needs to be the star of this line and he’ll have help from DeQuinton Osborne and end-turned-tackle Trey Carter.Linebacker – No. 3Lots of options exist for the Cowboys, despite the departures of Jordan Burton and Devante Averette. Senior Chad Whitener is back in the middle, and Oklahoma State coaches expect at least one star to emerge from the group of Justin Phillips, Calvin Bundage and Kenneth Edison-McGruder. Phillips is especially versatile and could play alongside his backup, Kevin Henry. Linebacker should rate as the Pokes’ strongest defensive position group. ESPNNo. 3 seems high on this list but when you really look at the depth the Cowboys boast, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Glenn Spencer along with the help of former Notre Dame defensive coordinator and current analyst Brian VanGorder spent the off season installing a permanent second scheme on defense. They will play out of both their traditional four-down and a three-down sets. The number one reason that is a possibility is the depth and versatility of their linebacker corps.Defensive Backs – No. 5The Cowboys landed one of the more high-profile grad transfers this spring in former Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker. Baker should help shore up the biggest question on the Oklahoma State defense, while allowing the Pokes to keep Ramon Richards as a cover safety, which could go a long way in bolstering coordinator Glenn Spencer’s pass defense. ESPNThe Pokes have some talent at safety and lots of questions at corner. They also have six committed safeties coming in the next two classes. Adrian Baker is a huge help at cover man but there will still be some growing pains, especially early. No other corner on the roster has started a D-I game. As Mike Gundy said, they may have to score “a few points” early on.Special Teams – No. 2While making plans for QB Mason Rudolph’s Heisman campaign, the Cowboys may want to promote Zach Sinor, too — for the Ray Guy Award. The junior punter rates as a serious weapon with his powerful leg and precision. His 35 punts downed inside the 20-yard line last year led the FBS. Jalen McCleskey is also back as a threat on returns. ESPN The Sinor hype is real. He was the most effective punter in college football a year ago. Aside from him, there are questions which is why No. 2 seems a bit high. The Cowboys haven’t fielded a game changer in the return game in a couple years and they have to replace the much maligned — but all-time leading scorer in OSU history — place kicker, Ben Grogan.Fan favorite or not, Grogan became a cold-blooded closer with three game-winners on his resume. Maybe Matt Ammendola picks up where he left off. Maybe Tyron Johnson sets a new punt return average record at OSU. But at this point, there are unknowns. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Cinematic Highlights of OSU’s Win vs. Tulsa

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU’s season-opening win over Tulsa on Thursday evening was full of thrills. From Tyron Johnson’s 44-yard score, to J.D. King’s 71-yard up-the-gut dash for a TD, the Cowboys rolled up the Golden Hurricane to move to 1-0 on the season.As per the usual, Orange Power Studios has put together the cinematic highlights of the 59-24 win narrated by none other than Dave Hunziker, and they are must-watch viewing.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Bailly goes from Maradona marvel to OG nightmare

first_imgManchester United v Liverpool Eric Bailly goes from Maradona turn marvel to ‘own goal of the season’ nightmare Miles Chambers 22:24 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eric Bailly Mohamed Salah Manchester United Liverpool Premier League Getty Manchester United v Liverpool Manchester United Liverpool Premier League Although the Red Devils defeated Liverpool thanks to Marcus Rashford’s heroics, the defender won’t want to watch a replay of the second-half incident Manchester United defender Eric Bailly went from showboating, ‘Maradona turn’ heroics to own goal embarrassment in two memorable moments against Liverpool.Starting his first Premier League match in four months, the centre-back was welcomed with open arms by United fans, who loved his high-risk, high-reward pirouette turn to shrug off Mohamed Salah in the first half.Eric Bailly, the coolest man on the pitch. pic.twitter.com/nVJJg6REzy— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) March 10, 2018Eric Bailly is straight from Wakanda.— Justin (@SlimSnelling) March 10, 2018Eric Bailly doing drag backs in the middle of the park. I LOVE THIS GAME! #mufc pic.twitter.com/dBkGwPd63F— United Xtra (@utdxtra) March 10, 2018Eric Bailly Zidane-rouletting his way into my heart.— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) March 10, 2018ERIC BAILLY JUST DID A MARADONNA TO GET AWAY FROM THE STRIKER pic.twitter.com/J8LTjQsyHf— Waz (@wazzz_r) March 10, 2018Eric Bailly is better than the best defender at your club. Pass it on.— LJ™ 🇾🇪 (@RealTalkUnited) March 10, 2018Rashford & Lukaku immense, but difference has been return of Eric Bailly. #MUFC could have had a different season if he’d stayed fit— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) March 10, 2018But, with Jose Mourinho’s men leading by two goals courtesy of Marcus Rashford, Bailly somehow backheel-flicked the ball into his own goal from a driven Sadio Mane cross.Eric Bailly overtakes Phil Jones in Manchester United’s ‘own goal of the season’ award. Great stuff. #MUNLIV— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 10, 2018That is some finish by Eric Bailly. Tremendous.— FK (@fkhanage) March 10, 2018Man Utd fans after Eric Bailly’s own goal. pic.twitter.com/ppuwCjWyWi— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) March 10, 2018Feel really bad for Eric Bailly. Was phenomenal up until the own goal considering it’s his first start since November. Sad to see him injured again – hoping it’s not long term. Manchester United need him.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) March 10, 2018Eric Bailly receiving treatment from the physio for a severe case of embarrassment.— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) March 10, 2018I’ve spent 16 years trying to recreate Gianfranco Zola’s goal against Norwich and then Eric Bailly does it completely by accident.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) March 10, 2018United held out at Old Trafford to win 2-1 and go five points clear of top-four rivals Liverpool in second place with eight Premier League games to play. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Do you have a “snow in August” message?

first_imgWhen I landed at BWI earlier this week, this ad greeted me at baggage claim. Mind you, it was 90 degrees that day. And sunny.I then asked my eight-year-old daughter what was wrong with the marketing message. She got it right away: “Who cares about your car not being snowy in the summer?”This is an extreme example of the right message in the wrong place at the… wrong time of year. This message belongs before the road leading to the parking garage, in the winter.Are you delivering your message when people are in a place, time, or state of mind when they will be likely to act upon it?Don’t waste paper, money or web pages on the right message in the wrong physical, temporal or mental moment. The environment surrounding the message (including the weather, in this rather literal case) is as important as the message itself.last_img read more