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For What it's Worth---Oh Oh OSU, Bill Snyder, Texas and a solemn anniversary

September 11, 2013|Bruce Haertl | For What It's Worth

It’s been interesting to gauge the reaction to Sports Illustrated’s report of alleged improprieties over the course of eleven years in the Oklahoma State football program.  ESPN’s Jason Whitlock went so far as to wonder whether Thayer Evans, a co-author of the report, could actually spell the word cat. Evans is an Oklahoma native who went to OU, so you can imagine how the battle lines are being drawn. This is going to be an interesting week.

Timing is everything---

Upon first blush the SI expose appears to be a well-researched, well-sourced report , but the timing is a little odd for me.  If they wanted to do a story, as they’ve stated, on a football program that went from irrelevant to national prominence—they might have done better than Oklahoma State.  From 2001, when Les Miles took over, through Mike Gundy’s fifth season in 2009 the Cowboys went an average of 7-5; during that stretch they never won more than nine games in a season.  That changed over the last two years of the 11 seasons in question by SI when they went 11-2 and 12-1, but they backed up to 8-5 last season.  Still, OSU has but one Big 12 Championship and one BCS berth to its credit during those years, a nice resume but hardly Alabama or LSU or even OU, for that matter.


It’s just what he does---

Bill Snyder almost seemed embarrassed by the attention he’s received for sending a handwritten note of congratulations to North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen in the wake of his Bisons upset of K-State.  Fact is that coach is a gracious letter writer from way back; I’ve even received a couple from him after MCing events he’s attended.  What’s sad is that so many people are surprised when anyone does something this classy any more.

A man named Jordy---

Jordy Nelson came to K-State as a walk on, he left as an All-American and now, with 23, he has the most touchdowns of any receiver in the NFL since 2011.


The stars at night aren’t as big or bright as they used to be deep in the heart of Texas.  Emasculated by BYU which ran for more than 550 yards against his alleged defense, Mack Brown fired his defensive coordinator just two weeks into the season. One of two things are happening with the ‘Horns and neither of them are good—either they’re getting good players and can’t coach them or they’re just not getting good players anymore, which is inconceivable.  Texas is home to face #25 Ole Miss this weekend; I’ll bet there are a lot of fans down their holding their breath, not to mention their tongues.

Blake’s chance---

Wichita’s Blake Bell will get the start at quarterback for OU this weekend against Tulsa.  Trevor Knight has a bit of a banged up knee, but I think it’s his ineffectiveness that’s spurring the change.  The Sooners have run for more than 300 yards in each of their first two contests, but have generated little in their passing game.  Bell should give them the chance to stretch the field more, I know I’m a homer on his behalf, but I see this as Bell’s chance to take over the starting role in Norman.

Hard to believe---

How can it possibly be twelve years since 9/11?  You talk about an event that seems like it was just yesterday.  With everything going on in Syria and other places, we’re reminded that the world hasn’t seemed to change very much since that fateful day.

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