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Pasted Optimism: 6/21/2010

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John Smith named Freestyle Coach of the Year. Wrestling!

Oklahoma State lands LB recruit from Georgia, Demarcus Sherod. Sherod (#24 ILB - ESPN, 3 stars - scout) stated that his unofficial visit a few weeks ago sealed the deal as evidenced by this quote: "The visit caused me to pick Oklahoma State. The coaching staff and the players really made me decide it was the place for me."

Remember the days when the visit was what killed the deal? In the 80's and 90's, Pat Jones and Bob Simmons exhausted themselves coming up with excuses why recruits couldn't see our facilities. "Sorry, the carpet guy is in there right now, you'll get to see Lewis Field another time.. I promise."...."I would love to show you the weight room, but I left my weight room keys in my other jacket. To bad.. you really would have liked it because it is so not shitty." -Sam

From NewsOK: Bill Snyder says he prefers a Big XII with two divisions, title game. As terrible of an idea as this is, keep in mind that this current K-State coach has the same name as the great Bill Snyder from the 90's that turned their program around and is now retired... so that has to count for something. -Sam

Travis Ford is excited about Nebraska and Colorado leaving Take 4 wins away from Kansas each year and force them to travel to Stillwater, Austin, Waco, College Station and Norman every year. Things just got a lot harder for Bill Self, and a little easier for everyone else. We're excited too Coach.