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High Noon Highlights: Everybody Loves Mike Gundy

Mike Gundy visits ESPN, British Open concludes, Tight End de-commits and grad transfer shows commitment. Read up!

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In case you haven’t heard...

High Noon Highlights is one of those changes that Cade is speaking of. HNH is our newest column and will be part of CRFF’s rotation every Monday-Friday at noon, on the dot. In the new recurring post, we will be talking about a few Oklahoma State topics that maybe didn’t deserve a full post all to itself. No more three paragraph articles about minor news. We’re trying not to flood your newsfeed (and clutter our site) with minimal news that can be simply broken down here.

This is good for both our staff and our readers. Why? Well, it allows our writers to focus on more in-depth stories that our readers like, such as stat pieces, interviews, opinion pieces, etc. It also allows our readers to catch up on all things OSU in one article rather than through multiple pieces. Basically, we are taking a quality over quantity route. Understand?

Let’s get to it.

Mike Gundy Takes a Trip to Bristol, CT

This past weekend, the Big 12 head coaches visited ESPN headquarters in Bristol, CT to tape and record segments that the sports media powerhouse could use between now and the end of the college football season. No coach is better at creating that sweet sweet #content than Oklahoma State’s own, Mike Gundy.

Watch Gundy talk with ESPN’s First Take about his knack for going viral, the CMU game, what it will take to win the Big 12 and the wonder of Bill Snyder:

Gundy has missed the ESPN Car Wash the past few years due to a scheduling conflict with his son’s baseball tournaments, and it’s clear that the world has missed out. I really love that Mike Gundy is embracing his “image”. The team is in a good position to make some noise later in the season, and Mike Gundy being a household name is only going to help with the national perception of the team. Oklahoma State fans have loved this guy for years, and it’s about time college football fans realize what a treasure Mike Gundy is.

Mark Cooper wrote an incredible article detailing Gundy’s trip at the ESPN Headquarters. Check it out:

Fowler and Noren Impress, but Fall Short at British Open

Former Poke, Alex Noren, gets his 3rd top 10 finish of the year at The British Open, ending up T6 with a -4.

The Swedish golfer came away with a top-ten finish after shooting a 3-under 67 on Sunday. Outside of a shaky start on day two, the 35-year-old Noren put together a solid effort at Royal Birkdale.

The former Oklahoma State golfer shot for par on six of the first nine holes on Sunday. He birdied the other three. Noren bogeyed on the 11th hole, but finished strong to climb nine spots up the leaderboard to close the tournament.

After all of the momentum for Rickie Fowler these past few months, Rickie couldn’t get the ball rolling last week and finished the tournament at even par. While I would murder for a round of 71, this obviously wasn’t Fowler’s best showing.

Oh, but he almost aced a par 4.

Pokes Lose a Tight End Commit

Many OSU fans saw this one coming. Nic McTear is a 3-star tight end out of Frisco, TX, who only recently saw his recuitment boom. Oklahoma State saw the potential in McTear early and gained a commitment from the young tight end before his recruitment really ramped up. More and more scholarship offers came in, and things must’ve gotten shaky. Ahhh, the fickle mind of an 18 year old kid. Many see Texas as his ultimate landing spot.

Charge your phone, bro.

Aaron Cochran is Showing Commitment

One of the offenses biggest worries from the end of last season was the graduation of Mason Rudolph’s backside tackle, Victor Salako. That worry was addressed when Aaron Cochran, a grad transfer from Cal, decided to take his talents to Stillwater, OK. Cochran, a two-year starter for Cal is joining an experienced group of lineman, and hopes to help Justice Hill run for 1,000+ and keep Mason Rudolph protected.

This really impressed me:

“When we brought him in on a visit, I think he was 6-7 and 362 pounds,” Gundy said. “And we mentioned to him that, even though he was in a no-huddle offense, that we’re in a different climate here for temperature, the humidity’s different, our style and pace is probably a little faster.

“He came back at 320 when he showed up in June.”

Everything is sliding into place, guys... THIS IS OUR YEAR!