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High Noon Highlights(5/7): Justice Hill at rookie mini camp, best coaching jobs in college football

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Justice Hill at Ravens mini camp:

We got our first look at Justice Hill on the field with and NFL team yesterday as the Ravens posted a look from rookie mini camp.

And it looks like their team Twitter account has caught on to the Justice puns. Some other news out of camp Hill will wear number 43.

There’s a lot of excitement around the Ravens right now after they acquired Hill and Brown. Those two alone to go with second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson set Baltimore up to play a fast, exciting brand of football. There is still a lot to learn for the young pups, though, as Hill pointed out himself.

“It’s just more advanced,” Hill said. “Another level. Every level gets a little bit more difficult, and the playbook is a lot larger, so you just gotta study. But, it’s something that we all can handle, and we have. We’ll be able to come out here and play fast.”{Pistols Firing Blog}

Ranking the best coaching jobs in all of college football:

Athlon Sports did the impossible and went through all ranked all of the coaching jobs in college football. Coming in at No.22 on their list was Oklahoma State. Here’s what they had to say about coaching the Cowboys.

Mike Gundy deserves a ton of credit, but it’s probably not a coincidence that Oklahoma State’s improved play on the field — the Pokes have been ranked in the final AP poll seven times in the last 11 years — has coincided with the enormous financial commitment to the program made by T. Boone Pickens. Oklahoma State will never be more prestigious than Oklahoma or Texas, but it’s a program that has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years. {Athlon Sports}

Cowboy Baseball forms special bond:

Matthew Sitton loves Oklahoma State athletics, in particular OSU baseball. When the Keeper of the Game foundation got Sitton season tickets for this season he gained a team of brothers.

“You gotta take care of your brothers,” Vilade said. “And he’s our brother.”

Vilade, an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Cowboys, established the nonprofit organization in 2014 to bring individuals with special needs closer to baseball. Sitton, who spends time with the Cowboys after every game he attends, has Down syndrome.

Love for OSU sports, particularly baseball, permeates Sitton’s life. When he visits Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, he brings his treasured baseball glove. It was an early birthday gift from Vilade’s son Ryan Vilade, a former Cowboy who plays for a Colorado Rockies farm team. Sitton’s brown eyes twinkle each time he mentions O’Brate Stadium, OSU’s under-construction venue. He refers to numerous OSU athletes by name not because he might be their biggest fan, though he proudly claims that title, but because he is their friend.

“I like the baseball team,” Sitton said. “I like Colin Simpson and Big Joe (Lienhard), and I like all the players, (coach) Josh Holliday and coach Vilade.” {O’Colly}

2020 Schedule Update

We still don’t have OSU’s full 2019 basketball schedule, but we already know something about 2020 thanks to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

A lot of familiar faces in there, with OSU facing off against or appearing in tournaments against Florida State, Penn State, and Charleston in recent seasons.

Around the Big 12:

Around the Big 12 in baseball

Kirby Hocutt signs extended contract

Mountaineers looking to dominate in-state recruiting

Around the country:

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