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High Noon Highlights (9/3): Sean Gleeson blends old school, new school approach to play calling

Welcome to High Noon Highlights, a place to catch up on everything you missed in Oklahoma State Athletics.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 17 Penn at Princeton Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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Sean Gleeson’s blend of old school and new school play calling

This seems very on brand for Sean Gleeson. He feel very new school, which is awesome, I love analytical thinkers in sports. But, there isn’t an over-reliance on the numbers, according to Gleeson:

“Analytics is kind of a buzzword in coaching right now,” Gleeson said. “I think analytics is just making decisions that are really informed. I still do things that are kinda like old ball coaches, where you draw something up in the dirt or you ride a hunch.

Having the statistical information to add to his knowledge base brings value. He likes seeing which plays are working and which ones aren’t, or what his play-calling trends are so he can avoid routines opponents could catch onto. Yet Gleeson knows there are still times when coaching with emotion and fundamentals and gut instincts are the best option.

I think utilizing this approach will help Oklahoma State have an adaptive gameplan on the fly, something we’ve haven’t seen at times in recent years. As awesome as this is, I’d get used to the idea that Sean Gleeson is going to be a head coach in a few years.

RB Micah Cooper earned his playing time

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know anything about Micah Cooper before he stepped on the field at the end of the game on Friday. But, Mike Gundy, and his son Gage, saw all his hard work in the offseason. For Cooper, its translated into getting playing time. He’s just another great example of the Cowboy Culture getting instilled in players.

Vote for John Smith

OSU wrestling coach John Smith is a finalist for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame. Today is the final day to cast your vote to help him get in the hall. To vote, go here.

Colin Simpson named Pioneer League postseason All Star

Yep, another Tank update. But, I’m the baseball guy and I get to choose what I put in here.

With five games remaining, Colin Simpson received recognition as a postseason All Star for the Pioneer League. He’s slashed .303/.372/.672, good for a 1.044 OPS. He also hit 18 homers and drove in 48 runs. The Pioneer League is very hitter-friendly, and Simpson took full advantage of it. Next year, it’s likely that he will head to Asheville, NC and playing for the Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League.

Around the Big 12

Overreact to Week 1 with Phillip Slavin on the Ten12 Podcast

College Gameday headed to Austin, Longhorns are 4 point underdogs

4 Star forward Jalen Bridges commits to West Virginia

Former TCU WR Josh Doctson signs with the Vikings

Around the Sports World

Ezekiel Elliott coming back to Dallas from Cabo

Oh boy, Texas A&M lineman guarantees upset @ Clemson

Unfair curveball (Pitching Ninja GIF)

I forgot to add a Pitching Ninja GIF yesterday, so here’s another

Song of the Day

Really got it- Jerreau