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High Noon Highlights (8/19): Rattay having positive impact

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Tim Rattay’s impact on the QB room:

As practices get underway we’re finding out more and more about this 2020 Cowboys team. That includes new quarterback coach Tim Rattay. It looks like he is going to be a good influence on Spencer Sanders.

When last year’s quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Sean Gleason left for Rutgers, head coach Mike Gundy promoted Dunn to coordinator and hired Tim Rattay, who had been with Washington in the NFL. Rattay, a talented quarterback in college and in nine NFL seasons, was brought in to teach and develop. Rattay said he was looking to help Sanders see the field better, make better decisions, and overall become more comfortable.

“I feel like it is pretty good,” Sanders said about his relationship with Rattay. “I feel like we have a really close connection and he has taught me a lot of things.”

Back in the spring, Rattay was able to prep both Sanders and incoming freshman Shane Illingworth, who was a mid-year enrollee at Oklahoma State, for the start of spring practice. Then after just three days of practice it was over. Spring break started but with the COVID-19 pandemic the quarterbacks, including Sanders, didn’t return until early June. {Pokes Report}

Tylan Wallace has unfinished business:

Check out this awesome hype video. And get ready for the comeback.

Daniel Cormier has proven himself:

The Undefeated did a fantastic feature on former Oklahoma State wrestler Daniel Cormier and his career in the UFC and his recent retirement.

Cormier started his MMA career when he was 30 years old, already a middle-aged man in the sport. The former Olympian had publicly lamented his failures at the 2008 Games, where he squandered an opportunity with a bad weight cut. Years earlier, he’d lost a daughter in a car accident. He’d been divorced.

He cried when he lost to Jones, his nemesis, in their second fight. He’s also demonstrated an outgoing and vibrant personality that’s fueled his career in TV.

Sure, he’d come to the UFC to win titles and support his family. But Cormier never ran from his personal challenges, either. He talked about them. He embraced them. {Undefeated}

Around the Big 12:

Baylor gets non-con opponent

Tech gets new WBB coach

Frogs transfer immediately eligible