At a rebuilding job, odds are good that you're also inheriting iffy recruiting, aging facilities, and 20-year-olds with shaken confidence.
BLUEPRINT FOR A REBUILD
SB Nation's Bill Connelly takes a look at some of coaches around the nation, and where they are in the rebuilding process of their program, including the Big 12's own Bob Stoops and BIll Snyder
"Since entering the Big 12, both the Mountaineers and Horned Frogs have failed to carry the weight everyone expected them to. And while Texas A&M and Missouri have gone on to succeed in the SEC, TCU and West Virginia have faltered in the Big 12, further damaging -- instead of salvaging -- the reputation of the conference in the post-conference realignment era. "
Jake Trotter, with ESPN, wrote a fantastic article about the Big 12 conference's problem children. West Virginia and TCU showed a lot of promise coming into the league, but both have fallen on their face. I recommend the read.
One time starter at Oklahoma State, Wes Lunt has been named the starting QB for the Fighting Illini. Lunt transfered from OSU after a grotesque knee injury sidelined him; opening up a three way QB competition between Lunt, J.W. Walsh, and Clint Chelf.
Lunt sat on the bench at Illinois last season to satisfy NCAA tranfer rules, but it looks like he's now ready to take the reins. Ironically and hind sight being 20/20, there's a good chance Lunt would have earned the starting role in Stillwater last season, and would be the front runner for this year as well.
So BP apparently negotiated hard with JJ for student tickets to the Cowboys Classic. Jerry wanted $29.95. Boone talked him out of $9.95.
Now it's your turn, students.
You will need an ESPN Insider account to read the whole thing, but let's just say Phil isn't buying the Cowboys in 2014, and he makes the usual case about lost contributors. He definitely doesn't mince words and predicts a 7-5 finish for OSU.
The media caught up with Kevin Peterson outisde of Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday.
Kevin was asked about the importance of everyone on the team keeping each other focused.
"You don't want to ruin your whole career on one night just going out and having fun." Kevin said. "You don't want to go out and get on the news and do something stupid."
He also spoke about James Washington and Chris Lacy, and how the young receivers have impressed him over fall camp. He's happy with the way the secondary is gelling together as well.
Oklahoma State Basketball Head Coach Travis Ford talks with the Tulsa World about the upcoming season.
Travis Ford recognizes that expectations are low, considering this year's squad looks to have a decent amount of talent on the court. Although, I'm not sure the low expectations has much to do with the talent in Stillwater.
"These players expect to win and expect to play on a high level," he said. "Confidence builds success, and success brings more success. Our players have been around and have been in the locker room and bowl games and what not. Some of the guys haven't played at this level, but they were around teams that expected to win. I don't think there's any question that that helps."
USA Today: Oklahoma State hopes to reload
When Gundy took over in 2005, little was expected of the Cowboys, especially during rebuilding years. Now, the Cowboys are still considered dangerous by many experts, despite returning just six starters on offense and four on defense from a team that went 10-3 and lost in the Cotton Bowl.
The new desktop wallpapers for the 2014 football season are out. Good thing I don't have to choose just one, since computers can rotate through multiple wallpapers now! Go Pokes!
2011: This was one of the few years that the committee could have just ordered some pizzas, put their feet up, and mailed in their top four. LSU, which was the only undefeated team left in the country after beating Georgia convincingly to win the SEC title, would have been an easy No. 1. With wins over eight ranked opponents, including Alabama, there should be no doubting the Tigers' strength of schedule. The computer and the eye test also agreed on Alabama, as its lone loss was in overtime to LSU, and Oklahoma State, which won the Big 12 championship by drubbing a ranked Oklahoma team. USC's postseason ban would have made the decision even easier, along with the head-to-head result that Stanford won -- at USC -- albeit in three overtimes. Boise State was the only other one-loss team the committee might consider, but the Broncos lost at home to an unranked TCU team.