Lady Bulldogs Tamed By Lady Tigers

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs were defeated by the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers at Hidden Valley Golf Course by a score of 207 to 220.Emma Weiler was medalist with a score of 39. Bulldogs Scoring-Tori Harpring 57. Chloe Murphy 61. Madelyn Pohlman 63.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img

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Shane Shields has withdrawn his name from permanent Wellington City Manager job search

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Shane Shields, the interim Wellington City Manager, has withdrawn his application to become the new permanent city manager.Shields said he submitted a letter to the city council on July 29 stating he is withdrawing his name from consideration.Shane Shields“It was for a number of contributing factors,” Shields said.He said he would not elaborate what those factors were.Shields, who is the Wellington City Clerk, was hired to replace Wellington City Manager Gus Collins on an interim basis at the start of June. He is currently serving in both capacities until a permanent city manager is hired. The Wellington City Council is currently conducting a job search for Collins replacement. Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer said there were 53 applicants. There has been no public timetable established for the eventual hiring of the manager but Stallbaumer estimated it could be in October.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -10 Vote up Vote down Reality Check · 314 weeks ago Make Bob Knight the new Wellington city manager! Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago -14 Vote up Vote down Sanity Check · 314 weeks ago Make Shelly Hansel the new city manager! 🙂 Report Reply 1 reply · active 314 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Guest · 314 weeks ago If your name is any indication, maybe you should be checked out for that recommendation! Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down whatever · 314 weeks ago Sorry to hear was really hoping he would get the job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Credence · 314 weeks ago This is unfortunate news. Personally, I feel Mr. Shields would be a great city manager especially since he is a local candidate. However, I can’t say I blame him considering the issues we have in Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down guest 1 · 314 weeks ago Probably the thought of being interviewed by a bunch of hicks and the idea of the public being involved. Need a professional committee to do the interviews and make the recommendation to the council to vote on. Wellington has plenty these types of individuals that would do a good job and would do so for the sake of Wellington. P.S. Bob Knight wouldn’t waste his time. Report Reply 1 reply · active 314 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down dissapointed · 314 weeks ago I agree with guest. Why is something so simple that makes so much common sense so difficult for our current city council to understand! Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down craig · 314 weeks ago Folks, with all due respect… Ms. Hansel does a fine job as an ambassador for Wellington’s Chamber of Commerce. She is involved in lots of community events and she’s on TV a lot, bringing things to your living room. This is good. And Ms. Hansel has already proven she has NO COMPUNCTION about spending 12 million dollars that we cannot afford to buttress our schools against an enemy invasion that will never happen. We cannot have a special-interest person like Ms. Hansel in charge of our city or our money. Think “outsider” here. Think transparency. Think integrity. No more buddy system. That’s why we have problems in the first place. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down understand · 314 weeks ago We need someone local. I’m sure Shane had his reasons, but surely someone else local has stepped up?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Election 2017: County Candidates Offer Views on Taxes, Marijuana

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MANALAPAN – It’s not election season without a few surprises from those running for office and this year’s Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders election is no different.The Democratic candidates say they are opposed to increasing taxes, even for open space acquisition, and the Republican candidates have voiced their support for medicinal marijuana programs.Democrats Brian Wilton, mayor of Lake Como, and running mate Margaret Donlon, M.D., from Ocean Township, amicably touched gloves with their Republican counterparts Patrick Impreveduto, deputy mayor of Holmdel, and Lillian G. Burry, the incumbent Freeholder director, on Oct. 24 at Monmouth County Library headquarters. The annual debate, sponsored by the Monmouth County League of Women Voters, hit upon a number of topics specific to county taxpayers.Tax IncreasesDebating tax increases is the norm for candidates in a New Jersey election. But this year there’s one slight difference – it’s the Republicans who want to increase taxes.In July, the all-Republican county government authorized a referendum question on this year’s ballot asking for an increase to the Open Space Trust Fund, a pool of taxpayer dollars used to supplement open space and farmland acquisitions. The Monmouth County Park System oversees 17,500 acres of land, and projects 20,000 acres will be needed as development increases.Currently, a Monmouth County resident with an average assessed home value of $457,893 pays $68.68 into the fund. That equates to 1.5 cents per $100 of equalized value. The trust fund collected nearly $17.4 million this year.Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry.The proposed 83 percent increase would push the rate to 2.75 cents per $100 of equalized value. The annual impact to the same average county homeowner would nearly double to $125.91 annually.And Burry is pushing for the increase.“I have long been associated with conservation, open space, and I can tell you it’s our greatest asset here in Monmouth County,” she said.About 6.5 million visitors use county parks annually and Republicans say the number could grow with more development coming.“This land is disappearing,” Burry said, “and if we don’t act now, we won’t have that opportunity in a few years.”On the other side of the aisle, Democrats believe county residents are “taxed out,” saying Monmouth County suffers from the 11th-highest taxes in the country.“People are moving,” Donlon said. “I’m wondering if we’ve reached a tax limit here in Monmouth County.”Both Democrats suggested the county push to acquire state funding instead of asking more from residents.On the other hand, all four candidates praised the 2 percent cap on property tax and public employee salary increases signed into state law in 2010. The cap’s life expectancy sunsets on Dec. 31 and both the Republicans and Democrats want the state legislature to renew the program.Lake Como Mayor Brian Wilton“The cap was effective,” said Wilton, who noted it benefitted Lake Como, a borough with about 1,700 residents. “I believe there was a place for it. It helps keep the costs down.”Impreveduto doubled down, saying the state should also look at lowering mandatory fixed costs from electric and gas service.“Fortunately, we have this 2 percent cap to keep salaries in check,” he said. “Can you imagine if we didn’t have that and the fixed costs kept going up? What would happen to our residents, tax-wise?”Marijuana LegalizationThe future of marijuana usage in New Jersey will decidedly come down to who the next governor will be: Democratic candidate Philip Murphy or Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Murphy has pledged to legalize marijuana in short order if elected and Guadagno has stated she is in favor of decriminalization and expanding medical marijuana programs.On the county level, elected officials have little say in how that decision would play out, but did offer their views.Wilton, a lawyer and prosecutor, said he is in favor of legalization. His experiences in courtrooms have affirmed that.“We have a difficult time prosecuting the offense of under 50 grams that are handled at the municipal court,” he said, adding that “we’re pulling officers off the road to make arrests for small amounts of marijuana.”Donlon said, as a physician, she is in favor of expanding medical marijuana and decriminalization. On the legalization front, she was a bit more hesitant, saying she would only support it if the state set “a legal age of anything above 26 years old and really look at the cost benefit analysis.”Republicans were more cautious about marijuana legalization, although both Burry and Impreveduto said they are in favor of medical marijuana programs.“You’ve heard about the opioid epidemic we’re having here in Monmouth County,” Burry said. “Why complicate things even more with marijuana made available to some of our young people?”Impreveduto referenced states around the country which have gone the route of legalization.“Look at Colorado,” he added. “Tell me how that’s working for them. Crime is up, homelessness is up, the state is becoming a disaster.”Sanctuary StatusTalk by President Donald Trump of stripping federal funding from areas exercising Sanctuary City, County and State status has reinvigorated the immigration conversation. In New Jersey, that’s no different.While no local towns have sanctuary status, candidates disagreed upon how Monmouth County is involved, as well as how immigration authorities do their job.Impreveduto said he is against a Sanctuary County and State, and said he supported and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agreements with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.Holmdel Deputy Mayor Patrick ImprevedutoBut Impreveduto, with a career background in education, said he’s in favor of the federal program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).“DACA is different,” he said, “and I would look to support our children.”Burry said allowing sanctuary status “flies in the face of our laws and the need to respect our law enforcement people.”Democrats Donlon and Wilton believe law enforcement should stay out of homes and refrain from any mass-deportation activity.Donlon said police “should focus on what their job is and focus on criminals, no matter where they came from and no matter their immigration status.”“I don’t want to further politicize the issue, but I want to focus on the important thing, which is how we want to protect and keep our communities safe,” she added.Margaret Donlon, Ocean TownshipIn AgreementWhile in contrast on a number of issues, candidates from both parties did find common ground on work currently underway in the county. Each nominee praised the progress at the Fort Monmouth site redevelopment, through the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA).Burry, who sits on the FMERA board, said since the fort was ordered closed in 2005, 3,000 new jobs have been created on the former base’s grounds. Housing developments, schools, businesses and veterans facilities are some of the new activity underway“I think it’s something, in the end, we can be very proud of as to how it will evolve,” said Burry.Wilton said although a second Amazon headquarters might not be heading to Fort Monmouth, he still would like to see FMERA push for smaller, up-and-coming companies to find space at Fort Monmouth. He said the area “has the potential to be a jewel for us.”Candidates from both parties also stressed the importance of using shared services within the county. Impreveduto said Holmdel just finished its largest road improvement project thanks to working with county officials on fixing tens of roads. As mayor, Wilton said he was able to outsource Lake Como’s police service to Belmar in an effort to cut costs.This article was first published in the Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

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What Happened to Lofa Road Pavement Plans?

first_imgA prominent citizen and professional civil servant of Lofa County has asked a startling question and wants to know what happened to the pavement plans of the Lofa County highway.Senior citizens, business entities, farmers, aid agencies and residents of Lofa County have made urgent appeals to the Liberian Government and the Kingdom of Kuwait to start the Lofa road pavement project.Mr. Joseph H. Farkollie, Sr. claims that almost everything seems mute regarding the feasibility studies conducted by the Liberian Government and supported by the Kingdom of Kuwait.He contends that Lofa County being for years the bread basket of the country, the pavement of the highway should be given urgent and serious priority in order to stimulate agriculture and boost economic development in Liberia.The Liberian accountant and human resource manager also indicated that considering Lofa County’s huge population and its great agricultural potential, pavement of the highway cannot be over emphasized.The former Manager for Operations of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) intimated that in the early 1980s, Lofa’s cocoa and coffee farmers topped the nation’s produce sector.“Such an accomplishment came as a result of the meticulous commitment of Lofa County’s farmers during that period which contributed considerably to the development, growth and progress of the Liberian economy,” Mr. Farkollie asserted.He also pointed out that Liberia could return to and surpass that level of productivity if urgent consideration could be placed on the national agenda for the complete pavement of the Lofa highway in rural Liberia.“Year in and year out, the Lofa highway has continued to be in deplorable condition perpetually impeding the free movement of food and other goods and services that are  critical to business interactions,” Mr. Farkollie lamented.The former LPMC’s senior branch accountant assigned to the entity’s Voinjama station in the 1980s indicated that if any investors are contemplating tapping into the resources of Lofa, the full pavement of the highway must be a top priority.“Besides paving the highway, GOL should consider upgrading the educational institutions and providing better quality health services for the residents and citizens of Lofa County,” Mr. Farkollie stressed.He further underscored the need for serious consideration by would be investors to the rehabilitation of the many feeder roads that highly impact agricultural activity especially the farming of needed produce for the urban markets.Asked about Lofa’s population in terms of socio-economic growth, Farkollie says that the county’s population growth, especially given political considerations, should be placed on the national agenda as one of the key factors by the Liberian Government.For countless decades, he said, Lofa County has endured too many hardships relating to deplorable road conditions and other socio-economic hardships.The former LMPC official sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government and support partners associated with the Lofa road project to consider the plight of the citizens and residents of that agriculturally driven county.“Our appeals as major stakeholders in the socio-economic viability of the nation are on the basis of economic growth, political expediency and progress,” Mr. Farkollie concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Half-time: Huddersfield 0 Brentford 0

first_imgBrentford weathered an early storm to go in at half-time level at the John Smith’s Stadium.Huddersfield started brightly, with former Wolves winger Rajiv van la Parra a regular threat.He fired straight at Brentford’s debutant keeper Dan Bentley early on and also shot over the bar three times.Joe Lolley also dragged an effort past the far post as Huddersfield showed a big improvement on the 5-1 home defeat by the Bees on the final day of last season.Brentford tightened up as the half wore on – Scott Hogan had their only real chance after a pass from Lewis Macleod, but Danny Ward made a save.Bentley, one of four summer signings in the Bees’ starting line-up, denied Lolley and held Jack Payne’s effort to keep his side level.Huddersfield: Ward; Lowe, Hudson, Schindler, Smith; Mooy, Hogg; Van La Parra, Payne, Lolley; Kachunga.Subs: Coleman, Cranie, Paurevic, Hefele, Stankovic, Palmer, Scannell.Brentford: Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Dean, Elder; McEachran, Woods; Sawyers, Kerschbaumer, Macleod; Hogan.Subs from: Bonham, Yennaris, Field, Holldack, McCormack, Saunders, Hofmann.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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How do the Warriors compensate for their injured All-Stars?

first_imgOAKLAND – The joy spread across Stephen Curry’s face as he hoisted shots into the basket.During a post-practice shooting workout, Curry swished countless 3-pointers around the perimeter. He then played hackey-sack with NBA Hall-of-Famer and Warriors consultant Steve Nash before making more shots.Those signs made the Warriors feel encouraged about Curry’s progress since missing the past six games with a strained left groin. But it must have frustrated the Warriors, too. Curry will sit out …last_img read more

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Northern knockout artist ‘Wonder Boy’ stakes unbeaten slate vs Thai foe

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dubbed “Wonder Boy” by his followers, Martin holds an unblemished 12-0 record, 11 ending via knockout.Martin’s last fight was held Feb. 16 at SM Skydome, where he stopped Wannawong’s compatriot, Petchorchae Kokietgym, inside three rounds in his Manila ring debut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I had many mistakes in thet fight that I want to correct in this next bout,” said Martin who is trained by his father Abel, in Filipino.While Wannawong, who is taller than Martin by four inches, has nine losses in his 18-fight record, he is still a dangerous foe as he has tallied eight stoppages in nine victories. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Korean ace, Ong lead winners of summer camp tournament Ifugao boxing prospect Carl Jammes Martin will be making his second televised bout Sunday night at the TV5 Studios in Novaliches, Quezon City.The 20-year-old Martin will battle Yuttichai Wannawong of Thailand in a 10-round nontitle fight, his second bout in Manila after campaigning mostly up north.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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When It Comes To OSU and Recruiting, What are Mike Gundy’s Goals?

first_imgI recently collected data on recruiting rankings going all the way back to 2005, Mike Gundy’s first year in Stillwater. We rolled out a few interesting things I found and think about what OSU’s position in the recruiting world will be going forward. Hope you’ve enjoyed them. This will (probably) be the last piece.Let’s be clear about something — Mike Gundy is succeeding at Oklahoma State. That is undeniable. I am 100 percent in the Mike Gundy camp when it comes to college football coaching. In fact, I think he’s probably underrated by a majority of Oklahoma State fans. He’s an amazing coach. The Eddie Sutton of OSU football. On the Mount Rushmore of OSU sports.OSU has been awesome since he took over. I mean awesome.Better than Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Missouri, Arkansas, UCLA and Miami. Here is a look at OSU’s company since 2005 when Gundy was put in charge of OSU’s program. These are the records of schools since 2005, sorted by winning percentage.Ludicrous.So my conflict is not with whether OSU is great or Mike Gundy is an awesome coach. Both of those things are empirically and statistically true. My conflict is this: Can OSU be even better than it has been? Can it recruit better and win more and become a national powerhouse? Can it fill the void Texas has left on a national level? Can it …. become Clemson?Maybe the better question is: Does it even want to?When we discuss the future, we must always talk about the past. What are your goals? Where are you trying to go? What do you want to do? Each program has different goals of course. It would be silly for North Texas to have the same goals as Alabama. So what are OSU’s? Let’s look at three quotes. All of them are from last season.Quote 1“So a long time ago, when we started this, my goal was to put a quality team on the field so that people that loved Oklahoma State football knew every Saturday we had a chance to win.”  -Mike GundyQuote 2“Our goal each year is to get our team prepared so that when we step on the field the fans can be proud of the product that’s on the field. We’re going to play hard, we’re going to do it respectfully. It’s extremely difficult to predict wins and losses or to see how the game is going to go — any game. But our goal is to win a conference championship. We have always felt like if we can win the conference championship that would allow us an opportunity to get to the playoff.” -Mike GundyQuote 3“I think the benchmark is to win [the Big 12]. Maybe six, seven or eight years ago, to play was good, but the benchmark has changed. How you are evaluated has changed. The way this team is critiqued has changed. That just means we’ve gotten to this point. A lot of people have done great things to get to this point.” -Glenn SpencerIt is clear from these three quotes that OSU’s goals have shifted over the years. From simply putting a quality product on the field back in 2005 to winning conference championships in 2017.Spencer and Gundy both said it. There is one more step left in the evolution of a team, though, and that is to get where OU is. Where your goal is to win a national championship and a Big 12 title is just a signpost on that road.The problem? I’m not sure how you can get to space with the way things currently stand.We already looked at how recruiting wins national championships. Then we looked at how OSU isn’t necessarily interested in becoming an elite recruiting school. So it seems the program is at a crossroads here. Can you really become Clemson without recruiting like Clemson?I asked four national writers (both CFB and CFB recruiting) for their take on this. On how OSU can move incrementally to become elite at recruiting (like the teams in the graphic we looked at here). This is what they said.Travis Haney (247 Sports): I’ll be honest and say I’m not sure that Oklahoma State can consistently move into that category, mostly based on geography. Isolation is such a difficult thing to overcome — largely because it’s that much harder to get recruits on campus for unofficial visits.None of the hot Texas prospects just happen to be stopping through Stillwater is my guess. That’s not to say a dynamic staff cannot make some headway and land some higher-end targets, but I believe OSU is one of those schools that’s going to have to lean on identification and development – and some JuCos — to balance out that gap.And I’d say Gundy’s staffs have done a really nice job of that. I’m kicking around doing a story on him as the most underrated coach in the country relative to consistency and resources. So maybe this is just what the program is in terms of recruiting, unless you move it three or four hours south. It isn’t a death sentence, but it’s certainly a hurdle.Jake Trotter (ESPN): I mean, can you? How many programs have crossed that threshold over the last two decades? Oregon? Texas A&M sort of? The “big boy” programs you reference have won national titles and/or exist in incredibly fertile recruiting grounds like the states of Texas or Florida. It is almost impossible to go from a good recruiting program to an elite one.Greg Powers (Scout): Rankings classes are valued by determining quality and quantity. It is very interesting that you use the No. 14 nationally as the spot that would be ideal for a program like Oklahoma State to rise (ed. note: I asked how you move from No. 34 to, say, No. 14 in an email to Greg), because the last time it took a full allotment of recruits was in the class of 2014 (28) and it actually finished at No. 14 nationally in the Scout rankings.Since that time the highest number of recruits it has signed is 22 (2017). Over the past three classes it has signed over 34 percent of its talent from the JuCo ranks, and JuCo prospects are not valued as highly as high school prospects in the team recruiting rankings formulas. We view OSU and TCU as two of the best talent evaluating staffs in the conference and it is that ability to identify and secure that type of solid talent that has made those two programs competitive within the conference.Woody Womack (Rivals): Make the leap from good to great in recruiting is always tough for programs like Oklahoma State. It takes a combination of consistent on-field success as well as pipeline to elite talent. I think if the Cowboys were to make a few runs to the college football playoff they could parlay it into more consistently ranked classes in recruiting.There are loads of interesting nuggets, but the one about JuCo players and OSU not fully filling out its classes in a given year is maybe the most intriguing to me. Gundy is, pretty undeniably by these writers, one of the best at evaluating the right kids and building a successful culture with them.But Oklahoma State still has a long way to go as a program. We would all love to see the Cowboys string together a run of three Big 12 titles in five years or four in nine years. Something like that. OSU is closer than ever to joining a crop of nationally-relevant schools that contend at the very highest level every year. So close. You can almost taste the milk and the honey of that sweet terrain.OSU has built itself (with Mike Gundy as the chief architect) into a tremendous college football program. One that is worth being proud of and following and enjoying. And don’t misunderstand me here. Things are great right now. These really are the golden years of Oklahoma State football. I’m fine with winning a Big 12 title every five or six years. The yearly product is incredible. I’m not complaining.But success breeds the desire for more success, and opportunities to break into that circle of prosperity that reboots itself year after year don’t come around that often for schools like Oklahoma State. The opportunity to become OU is right there. And despite what you think about OU, that is a program anybody should want to become (on the field anyway).I realize that this takes time. That you don’t build Bama overnight (unless your name is Nick and you wear a straw hat to two-a-days). I realize it could take two decades or maybe three. Or maybe it’s impossible. I don’t know. What I do know is that OSU is inches away from breaking through and winning multiple conference titles and playing for national titles like the other schools we’ve talked about.And yet it still sometimes feels like they’re so far away. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Gundy Compares ’17 Cowboys To Historic 2011 Squad

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Since 2011 when the Oklahoma State football team was absolutely magical, comparisons to that time have been few to none from coach Mike Gundy, but he did it on Monday.It’s understandable why Gundy wouldn’t like to make the comparison, especially in the past few years. The ’11 Cowboys finished No. 3 in the nation, and as everyone knows, were up to No. 2 before their trip to Ames, Iowa.That team had one of the best statistical offenses in college football history. That team produced NFL pros including Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Joseph Randle and Justin Gilbert.But let’s blow your mind and show you why this year’s is the most qualified comparison yet.*Just a reminder: Mason Rudolph and James Washington returned for their senior seasons, and Justice Hill will be a sophomore in 2017.As a lot of media have recognized, OSU should be one of the best teams in college football. Gundy certainly notices the potential as well as the similarities.“We were a little more experienced then at the running back spot with Joe Randle,” Gundy said. “Justice is a good player, but obviously not as experienced as Joe. Had a group of wideouts then, and we had Blackmon, who Washington could be comparable to him either way arguably.”Hill has more than double the reps than Randle had in 2010, and Blackmon’s stats were far better than Washington’s last year. But this year’s receiver corps is likely far superior to the 2011 group.Here are the receiving stats from 2011 and 2016:Add in Marcell Ateman, Tyron Johnson, Tylan Wallace and others, let’s get real: This will be the greatest group of receivers ever at OSU.Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said all credit goes to receivers coach Kasey Dunn, who not only recruited so much skill, but also has developed it into such a cohesive, close group.“I don’t know how easy it is to have that much talent in a room but yet get those guys geared and focused on one goal,” Yurcich said.More good news is that the ’17 team might be better on defense, Gundy said.Last season’s defense will likely put the ’17 group to sleep after OSU lost Jordan Sterns, Vincent Taylor, Jordan Burton, Devante Averette, Ashton Lampkin and Motekiai Maile, but Gundy is probably right. When the Cowboys were fighting for their spot in the national title game in 2011, the only problem people had was they didn’t play very good defense.The ’11 OSU scoring defense was seventh-worst in the Big 12 at a time when the conference was known for poor defending. Last year, the Cowboys’ scoring defense finished third in a much-improved defensive conference. You have to figure production won’t fall off four spots in the conference.2011 wasn’t the best defensive year, but that group was good a forcing turnovers, Gundy said. In fact, OSU led the nation in turnover margin at 1.62 per game.“(That) allowed us to get more opportunities, and then we’d get in a track meet,” Gundy said. “And we could outscore you.”The positive about the ’17 defense is depth, particularly along the defensive line, Gundy said. There are nine defensive linemen who power clean over 315 pounds, bench more than 350 – five of which can do over 400, and nine who can squat above 450 pounds.Read that again.“I think we’re back into that role that we had where we can play a pretty solid 2-deep and keep those guys fresh,” Gundy said. “In this league, your defense gets beat up in November. We got the best basketball league in the country, but nobody knows it because they beat each other up for two months. That’s what happens to defensive guys.”They just have to find a couple of cornerbacks who can be trusted and can play immediately, he said. Throw in a punter and a quarterback who will probably be tops in the nation at their positions, and you might have something special.“We talk about that, the strategy based on our personnel is and what we think we can do in all three phases,” Gundy said. “So there are a lot of similarities.“I hope it turns out that way.”last_img read more

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Ateman’s Return Built On Devastation, Fed By Determination

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Marcell Ateman was not at practice Wednesday, and he wasn’t there last week either. He didn’t break another foot, at least nobody thinks so. He isn’t skipping. In fact, he is attending.Class, that is. Instead of running routes and learning concepts on Wednesday afternoons, he has class until 4 p.m. But that is nothing compared to what he has gone through to play in 2017.Ateman broke his foot during the summer last year before what would have been his senior season. He didn’t play in a game, and coach Mike Gundy put his unused redshirt on him to give Ateman another year of eligibility. Gundy, quarterback Mason Rudolph and receivers coach Kasey Dunn said he hasn’t been wasting it.Ateman suffered the injury this past summer during a workout with Rudolph and former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. The 6-foot-4 receiver took one bad cut, and he went down, Rudolph said; it was similar to how he broke his foot two seasons ago.Rudolph said he and Ateman are good friends. They were one recruiting class away (Ateman class of ’13, Rudolph class of ’14) from spending every year of college together. Watching from the sideline in sweatpants and a jersey with no pads underneath was “rough,” for Ateman, Rudolph said.“It’s a freak deal, but he handled it well,” Rudolph said. “He worked his butt off. He’s back in great shape, running well and catching the ball.”But he hasn’t only been working his butt off in the gym or on the field. Dunn said Ateman took advantage of not playing or being at practice by working on his education.“Most of the times, guys will go out and screw things up,” Dunn said. “Their academics will slide. For him, it was quite the opposite. He ended up getting over a 3.0 GPA.”Before the injury, Ateman was getting ready to break out for one of the best seasons by an OSU receiver in recent years, Dunn said. He said he expected Ateman to be Rudolph’s go-to guy in a group of receivers that included James Washington, Jalen McCleskey, Jhajuan Seales and Chris Lacy.“The kid busted his ass, and he was ready for 2016,” Dunn said. “For him, it was just a devastating blow, and for us, too, because I told several people I thought he might have the biggest year in our receiving core. James is a talented guy, but Marcell was killing it.”Ateman was trying not to waste one of his four years at OSU, which is something Gundy said he habitually preaches. Many try to find the easiest and fastest way out, but Gundy said his players’ opportunity is not one to be squandered even if a season-ending injury is suffered.“You’re essentially setting yourself up for the rest of your life, and (Ateman) bought into that, so he’s doing very well in the classroom,” Gundy said.Gundy said it took Ateman about a year to understand and accept the culture. He is one of 13 redshirt seniors on the Cowboys’ roster. Gundy said he has matured and become a positive influence on some of the younger guys.Dunn said that was clear by how he worked to get back. He said it would have been easy to let himself go, forget about football and move on while the horde of touted receivers behind him picked up the slack.That’s not Ateman, though, Dunn said. Not anymore.Dunn said he was surprised by that. Ateman was geared up for the 2016 season, Dunn said. He saw the work Ateman was putting in to improve on a breakout year in 2015, in which he had 766 yards and five touchdown grabs.“I’m telling you, a lot of guys could shut it down,” Dunn said. “For as hard as he worked, a lot of guys would have shut it down in that situation, and he didn’t do it. He completely flipped the switch.”Rudolph said all of this has worked out to the team’s benefit. A lot of OSU fans probably got chills when Gundy announced Ateman’s redshirt, knowing he would be part of a group that looked like this:James WashingtonTyron JohnsonJalen McCleskeyChris LacyTylan WallaceDillon StonerTyrell AlexanderObi Obialo+ Marcell Ateman“We’re all seniors together, him, myself, James, Lacy,” Rudolph said. “So God had a plan for that, I think.”That said, it’s not as easy as many have made it seem to be, Rudolph said. The Cowboys won’t start any games this coming year with points already on the board because of how talented the offense is. There won’t be any handicap for their opponents.Rudolph still has to throw passes on target; receivers still have to catch those passes, and somebody has to get into the end zone, he said. And on top of that, everyone is making sure to let Rudolph know when they’re open, even when they’re not, he said.“I’m blessed to have a great group of receivers, a great group of weapons to throw the ball to and just trying to spread it around right now,” he said. “They are a competitive group of guys. They want the ball in their hands.”Last year, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said they might start using two or three balls to make sure all the receivers are getting their touches. This year, they would probably have to use four or five, but Dunn said all the guys are fine with the usual one ball.“We’re not just gonna force feed it to 28,” he said. “We’re not just gonna force feed it to 15 or 1 or whatever. It’s just gonna be whatever’s available, and I don’t think the guys have any issue with that. It’s a really good group of kids.”That said, throwing it Ateman’s way will be easiest though. Rudolph said when a play breaks down and he knows his 6-4 receiver is matched against a 5-10 corner, he knows where he is going with the ball.And No. 3 will be ready, Dunn said. He will have had about 14 months to prepare.“You ask our DBs and they’ll tell you that he’s probably the quickest and hardest off the line vs. press coverage,” Dunn said. “You very rarely see him get jammed, so then you couple that with being 6-4, 6-5, 225 pounds and strong as hell, and it’s hard to cover him.”last_img read more

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