Errol Tobias: a black Bok in a white team

first_img3 July 2003Long before South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, Errol Tobias sealed his place in South African rugby history by becoming the first black player to start a Test match for the Springboks, when he faced Ireland at Newlands on 30 May 1981. He was 31 at the time.Ten years before that, Tobias had experienced international rugby in Britain with the Proteas, a side affiliated to the South African Rugby Football Federation, one of four rugby associations in South Africa at the time. In 1979 he made a big impact when he again toured Britain, starring in the South African Barbarians team.Two years later, Tobias’ break and selection to the Springboks happened when centre Willie du Plessis was injured.Opposition to Tobias’ inclusionIt wasn’t an easy break to deal with. There was opposition to Tobias’ inclusion from both black and white communities. Some within his own community in Caledon felt he should not play as long as apartheid policies existed, while many white people who supported apartheid wanted Tobias excluded.Remembering that time, Tobias said: “We had no say in politics. We didn’t even have a vote, so all I knew at that stage was to play rugby. My goal was to show the country and the rest of the world that we had black players who were equally as good, if not better, than the whites, and that if you are good enough you should play.”Tobias turned out in both Tests against the touring Irish, with South Africa winning 23-15 at Newlands and 12-10 in Durban. In that same year, Tobias was selected for the Springbok tour of New Zealand, but found himself out of favour and restricted to appearances in the midweek side.England thrashedHe had to wait some time for his next Test cap, which came in 1984 against England in South Africa. With Tobias pulling the strings at flyhalf, the Springboks handed the English two big losses, 33-15 in Port Elizabeth and 35-9 in Johannesburg.Later that year Tobias played his final two Tests for the Boks, and was again on the winning side. Facing South America, the Springboks triumphed 22-13 in Cape Town and 32-15 in Pretoria – meaning Tobias never played in a losing South African side in a Test match.What was perhaps more significant in the series against the South Americans was that Western Province centre Avril Williams became the second player of colour to win a Springbok cap. Thanks to Tobias, who had paved the way, the long road to the integration of rugby had begun.RetirementTobias retired in 1984 at the age of 34, having played 15 times for the Springboks, including in six Tests. He scored 22 points in those Tests, from one try, four penalties and three conversions.Kicking, though, was not what his game was about. He was a running flyhalf, a strong man, with an eye for the gap and also with the skills to set up the players around him.With a gifted backline lined up outside of him – including great players like Danie Gerber and Carel du Plessis – Tobias excelled at orchestrating flowing movements that tore the opposition to shreds. In the four matches that he played at flyhalf, South Africa scored 122 points, running in 18 tries, 12 of them by backline players.Still involvedSince retiring from the game, Tobias has continued to be involved in rugby, coaching his home club, Caledon, and also lending a hand with the provincial team, the Boland Cavaliers. A former bricklayer, he now runs also his own construction company. He also does rugby commentary for the SuperSport channel.Although he played only six Tests, Errol Tobias opened the eyes of many South African rugby fans, who had previously not known what talent lay hidden in the ranks of the players of colour. More importantly, he paved the way for future Springboks from those ranks.Had he started his international career at a younger age, in a different time, Tobias might well have won many more Springbok caps. He is rightly regarded as a legend of South African rugby.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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The JSE All Share index loses steam to head south

first_imgLocal marketsThe JSE All Share index closed down 0.97% as losses in all the indices flagged ongoing globals concerns. Widespread local power outages added to these woes. Industrials were down 1.13%.At the 5pm close a USD bought R12.06, the British pound changed for R18.01 and the euro traded for R13.00. Gold was trading at USD 1205.99 per oz and Brent crude rose to USD 64.43 per barrel. International marketsIn Asia today the Shanghai index closed at a 7 year high, up 2.20% followed by a rise of 0.51% in the Hang Seng. The Nikkei was down 1.17% lead south on a sell off in Sony and Yamaha stocks.European stocks were in negative territory at our close once again on concerns of Greece not making a debt repayment which lead banking stocks down. The FTSE 100 lost 0.90% the DAX retreated 2.24% and the CAC 40 slipped 1.48%After 2 hours trading the US markets had lost ground on concerns of a pending bout of short selling in Asian markets as Chinese futures tumbled after their close. The S&P 500 tracked down 1.08% the Dow Jones lost 1.46% and the Nasdaq had slid 1.46% at our close. Share price newsAmongst the best performing share today were Finbond Group Ltd (FGL) which gained 13.64% to sell at R4.00 per share after 913,716 shares were bought in 178 deals. The Pivotal Fund Ltd (PIV) rose 4.88% to sell at R21.50 per share following 105 deals which bought 1,982,288 shares.The biggest loser today was Naspers Ltd (NPN) which shrank 5.21% to sell at R1834.12 per share as 10537 deals sold 1,245,666 shares. Petmin Ltd (PET) lost 1.63% to close at R1.25 per share after 1,471,465 shares were sold in 114 deals.last_img read more

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Maroons nip Tigers on Desiderio triple; Archers escape

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ In the second game, defending champion La Salle rode the hot hands of Aljun Melecio as it turned back Far Eastern U,95-90, in their first meeting since their infamous brawl in Davao three weeks ago.Melecio waxed hot with 29 points, while Andrei Caracut and Kib Montalbo contributed 16 and 12 points, respectively, for the Archers who also got solid games from big men Abu Tratter and Prince Rivero in the absence of reigning MVP Ben Mbala.Mbala is away on international duty for Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket.The Archers came out aggressive, leading by as many as 23 points early on.While it was too close for comfort, the win was just the kind of game that Perasol liked since it achieved one of his targets when he took over the team last season.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES ‘Why even bother? UNHRC is a toothless tiger’ – Roque PLAY LIST 01:32‘Why even bother? UNHRC is a toothless tiger’ – Roque02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:18Why some freed inmates prefer to stay in jail02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The UP community may not care what happened during the game, but it generated excitement,” said Perasol.The Maroons led by as many as 11 points in the second half only for the Tigers to come roaring back in the fourth period to dispel notions that they aren’t good enough to contend this season.“A lot of people are not giving UST a chance but it can give teams a fight,” Perasol said.UP 74 – UST 73UP 74—Desiderio 17, Vito 9, Webb 7, Gomez de Liano Ju 7, Manzo 6, Gomez de Liano Ja 6, Ouattara 4, Lim 4, Prado 4, Dario 4, Lao 4, Romero 2, Harris 0.UST 73—Lee 20, Akomo 15, Sta. Ana 11, Soriano 8, Huang 6, Garcia 5, Faundo 4, Arana 2, De Guzman 2, Basibas 0, Caunan 0, Kwawukumey 0, Macasaet 0, Romero 0.Quarters: 18-19, 42-33, 57-57, 74-73LA SALLE 95 – FEU 90DLSU 95—Melecio 29, Caracut 16, Montalbo 12, Tratter 11, Santillan 9, Ricci Rivero 7, Baltazar 4, Go 3, Prince Rivero 2, Paraiso 2, Capacio 0.FEU 90—Dennison 21, Comboy 13, Orizu 12, Tuffin 10, Cani 7, Tolentino 7, Parker 7, Iñigo 5, Escoto 5, Trinidad 3, Nunag 0, Ebona 0, Bienes 0.Quarters: 29-11, 47-32, 73-54, 95-90Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Menor’s record win Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Finding his team trailing by two points after being in control for most of the game, Paul Desiderio’s voice resonated during University of the Philippines’ huddle with five seconds remaining.“Atin na ‘to, pasok to (This game is ours, I’m making the shot),” the swingman told his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Desiderio made good on his promise, hitting a fallaway triple off a well-designed inbound play as the Fighting Maroons eked out a 74-73 victory over a gritty University of Santo Tomas squad in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.“During our last timeout, he called it,” said Perasol of his prized guard, who made just one of his 10 triples before the game winner. “He told me ‘coach, we will win, I’m making the shot’ because our instruction was if you’re open at the three-point area, take it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDesiderio’s shot with 1.4 ticks left capped a wild finish where both teams bungled possessions.“I was taking so many shots,” said the Cebuano guard, who made just six of his 20 shots. “Why would I shy away from taking the last shot?”last_img read more

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Film Study: What Makes KSU’s Run Game Unique

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. The Oklahoma State Cowboys will have their hands full this Saturday against one of the best ground attacks in the Big 12. The Kansas State Wildcats, who are averaging almost five yards a carry, beat teams by keeping the ball on the ground and controlling the clock. Plenty of teams do that. But what makes them unique is how they do it.Kansas State has always had an adept run game. Everything for their offense sets up in between the tackles. They frequently get eight and 10 yard gains on the ground just by running the ball on simple plays like this.izOr this.wcwhamThey will also frequently add downfield route attachments, creating their infamous “pop” play.popBut what makes them truly unique is not the plays that they run. Rather, it’s how they run them. As opposed to another run-first team like Stanford, which packs everyone on the line to create more gaps, Kansas State just increases their lineman’s spacing to make their pre-existing gaps bigger.Look at these graphics below and notice the varying splits of the offensive line. There are two huge gaps, wider than the size of an average offensive lineman, on both sides of the center.ksugapThey run this quite frequently, not only in their wildcat package (above) but in their standard offense.ksugap2These huge gaps open up holes in the run game. If linebackers try and shoot the gaps, they give up their own gaps and leave defense vulnerable to both the outside run game and the pass game over the middle.If the defensive line doesn’t adjust, they allow the offensive line to outflank them, which the offense can take advantage of with outside runs.While it may not look like it at first glance, Kansas State does a lot of interesting things in their run game. If OSU wants to win in Manhattan this Saturday, they’re going to have to shut down the Wildcats’ ground attack, and that is no small feat.How do you think the KSU run game will fare against the OSU front? Leave your opinions below in the comments!last_img read more

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Vincent Taylor Could Win Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year

first_imgVincent Taylor has been Oklahoma State’s most important defensive player so far this year. The numbers are stunning for a defensive lineman.36 tackles3 blocked kicks2 forced fumbles9.5 tackles for loss5.5 sacksAnd all of this from the defensive tackle position! Look at these lists. He’s the only one at the top along with Aaron Curry of TCU that plays defensive tackle and not defensive end or linebacker.screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-49-48-am screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-49-22-am“He might win defensive player of the year,” said Carson Cunningham on our podcast on Monday. “This guy has become of one of the great defensive tackles OSU has ever had. That’s not hyperbole at all. He’s been sensational. When you look up and down the Big 12, who’s going to beat him out for Defensive Player of the Year?” Mike Gundy agreed.“He’s up there with being as good as any player we’ve had on the defensive side of the ball for us,” said Gundy. “He’s come a long way and made great strides in the last six months. He’s another guy that, a year from now, can really position himself to make some good money and have the opportunity to play this game for another six or seven years just seeing the strides he’s made over the last six months.”[email protected] on #okstate DT Vincent Taylor: “He’s up there with being as good as any player we’ve had on the defensive side of the ball.” pic.twitter.com/XAYD2YugiW— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 15, 2016Only two DTs have won Big 12 DPOY in the last seven years — Ndamukong Suh in 2009 and Andrew Billings last year. But Taylor is positioning himself nicely. There are certainly bigger names — Malik Jefferson and Jordan Willis come to mind — but I’m not sure there has been a player on the defensive line who has had more of an impact on his team’s season than Taylor.Rasul Douglas of West Virginia could stake that claim with a league-leading six picks on the conference’s best defense. Maybe one of the TCU DEs based on sacks depending on how they finish. But Taylor is certainly up there. And his defense has been pretty solid throughout the year.If he has a big Bedlam game and OSU wins the Big 12, he could end up with OSU’s first-ever outright Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award (Emmanuel Ogbah shared it last year with Billings). 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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Mike Gundy on Baylor Rumors: Players Don’t Give it a Second Thought

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. After a whirlwind of rumors that surrounded his coaching future earlier this week, Mike Gundy announced himself as “fully committed to Oklahoma State” during the Alamo Bowl introductory press conference in San Antonio Thursday.On Friday, members of the local media caught up with the twelfth-year head coach in his office in Stillwater.Gundy was asked if he ever addressed the situation with the team.“No, you know that’s interesting. I talked about this a little bit down in San Antonio. They know me really well and they know that if there is ever anything that they need, information, that I’m going to give it to them first. And they have never come to me about any of those situations or things that they hear, just from the relationship that I have with them. So, I don’t really see the need to address it and I don’t think they give it a second thought to be honest with you.”Whether or not the players gave it a second thought or not, it seems like Gundy will remain in Stillwater for at least the near future. That’s an important message to send as the coaching staff wraps up a big week of recruiting.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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Look: Brandon Weeden’s OSU-Themed Golf Clubs

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. Former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden may not be teeing it up in Augusta this weekend but wherever he does, he’ll be playing in style.Whether he’s watching the Masters from Houston or back in Oklahoma, I’ll bet he gets a living-room practice swing or two in with these beauties.last_img read more

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Olsen, Dike Awarded Student-Athlete of the Year at Oklahoma State

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. Oklahoma State held its annual student-athlete awards banquet this week, and Zach Olsen (golf) and Courtney Dike (women’s soccer) walked away with the Student-Athlete of the Year awards.According to OSU, “The award is presented to a male and female student-athlete who has been exemplary in the classroom, in the community and on the court or field of play.”Olsen has top 10 finishes in his last three starts and recently helped OSU win The Maxwell as they hurtle towards the Big 12 Championship. Dike started all 21 games for the Cowgirl soccer team last fall and led the squad with 10 goals and seven assists.This school year saw 200 student-athletes named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for achieving a 3.5 GPA or better.Cowboys Earn Academic Honors #okstate #golfschool https://t.co/Q1OHB6UVZh pic.twitter.com/RJjqoembAq— Oklahoma State Golf (@OSUCowboyGolf) April 19, 2017 Congrats to all our award winners at #okstate Academic Awards Banquet & big ups to @CourtneyDike, OSU’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year! pic.twitter.com/0qpCNRLWhJ— Cowgirl Soccer (@CowgirlFC) April 18, 2017last_img read more

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Dez Bryant No. 60 on NFL Top 100 List

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was named the No. 60 player in the NFL for the 2017 season by the NFL Network’s Top 100 show on Monday. Since coming into the league in 2010, Bryant has made the Top 100 list a total of five [email protected] has the most receiving TDs in NFL since 2011 (61)#NFLTop100 pic.twitter.com/hgt6KBA5Xw— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 23, 2017Although he dropped slightly from last year’s ranking of No. 51, Bryant is also the only Oklahoma State representative on the Top 100 list.Bryant is one of five wide receivers named on the list thus far, with the Raiders’ Amari Cooper the only receiver ahead of him. Watch the clip of Bryant’s ranking here: 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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