A Donegal community group has had the threat of legal action dropped after the Government promised to pay money owed to the contractor who carried out works.Cllr Seamus O’DomhnaillThe Doe Community Association in Creeslough was facing legal action in the High Court for non-payment for works.The works in question were the Village enhancement of Creeslough village and a grant was sanctioned by the Miinister for environment to pay for the work. The Doe Community Association were simply the conduit by which the money was to be paid to the Contractor and DLDC were the lead partners for the project.It transpired in August 2012 that the Department of Environment came to the conclusion that the works should not be funded by the department as it was outside their remit, this after the same department had sanctioned the grant and work was almost completed.This left the Community group in a position where the contractor had to chase them up for the remainder of the payment because the department reneged on their previous sanction.Cllr Seamus O Domhnaill said the matter, which was first raised on Donegal Daily, has now been resolved. “To say that the community group felt distressed and angry is an understatement yet Minister Phil Hogan would not even agree to meet with the group or indeed engage with them.“The outstancding amount was in excess of €200 K and it appeared that this Government were happy to burden this amount onto a voluntary community group in Creeslough.Cllr. O’Domhnaill commented that “I had numerous meetings with the community group, DLDC who were partners as well as Donegal County Council who also played a role in the Village Enhancement process but it was virtually impossible to make progress when the Department refused to engage with the interested parties.“A last gasp Emergency meeting which I organised in mid December allowed the Group to plead and outline their difficulties once more to the County Manager as well as to Caoimhín Mac Aoidh of DLDC. “Further negotiations were the had between Donegal County Council and the Department and a resolution was finally arrived at yesterday afternoon.”The outstanding monies will now be paid out by the Department and it is hoped that the legal proceedings being brought by the contractor will be dropped as he will finally be paid. Cllr O Domhnaill said the Doe Community association are left distressed and extremely frustrated by this whole ordeal and the good work which was carried out through out this project have totally been overshadowed with the red tape and arrogance of the Department of the Environment.O’Domhnaill concluded by stating “I have been involved with this Community Association from the very first time the idea of Village enhancement was thought of for the Village, despite all of the difficulties I am pleased to have been able to actively work with the Group to solve this ridiculous situation that could have been solved by senior Government members at a much earlier stage.“I cannot commend and praise the Community Association enough in regards to their determination and hard work and I am personally delighted that this matter has been resolved. Thanks must also be paid to Seamus Neely & Mícheal O’Heanaigh of Donegal County Council who played an active role in the resolution as well as Caoimhin Mac Aoidh of DLDC.”CREESLOUGH COMMUNITY GROUP BREATHS SIGH OF RELIEF AS COMMUNITY CASH PROMISED was last modified: February 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Seamus O DomhnaillDoe Community Association
The laser image is projected from Tafelberg Road, just below the mountain. The projection site is not open to the public. SAinfo reporter and Western Cape Government 10 December 2013 A giant laser projection of Nelson Mandela’s face is being projected onto Table Mountain in Cape Town during South Africa’s national week of mourning for the late president, who died last Thursday. The display, set up by the Western Cape provincial government, will run every night until 16 December. The lights are best viewed from 9pm, as that is when visibility is best, the province said in a statement on Monday. The projection is switched off at midnight. Table Mountain was a significant landmark for Mandela during his imprisonment on Robben Island, Western Cape Government assistant director Mushfieqah Salie said in a statement on Monday. “While the apartheid authorities tried to break the spirits of Robben Island prisoners, Madiba and his fellow freedom fighters were inspired by one of the Cape’s iconic natural wonders to resist those attempts.” At the opening of the Table Mountain National Park in 1998, Mandela said: “During the many years of incarceration on Robben Island, we often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain. “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we would one day return.”
20 May 2014 Preparations are in full swing for Jacob Zuma’s inauguration as South African President on Saturday. The event is expected to draw thousands of people, including numerous current and former heads of state, to the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. “Government has thus far received confirmations from 26 heads of state and 11 prime ministers and/or vice-presidents,” acting Government Communication and Information System CEO Phumla Williams told journalists in Pretoria on Monday. “This equates to a total of 37 heads of state and government who will attend. Also in attendance will be four former heads of state, 14 eminent persons and 118 foreign ambassadors resident in South Africa.” Regarding the budget allocation, Williams said expenditure would be less than what had been spent on previous inaugurations. Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said last week that the inauguration had been budgeted for within various government departments. “Departments have been encouraged to cut out any expenses that can be avoided, so as to be sensitive to the austerity measures applied throughout government,” Williams said. “Accountability in this regard will follow the normal accounting procedures.”Saturday’s proceeedings Williams said the government encouraged all South Africans to be part of the occasion, adding that those who could not attend would be able to follow proceedings on television and radio, or at 47 public viewing areas in the provinces. Saturday’s proceeedings will start with invited guests and members of the public arriving at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre and the Southern Lawns at the Union Buildings from as early as 8am. There will be no private vehicle access to the Union Buildings or the area immediately surrounding the venue. Instead, there will be a park-and-ride facility for members of the public at the Tshwane Events Centre, and a park-and-ride facility for invited guests and VIPs at Rietondale Park on Soutpansberg Road. People living in the vicinity of the Union Buildings and the Bryntirion area will be asked to present their municipal accounts at traffic control points. “Even though the event is taking place on a weekend, Tshwane Metro Police will enforce the road closures and motorists are kindly requested to adhere to the arrangements made for this day,” Williams said. Members of the public attending the event are advised that no alcohol, drugs, firearms, weapons, bottles or cans will be allowed. Source: SAnews.gov.za
BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Toni Rose Basas of Far Eastern U sends the ball past Bernadette Flora during their semifinal duel on Monday. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFar Eastern University overcame a gritty Adamson side, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, to barge into the finals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tamaraws will take on Jaja Santiago and the National U Lady Bulldogs in the best-of-three finals starting Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Bernadeth Pons, back after a UAAP beach volleyball stint, fired 15 points—including 12 kills—to lead the Lady Tamaraws’ 2-1 semifinal conquest of the Lady Falcons.Adamson labored though five sets to take the Final Four opener, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-8, but FEU equalized with a 21-25, 27-25, 25-20,FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout23-25, 15-11 Game 2 triumph.In the men’s division, Marck Espejo returned to action to power Ateneo past University of Santo Tomas, 22-25, 25-22, 31-29, 25-13, and seal a title clash with FEU. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients PSC backs creation of unified collegiate sports body It will be the third straight championship stint in this conference for the back-to-back defending champion Eagles.Espejo, who rammed in 23 hits, missed Game 2 on Saturday when the Tigers won,25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, as he likewise suited up in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament.The Eagles struggled in the early going, yielding the opening frame before imposing their power in the next three.“First of all, I thank the Lord for the strength, power and the guidance,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “Marck and Karl played beach volleyball but still they managed to show their leadership.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View comments
Alvin Pasaol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHigh-scoring and fun-loving.Those were some of words University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren used to describe his star scorer Alvin Pasaol.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients And on the heels of his 49-point game and 81-point week, the veteran mentor couldn’t help but compare his 6-foot-3 swingman to a star he handled many moons ago.“He is like Vergel,” said Pumaren, referring to Jose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses. “Vergel he loves to have fun, but when it’s time to play, when it’s business, then he goes down to work. That’s his attitude, and that’s the same with Alvin.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPumaren had the privilege to coach Meneses in the pro league with the now-defunct Sunkist. They won two PBA championships and nearly a Grand Slam as the man they called “The Aerial Voyager” became the 1995 PBA Most Valuable Player.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThough their partnership was considerably short, what stood out the most for Pumaren was Meneses’ joyous attitude, which is also something that he sees in Pasaol. Read Next “Alvin likes to joke and always laughs. When I talk and run plays, you could look at him and think that he’s not listening. Vergel is just like that too. But when we run it, he knows the plays,” he said.Pumaren also said that Pasaol may look like laid back to some, but he commands respect from his fellow Red Warriors.“He’s happy-go-lucky, but he’s the leader of the team. That is what I projected from him when I recruited him in Davao. I knew that he’s gonna be a star in the UAAP and he has shown it this season,” he said.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMeneses, though, was on the defensive when brought up the comparison, quipping, “I’m not that fat.”But turning serious, the three-time PBA champion said that being “fun loving” is just the way he wanted the game to be played back in his heyday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There are type of players who seem like they just want to enjoy the game. That’s how I am. I just enjoy the game. If I’m not enjoying it, when I’m not smiling, I’ll do just 20 points. But when I enjoy the game, the opponents are dead,” the PBA great said.Though Meneses admitted that he only saw part of Pasaol’s game, he could understand Pumaren’s analogy.“He’s so relaxed but he’s gonna kill you. It’s almost the same to my game. What coach Derrick said was true. If he’s slimmer, he may be scoring 80 in a game,” he said.“Of course, coach Derrick knows me. So for him to compare me, I can be a model for the boy. Whatever I’ve achieved when I was still playing, he could follow my footsteps and I become an inspiration for him.”Amid the fanfare, Pumaren’s hopes that not only Pasaol sustains his hot streak, but also for the Red Warriors to make a late run to the Final Four in the second round.“When you’re in a zone, you feel that everything is gonna go right for him. Hopefully, he’ll continue to have that follow up, but he has to maintain that level that it’s not over yet, that he’s not just a two-game sensation and then in the next seven games, he’ll be non-existent.”Beyond UAAP Season 80, Pumaren has grander aspirations for his superb scorer.“Hopefully, I can also produce another MVP in the PBA,” he said. With new coach beside him, Soriano confident ahead of ONE fight View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
Ed. note: OKC Dave did great work putting together his survey for the 2016 football season last fall. Today we’re going to take a look back at how we all voted vs. how the season actually played out.Thanks to Zac Pogue (@Pogalo) for the prompt to take a look back at how the survey results compared to OSU’s 2016 football season. Let’s dive in.Number of winsFans predicted 8.5 regular season wins. The Cowboys won 9, or 10 if a) the officials know the rules or b) James Washington runs a route. In the nine years I’ve done the survey, this is the 6th time the team has outperformed the survey.Easiest/Toughest GamesFans said the toughest games were OU (36% chance of winning), TCU (49%), and Baylor (59%). OSU went 1-2 in these games. Fans said the easiest games were SE Louisiana (97%), Kansas (92%), and Central Michigan (92%). OSU went 2-1* in these games.Poll FinishFans predicted OSU would finish 13th in the final polls. OSU finished 11th in both polls. This is the closest fans have come to predicting the outcome in the five years I’ve asked this question.Offensive/Defensive Improvement92% of fans said OSU’s offense would be better than 2015’s team. I don’t think anyone would argue otherwise. OSU finished higher offensively in the FEI and S&P+ system, scored more points per drive, and could actually gain yards on the ground.Only 32% of fans said OSU’s defense would be better than the 2015 unit. The results are mixed. The defense was slightly better in FEI and points per drive, but slightly worse in S&P+. The improved offense and Zach Sinor put the defense in better position to succeed, and they did — some of the time.I think the fans were correct in their assessment – the most popular option chosen in this question was selected by 46% of fans: the defense would be about the same as last year.Big 12 PredictionsFans said K-State (26%), OSU (20%), and Texas (16%) would do better than expected. Kansas State was picked 8th in the pre-season media poll and finished 6-3 in conference play (4th). OSU was picked 3rd and finished 2nd. Texas was picked 5th and finished 6th. Fans missed out on West Virginia, who was picked 7th and finished 3rd.Fans thought Baylor (34%) and Texas (21%) would underperform expectations, and both did. Baylor was picked 4th and finished 8th. The mixed opinion among fans on Texas was appropriate – for a time, they appeared to be better – but by the end of the season Charlie Strong was packing his bags.Approval RatingsYou can’t really say if the ratings are right or wrong, but I thought it would be interesting to take a glance at what fans thought before the season:Gundy: 98% – I imagine his rating will be around the same area next year as we head into the most anticipated OSU football season in 6 years.Underwood: 75%. TBD.Holder: 79%.Hoops84% of fans said OSU would make the NCAA tournament this year. KenPom currently predicts a 6-12 finish in the Big 12 – and even if we have the best conference in the country (and we do – in fact, Pomeroy rates the Big 12 as the best conference since the 2004 ACC), 6-12 has NIT written all over it.Freshman most excited to see1) Stoner, 2) Bundage, 3) Hill. All good choices, but no doubt it was Hill that stole the show.Breakout players (offense)1) Sanders, 2) McCleskey, 3) Ateman. Again, Hill would be obvious winner here. But you could also make arguments for Carson and Lacy.Breakout players (defense)1) Richards, 2) Lampkin, 3) Bundage. Vincent Taylor was chosen by 4% of fans, good for 10th on the list.Best RB1) Sanders (64%), 2) Carson (21%), 3) Childs (10%), 4) Carr (4%). I didn’t even put Hill on the list of choices, which seems utterly ridiculous in hindsight.Hard to believe it will be the 10th survey this year. I’ll be back in August with more questions. 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.
If I were to guess, I’d say McGraw ends up as an OSU commit sooner rather than later. The Cowboys are in a really good position here for the talented safety from Missouri City who recorded three interceptions and 72 tackles as a junior last season.Kanion Williams — South Oak CliffThe 2018 class is loaded with Texas talent at the safety position, and Kanion Williams is making his case as one of the tops in the state with his recent run on the recruiting trail. Missouri, Arizona State, Houston, OSU, Arizona, Tulane and Illinois State have all offered since the new year. Five of those within one day.“Five offers in a day,” Williams told Scout of his March 28th experience. “It was crazy. Oklahoma State officially offered me and then I woke up and they just blew in. I already had three (previously) and then when Oklahoma State offered, I guess the other schools felt like the evaluation process was good and I’ve been getting good news ever since then.”Look for OSU to continue its recruitment with Williams. Based on his late, meteoric rise, he might string out his recruitment into the fall.Wayne Jones — OwassoThere are two big-time recruits Bill Blankenship is inheriting in his first season as the Rams head coach: Ohio State commit Josh Proctor and fellow safety Wayne Jones.Jones is a 6-foot safety who also has offers from K-State, Michigan State, Louisville, Memphis, Illinois and New Mexico. His recruitment has gone cold over the last several months, however, OSU is still the favorite to land his services according to his 247sports crystal ball.Jones had 56 tackles, 8 pass breakups and 4 interceptions playing in the largest high school classification last season. I expect major schools will again pick up interest this summer and OSU will be battling with the big boys as the fall approaches. Specifically, look for Arkansas to get in the mix. The big board series is back this week with a look at OSU’s top targets at the safety spot — a position of major focus for 2018 as the staff again looks to fill the massive void left by Jordan Sterns and eventually by Tre Flowers.The coaching staff has offers out to athletes across the country, but its major focus is locally in the Oklahoma and Texas area.Below are five prospects OSU is giving the full court press on in the class.Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Linebacker | Defensive lineLeon O’Neal Jr. — Cy-SpringsCy-Springs safety standout Leon O’Neal Jr. recently trimmed his list of top schools from from 33 to 12. And it’s a list filled with blue bloods: OSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Oregon, USC, TCU, LSU, Florida and OU made that list.O’Neal’s crystal ball reads 100 percent in favor of Texas A&M, but the Cypress, Texas four-star safety says he’d be willing to move for the right opportunity.“Staying close to home has been a thought, but then again different things can also be good,” O’Neal told Gridiron Now. “I just want that special feeling you get when you are at a program. I’ve had that feeling with some schools, but I still have a lot of schools that want to get at me and look at me, and I will give them a shot, too.”OSU has long been in the mix with O’Neal, who is ranked as a top-10 prospect at his position and a top-100 overall recruit. But I get the feeling he’s leaning towards a blueblood, which might push the Aggies out of his list.“I think deep down, I’m an SEC guy. Then again I’d play for Clemson or an Ohio State or an Oklahoma. There’s a lot of different schools that I can see myself at. I still want to travel this summer and see a lot of different schools. It’s a blessing and a dream come true.”Taye Barber — Cy-SpringsBarber, a teammate of O’Neal’s, is a quarterback/safety/athlete for Cy-Springs who could play college at a number of positions. Schools at this stage are targeting him at wide receiver, but the dual-threat QB is offered as a safety for OSU — one of two positions he’ll play next season for his high school.Because his relationship with O’Neal, he says the two have considered packaging themselves to their college destination.“We think about it from time to time,” Barber told Pistols Firing in the spring. “It would be nice.”OSU was the first scholarship offer to Barber, who said that sentiment “meant a lot” that OSU was the first school to believe in his abilities. I like OSU’s chances with Barber, who now has 22 offers, more than I do with O’Neal.Rodney McGraw II — ElkinsOSU was the first major school to take a chance on McGraw, who held offers from Tulane, Texas State, ULM, and UNLV. And to this point, I believe OSU is the leader in the clubhouse. McGraw visited OSU this spring, where he was offered on-site. 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.
The Big 12 preseason media poll is out, and Oklahoma was picked to win its third consecutive Big 12 Championship. So now that we know what the media thinks (including us), it begs the question of how much the media knows.I went back and looked at the last five years of preseason picks (since the league went to 10 teams) combined with how teams finished up in Big 12 play to determine which teams were the toughest to peg and which were the easiest.Note: I used order of finish on CFB Reference — I believe it applies all the tiebreakers properly, but it should be noted that in 2014, for example, it had TCU at No. 1 in the Big 12 and Baylor at No. 2 even though they split. The difference here throughout the last five years has been mostly negligible. AdChoices广告Hardest Teams to Pick — Last 5 Years Texas4.25.4-1.2 Texas302 Texas Tech230 It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Kansas is the easiest team to pick. They’ve been picked last each of the last five years, and that’s where they’ve finished in four of those years. It also probably should not surprise anyone that the two newest teams have been the toughest to peg in the 10-team league.But this doesn’t tell us everything. You can pick a team No. 1 every year and they finish 5th every time and get the same variance as a team you pick 7th every year and they finish 2nd. It doesn’t tell us who is performing better than average and who is performing worse than average. So let’s take a look at that.Pick Accuracy — Last Five Years TCU3.64.6-1.0 Oklahoma State221 Oklahoma State1.4 201457 201313 201244 Kansas0.2 YearPickedFinished That 2013 season still stings quite a bit. Picked to win it. Had it won. Had a pick to win it! Finished 3rd.Here’s a look at where teams have been picked on average and where they’ve finished on average. You want to be in the positive numbers here. That means you are outperforming media expectations.Average Finish — Last 5 Years Texas Tech2 Oklahoma1.62.0-0.4 TeamProjection (avg.)Actual (avg.)Miss Oklahoma212 Kansas State2.2 Iowa State0.4 TCU410 West Virginia131 201632 Kansas State131 Oklahoma State3.43.6-0.2 Baylor4.03.60.4 201542 Iowa State8.89.2-0.4 Kansas014 TeamVariance West Virginia2.8 Kansas State6.04.21.8 Kansas State has been the most consistently underrated, and Texas and TCU have been the most consistently overrated (although TCU is saved by that 2014 season in which it was picked 7th and won the whole thing).Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Tech, Kansas, Iowa State and WVU have all been almost spot on. This doesn’t tell us much about this specific year, but it is a handy guide for how to interpret this season’s Big 12 preseason rankings. The lesson, as always, beware of the wizard.http://imgur.com/JenvIZT TeamToo HighToo LowPerfect Texas1.2 Kansas10.09.80.2 Baylor2 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. Oklahoma1.2 TCU has been wildly overrated in its first five years in the league. Four times (!) it has been picked too high, and the only time it wasn’t (2014) is the year it won the league. Weird. Also, you can say a lot of things about Kansas, but you can’t say they’re overrated!Oklahoma State has been right in the middle in the last five years. Here is a look at all five of its preseason picks along with its finishes. TCU3.4 Texas Tech188.8.131.52 West Virginia184.108.40.206 Baylor221 Iowa State203
Joe MogliaCoastal Carolina68 Mark WhippleMassachusetts60 Bill SnyderKansas State77 At Big 12 Media Days, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, 77, sat atop a stage and answered questions about football, coaching and cancer.Later during the breakout session, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, 49, sat about 30 yards away from Snyder and said it’s “amazing” what Snyder does.“I don’t think I’ll coach when I’m 60,” Gundy said. “I don’t have the energy. It takes a ton of energy in the world today to run all over the place like you do.”Gundy compared his job to that of a journalist. He said both go to interviews, do their homework, grab a bite and go watch a game. But it’s not the same. There are plenty of journalists in their 60s but few coaches. In fact, Snyder is only one of 13 NCAA Division I coaches over 60.AdChoices广告 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. Bob DavieNew Mexico62 Terry BowdenAkron61 Kirk FerentzIowa61 Butch DavisFlorida International65 David CutcliffeDuke62 Frank SolichOhio72 CoachUniversityAge Rocky LongSan Diego State67 Nick SabanAlabama65 Mark DantonioMichigan State61 Although Gundy said he has gained more patience and learned to have more fun with age, he also said it gets more difficult to recruit.“I was doing a leadership deal out here in Boston a couple weeks ago, and John Calipari was involved in it,” Gundy said. “They asked him about recruiting, energy, he said, ‘I’m 50 years old. I’m recruiting 18-year-old kids. I don’t have anything in common with them. I don’t know what to talk about.’”Gundy said that is frustrating because it gets to a point where it doesn’t matter “whether you have enough energy to do what it takes to be successful.” Imagine putting weeks and weeks of energy into landing a massive deal for your day job. You go on client visits, play golf, go out to dinner and the client still says no.Minus the NCAA violations, that’s recruiting.Then there is game planning every week for the next team, dealing with injuries, changes in the depth chart, player morale, meetings with assistants and practice. Coaching to 60 starts to sound worse.“They tell me you’ll just know (when to retire),” he said. “I’m nowhere near that, I don’t think. But they tell me you’ll get to a point where you’re like, ‘I don’t wanna do that anymore.’”Gundy seems to be doing much better at coaching than he was 10 years ago. And if you somehow disagree, remember this happened:“I don’t regret it,” Gundy said. “Would I do it again? No. Essentially, I’m way too patient for that. I would never even burn that kind of energy anymore.”There are no tirade plans or any others for Gundy’s 50th birthday Aug. 12, he said, but then again, every day has grown into a small birthday party for him. That has come with age, he said.Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia coach and Gundy’s former offensive coordinator, said he doesn’t see it that way. Holgorsen, 45, said Gundy acts “a hell of a lot older than 50.” And that he acts a lot younger than 45. Which brings up an interesting crossroads that Gundy is at the center of: Youth and wisdom.Gundy is at the epicenter of dad mode. He is far more relaxed than he has ever been. He literally told a group of print media members a story about how he tried to embarrass his sons in front of teen-aged girls.Gundy is a national treasure. pic.twitter.com/0pp7xyJnTE— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 18, 2017At the same time, he is wittier, sharper and seemingly more perceptive than ever. Holgorsen said he sees “a much more relaxed, confident Mike Gundy now,” but Gundy said there are still some negatives with the age.“I don’t feel the same in the mornings as I did. Everything’s a little slower. I still have a lot of energy, but I can feel some things now that I couldn’t feel when I was 40. I’ll tell you that.”Dad jokes and dad pains aside, that paradoxical wisdom and vibrance is at least partially why OSU believes in him. He is fun to be around right now. That has an effect on current and potential future players. He said he went through a stage where knocking out his new contract was “the best thing for Oklahoma State football,” and since that has happened, it’s been prime Gundy.“You get smarter when you’re older,” he said. “You don’t take life too serious and realize that you try to do the best you can, you do the best for your players and your family and your fans and the people around you. And then you don’t worry about it.” Doc HollidayMarshall60