4x800m mini-streak under threat

first_imgCalabar, St Elizabeth Technical, and St Jago High Schools have won the 4×800 metres at the last three renewals of the world-renowned Penn Relays. Alongside Kingston College, they will battle to extend that mini-streak when the boys run into action in Philadelphia on Friday. Resistance will come from a local school, Carlisle High.It’s hard to pinpoint the best Jamaican team. The STETHS pair of Rayon Butler and Javauney James went 1-2 in the Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One 800 in 1 minute 50.24 seconds and 1 minute 50.27 seconds. Kingston College beat STETHS at the Western Relays but lost to St Jago at the Gibson-McCook Relays. That’s where the boys from Monk Street set a Jamaican high school record of 7 minutes 32.76 seconds.Since then, St Jago has lost ace Keenan Lawrence to injury. In the meantime, the Calabar pair of Kimar Farquharson and Kevroy Venson bashed the Championship Class Two 800 and 1500 records with quick times of 1 minute 51.26 seconds and 3.55.38, respectively.The old Class Two 1500m mark belonged to Lawrence.CHANCE AT TITLEWhile St Jago will be without him in Philadelphia, Kingston College could add Aryamanya Rogers, the Champs 5000m winner, to the team that chased St Jago in vain at Gibson-McCook. If the Ugandan is back in prime 800 metre form, the purple-and-whites could battle for the title they last won 10 years ago.The rounded KC squad includes Tarees Rhoden, who ran 1.52.53 to be second to Farquharson at Champs; 1.52.62 runner Collin Rowe; and do-it-distance dynamo Kristoff Darby. They could win.During the US indoor season, Carlisle clocked 7 minutes 45.86 seconds in the 4x800m relay. Indoor tracks are generally 200m in circumference and, therefore, have tighter turns and shorter straights than the 400m tracks used outdoors. That alone could put Carlisle well below 7 minutes and 40 seconds this week at the Penn Relays.last_img read more

Crossing Guard Found in Mitochondrial Membranes

first_imgby Ross Anderson, Ph.D.I’m sure that most readers have heard of mitochondria, and how important they are to all eukaryotic cells. They are commonly referred to as the cell’s “powerhouse” as they are responsible for synthesizing the bulk of ATP required to power many reactions in a cell.A characteristic of all eukaryotic cells is that they have membrane-bound organelles within them. Some, like the nucleus and mitochondria, are bounded by two membranes, but most are bounded by a single membrane. Regardless of the number of membranes, all must have transport mechanism in place to get proteins into them in order to function properly. Each organelle utilizes different designs to transport proteins into them, or out of them.Two organelles, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the mitochondria, have different complexes; however, there is one complex that is common to both. It is called Ubx2. A recent paper in Nature by Christoph U. Martensson et al., with a ho-hum title “Mitochondrial Protein Translocation-Associated Degradation,” is actually about quality control inside the cells of our bodies. The researchers found some exciting news about this protein complex Ubx2: it acts like a crossing guard, ferrying passengers safely through the membrane. But this is no ordinary crossing guard. It also acts as a bouncer or cop when bad proteins try to clog up the channel. And it has access to the whole search-and-rescue team. Without this entire system knowing what to do in advance of trouble, the whole cell could die.Making the IngredientsMaking ATP in the mitochondria requires the use of many different proteins that work as parts of large complexes. Some of these proteins are located in the matrix region of the mitochondria (the inner parts), and many are located between membranes, either the inner membrane or the outer membrane. A mitochondrion has a small genome of its own, but a large majority of its proteins are encoded by genes located in the nucleus—not in the mitochondrial DNA. Consequently, these genes must be transcribed in the nucleus, then translated into proteins in the cytosol of the cell (i.e., outside the mitochondria).Transporting the IngredientsAfter the precursor proteins have been transcribed in the cytosol, they must then be transported into the mitochondria and folded properly before they are able to function as proteins or enzymes. Because we live in a fallen world, not everything proceeds perfectly or is made perfectly; mutations occur. As such, sometimes proteins do not have the correct amino acid sequence, or even if they do, they simply don’t fold properly. Proteins destined for the mitochondria are maintained in an unfolded state until they are transported into the mitochondria where they are folded by special helper enzymes called chaperonins. This is accomplished by the binding of certain proteins in the cytosol known as heat-shock proteins (Hsp’s). Hsp’s are also called chaperones, because they bind to unfolded regions of proteins and prevent them from engaging in improper interactions that might lead to an improperly folded protein.Meet TOMIf mitochondrial protein precursors are not transported into the mitochondria properly, they will accumulate on the outer surface of the mitochondria. This leads to a mitochondrial-induced stress response by the cell whereby a number of cellular activities are affected. As a consequence of improper transport by the transport channel, TOM (Translocon Outer Membrane), becomes clogged and proteins can no longer be transported into the mitochondria. This can lead to down-regulation of mitochondrial proteins which will compromise the synthesis of ATP.The TOM itself is actually a complex of proteins. The various members, numbered like Tom20 and Tom70, work together for the efficient transport of mitochondrial proteins through the outer membrane. Each protein of the complex is encoded by its own gene, and the various genes are carefully regulated so that the correct number of components are ready for assembly of the TOM. As the name implies, TOM is located in the outer membrane and forms the channel through which proteins traverse the outer membrane. The TOM joins another protein complex, TIM (Translocon Inner Membrane), located in the inner membrane. TIM forms a channel through the inner membrane. Together these two complexes of proteins form a complete channel through both membranes. The TOM core complex is made up of Tom40, Tom22, and various small Tom proteins. This complex associates with Toms 20 and 70.The Quality Control TeamTogether, the proteins Ubx2 and Cdc48 promote clearance of stalled precursor proteins from the general entry gate of mitochondria, the TOM complex, for proteasomal degradation. Credit: Christoph Mårtensson, University of FreiburgThe authors found that Ubx2 associates with Tom40 and some of the other proteins of the complex, except for Tom70. Under conditions where a cell is stressed, another protein, Cis1 binds to Tom70 and recruits Msp1 which aids in the removal of non-imported precursor proteins. However, under ‘normal’ non-stressed conditions, Ubx2 binds. In the ER (endoplasmic reticulum), Ubx2 functions with two proteins, DOA10 and HRD1, which, together, recruit an ATPase (an ATP-powered enzyme), Cdc48, and function in the removal and degradation of proteins from channels in the ER membrane if they failed to make it through. So in the ER, Ubx2 associates with DOA10 and HRD1, but at the mitochondria, it has a different role. There, Ubx2 associates with Tom40, 22 and 20. This suggested to the authors that there must be two populations of Ubx2; one for the ER and one for mitochondria.Interestingly, Ubx2 itself, must be transported into the mitochondria in order to function. Once in the mitochondria, Ubx2 can associate with the mature Tom40 complex only in the presence of Tom22 and Tom70. Once associated with Tom40 the complex of Toms20, 22, 40 and 70 can recruit Cdc48 to the TOM complex. However, in order for Cdc48 to associate with the TOM there must be yet another two proteins, Ufd1 and Np14. If you can keep track of all this complexity, Cdc48 also has associated proteins, Vms1 and Msp1, required for mitochondrial-associated degradation of proteins!Putting it All TogetherA mitochondrion’s main function is to run its powerhouse, a sequence of molecular machines called the electron transport chain. This chain produces ATP from the food that we eat. The scientists in the Nature paper reported that, without Ubx2 and Vms1 or Msp1, the stability of the electron transport chain complexes (respiratory chain) in the inner membrane was compromised. As a result, proteins would get tagged with ubiquitin (the “kill-me” tag) for destruction and, as a result, would accumulate at the TOM. Thus, the TOM complex recruits Ubx2 which, in turn, recruits Cdc48 and its partner proteins, Udf1 and Np14. The Cdc48 complex then extracts arrested proteins from the TOM channel. The extracted proteins are then degraded by a proteasome (another complex of proteins that degrades faulty proteins and recycles the amino acids). The authors dubbed this quality control system ‘mitoTAD’ for mitochondrial translocation-associated degradation. Thus the “mitoTAD maintains the full functionality of the TOM complex for correct import of precursor proteins into the mitochondria.” Without it, aberrant precursor proteins would accumulate and clog the TOM. That, obviously, could lead to the detriment of the cell and the entire organism.Sticking to the ScienceMost likely, all the authors believe that evolution is the explanation for how this came to be. To their credit, though, they did not engage in evolutionary storytelling to try and prop up an evolutionary ideology. They clearly answered the three questions an objective scientist should ask:What is it?What does it do?How does it do it?It was refreshing, therefore, to see a paper stick to the science. That said, anyone reading this paper with an open mind would be amazed at the complex quality control involved in the seeming “simple” task of ushering proteins through a membrane. The transport systems usually work well, but it is evident that foresight was involved in knowing how to handle emergencies, like when protein precursors get stuck in the channel. Does this not all show clearly the hallmarks of intelligent design? Look how many proteins are required. Each of these must be able to bind to others, so that they function as a whole.Irreducible Complexity SquaredMutation studies by the authors showed that when one or more of the needed proteins are absent, the function of the whole is lost. Assembly of one complex of proteins is required before the proper assembling and functioning of another complex; e.g., assembly of the TOM complex sets the stage for recruitment of the Ubx2 complex which, in turn, sets the stage for recruitment of the Cdc48 complex. Thus, we see irreducible complexity at two points: an irreducibly complex collection of parts arranged in an irreducibly complex sequence over time.This is very much like a Rube Goldberg machine. (If you don’t know what that is, see this entertaining modern example on YouTube.) Clearly, one malfunction anywhere in the sequence stops everything downstream that depends on it. Nobody would think the device in the video would arise by chance. Let’s be consistent, therefore, and apply the same reasoning in this case. The inference to the best explanation therefore—arising from the scientific facts themselves—is that intelligence with foresight played a fundamental role in the creation of this system. Bible-believers like me joyfully attribute that mind to the wonder-working hand of the Creator God of Genesis. Recommended Resource: Foresight, a new book by Brazilian scientist Marcos Eberlin, gives numerous examples in nature of processes and systems that required planning and foresight to work. This pro-ID book has been endorsed by 3 Nobel laureates.(Visited 519 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ross Anderson (PhD biochemistry) is professor of biochemistry at The Master’s University in southern California. Dr Anderson’s expertise is in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology. He has taught Biochemistry and helped to direct research projects of graduate and medical students at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Dr. Anderson was a post-doctoral researcher in the Molecular Genetics Division of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Houston Neurosensory Center.Dr Anderson was a member of both the undergraduate and graduate faculty at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. There he taught and directed the research activities of undergraduates and Masters of Science degree candidates in Biology. Currently he is professor of biochemistry at The Master’s University in southern California.Dr Anderson’s research interests include structure-function studies of DNA polymerizing enzymes and the synthesis and expression of synthetic human genes in bacterial hosts. He has authored or co-authored several publications in major, peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi Research Society.last_img read more

Pressure on for Azkals after draw vs Nepal

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has refused to put the blame on his players, saying they fought well despite the conditions in Nepal, where some standouts like Misagh Bahadoran suffered altitude sickness.“The players did an excellent job when you think what they had to go through the past three months,” said Dooley, noting the compressed schedule of the Philippines Football League as well as the conditions in Nepal.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 shutoutIn Manila, Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta expressed alarm over the run of results of the team, which needs a draw against Tajikistan on the final day of qualifiers on March 27 to clinch an Asian Cup berth.But Araneta said the federation, which spent an additional P700,000 more for the Azkals’ accommodations in Nepal after they arrived a few days earlier to acclimatize, will give the team its all-out support to ensure qualification. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Champ Tabora back in PH after World Cup triumph LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 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 Photo from GoNepal.comThe draw against bottom team Nepal last Tuesday in Kathmandu cranked up the pressure on the Philippine Azkals, who are suddenly on a slump after a strong start to the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.And while the Azkals are still on top of Group F with nine points and are still unbeaten in five matches, the fact remains that the squad has dropped six points in the last three games after two draws with Yemen and the goalless tie with Nepal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It’s disappointing,” said Araneta. “We have to talk to coach (Dooley) on what the team needs as we should have won that game. I don’t know what are the reasons for that but we can’t afford another bad result.”Araneta said he would also sit down with Azkals manager Dan Palami to discuss preparations for the next game, which will probably include a training camp, before the start of the PFL season.The nightmare scenario for the Azkals is a loss to Tajikistan and a win by Yemen over Nepal on March 27. Even with a loss, the Azkals will still qualify if Nepal holds Yemen to at least a draw.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Satish Sharmas long term as Aero Club of India chief ends

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 2 (PTI) Captain Atul Deo has been elected the new president of Aero Club of India bringing to an end the Gandhi family loyalist Satish Sharmas over three decades long innings as the head of the apex body of private and government flying clubs which train students to become commercial pilots.Capt Pankul Mathur was elected vice president at the Annual General Meeting held on Friday, while Anisha Suresh will be the new secretary general. The elections were unanimous.Prior to Sharma, ACI presidency was held by former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi who handed over the mantle to his long time aide after becoming PM.Reacting to the development, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said,” Democratic processes had long been thwarted at the ACI and these have just been restored.”He said the elections were held in police presence and a Joint Director at the aviation regulator Directorate General Civil Aviation, Lalit Gupta, oversaw the proceedings as a representative of the government.”We have just allowed democratic processes to work and they had been thwarted for too long. The government?s job was to enable democratic processes to function, and once they were allowed to operate under normal circumstances, then we got the election result that the members of the Flying Club wanted,” Jayant Sinha told PTI.ACI sources said the overhaul was “steered” by Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, himself a trained pilot, who recently became a member of the club council from Rajasthan.advertisementAn aviation expert said Rudy has been advocating strengthening aero sports in India and change in Aero Club leadership would help standardize the sector enabling Indian pilots to compete internationally.Rudy, when contacted, told PTI, “It was a bloodless coup as the functioning at ACI had become impossible under Capt Sharma.” Sharma could not be contacted for comments. PTI SKC SK SKlast_img read more

Daily Mullets (December 2)

first_imgMore PFBDez ties Michael Irvin’s Cowboys TD total … How could Bedlam affect the recruiting landscape …  Three matchups to watch including Ramon vs. Dede … Three stats to know for Bedlam (this is very good) … How Gundy would solve the CFB Playoff … Does Mike Gundy have an OU problem?I loved this.1st Bedlam win of the weekend! Dez over Sammy B!— Chris Biggerstaff (@cbiggs424) December 2, 2016 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. One more day.The CFB Playoff committee’s conundrumHey Bill Simmons’ site took up OSU’s cause this week.The ones who could unskew this weird situation are instead taking the path of least resistance. The committee could anger multiple fan bases by bumping Oklahoma State up the rankings, which would then also draw attention to the biggest refereeing blunder of the season and subvert the work of officials everywhere. Or the committee could tell us it’s impossible to argue with wins and losses, even though arguing wins and losses is the entire point of the committee in the first place. [Ringer]The part I can’t reconcile is if I’m in the business of arguing for OSU’s loss not mattering, then the natural logic says I’m in the business of saying teams should be determined based on how they play which, in this case, does not help me as OSU played horribly against a crappy team.Getting Turnovers is paramountI mean, yes, obviously, but did you know the company OSU keeps?Only Ohio State, Alabama and Louisville have scored more points off turnovers this season than the Cowboys. The Pokes are going to struggle to keep Baker Mayfield and co. from making their plays; Mike Gundy admitted as much on Monday. The key is whether the Cowboy defense can make their plays, as well. Behind Vincent Taylor, Jordan Sterns and Ramon Richards, Oklahoma State has been tremendous all year at creating big defensive plays. They’re going to need a couple Saturday in Norman to pull off the upset. [ESPN]I did not realize that list of teams getting points off turnovers was so short. Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville. Wow.The President ElectNot Trump. James Washington. OU has respect.In Week 3, he shredded the Panthers for 296 receiving yards, which remains the largest receiving output of any Power 5 receiver this season. No active wideout has more career touchdown receptions than Washington’s 25, either.“A great receiver,” said Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas, who figures to be matched up on Washington early and often Saturday. “He plays the ball in the air well, and wins his fair share of the 50-50 balls. And he’s a bigger guy, he’s just more physical. And on top of that he can run. “He has the whole game.”I’m excited to see what No. 28 can do to a beleaguered OU secondary. Gonna be so much abuse we might have to bring Justice in to close.Truck-stick CarsonGood article here on Chris Carson. Odd that he doesn’t recognize his own ability.“We kind of joked about it in the running backs room, who’s what, what kind of runner?” Carson said. That’s when Carson received an awakening. “Some of the other running backs started saying, ‘I’ve never seen you run over somebody. And you’re squatting and lifting all this weight,’” Carson said. “So that’s something I’ve been trying to prove. And it’s working out.” [NewsOK]If I looked like Carson does, I’d run people over just going to class.Mason Rudolph, massive trash talker?Jenni Carlson on the Rudolph-Mayfield rivalry.Mayfield and Rudolph are already hearing it from each other. Mayfield is known as more of the say-anything guy, but he insists Rudolph is a sneaky trash talker. “He gets his in,” Mayfield said with a smile. “Mason can put on a show for the media, but he gets his in. There’s no doubt about that.” Mason Rudolph, flamethrower? “I throw my flames,” Rudolph said with a laugh. “But I do it privately. No need for y’all to see it.” [NewsOK]Not the first time I’ve heard this. Would love to see Rudolph unhinged with Mayfield next spring after a Big 12 title.Mason Rudolph’s “stuff”I love this from Mike Yurcich on Mason Rudolph.Rudolph is up there, Yurcich said, adding he and [former college teammate] Borchert have an “it” factor. Rudolph’s confidence as a true freshman in only his second game still stands out to Yurcich. “There’s that certain thing whenever a guy makes a mistake that he comes back stronger; I think Rudolph has that ability,” Yurcich said. “I think he has something about him that wants to prove to himself and everybody else that he was better than that mistake and he comes back with an edge to him. He never backs down. He loves the moment.” [O’Colly]I love that last line. He loves the moment. You can tell, too.Updated “Rudolph’s sleigh ride” just in time for Bedlam. pic.twitter.com/ExCqL1syHm— The OG (@GentsOkstate) December 1, 2016Sinor for HeismanAnybody going to take up the cause with me?She saw the “special” Carnley was talking about when OSU offered her son a full scholarship during Zach’s senior season. “That’s in our heads for all these years,” Valerie said. “And here we are. “That’s when you kinda go to your knees and say, ‘How blessed can we be?” [O’Colly]What Makes Justice greatOn how Justice Hill’s dad has helped him with nutrition and sleep and how Hill never hit the freshman wall.Meanwhile, Hill worked on getting his body ready for college football. Derrick has studied nutrition most of his life and healthy eating was a priority in the Hill household. He did not drink soda and steered away from acidic foods. Hill drinks alkaline water, which is supposed to help prevent injuries. Eating and sleeping well have perhaps been the secret behind how Hill has remained so durable as a freshman. [Tulsa World]I could not be more impressed with a freshman. Heck, that’s impressive for a 10-year NFL player!Stoops player abuse tree?Kevin Wilson was fired at Indiana on Thursday.Earlier Thursday, however, a former Indiana player’s father told ESPN that his son suffered a concussion in practice shortly before the 2015 season and was rushed back to workouts, causing his symptoms to intensify. [ESPN]Mangino Leach Wilson fired for treatment of players. A glimpse of the environment at OU early in Stoops career. Winning is tough— Teddy Lehman (@TedLehman11) December 1, 2016Another thing I appreciate about Gundy. Does he run an uber-clean program? I have no idea, it seems like it. But I do think if it’s dirty, it’s not because he’s making dudes play through injuries or locking them in sheds.last_img read more

Watch Guide: Bowl Season

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 regular season is over and so are several bowl games. There will be plenty more over the next few weeks though including OSU’s tilt with No. 10 Colorado in San Antonio. Thanks to Ryan Hartwig for an entire season of putting this together.Here are the five non-OSU bowls I’m most looking forward to:Ohio State-ClemsonPenn State-USCAlabama-WashingtonOU-AuburnFSU-MichiganIt’s also going to be fun to watch Kansas State’s 1-stars beat Texas A&M’s 5-stars in the Texas Bowl.Weekend Watch Guide: Bowlslast_img read more

Clemson Graduate Transfer Names Oklahoma State His Leader

first_imgFormer Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker is expected to graduate this semester from the school and is seeking a graduate transfer. After making an official recruiting visit to Oklahoma State on March 4, Ryan Bartow of 247sports reports the Cowboys made quite a favorable impression — to the point where OSU is now the leader in his recruitment.Baker was originally planning to take official visits to Texas Tech and Wake Forest, but has cancelled those as he narrows his list with a decision looming. He visited UCF on March 20-21, and still plans to take an official visit to Arizona State the weekend of March 30, according to Bartow. He’s also hearing from Iowa State, Houston and West Virginia.Because Baker will graduate in May, he will have one year of eligibility remaining at his next school as a part of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule.Baker tore his ACL last spring and sat out the 2016 season with the Tigers. He is back to full health, and could be an immediate impact player wherever he chooses to spend his final year of eligibility.In 2015, he started three games playing 253 snaps, recording 15 tackles and two interceptions. 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

Gundy Prescient In Valuing Multi-Sport Athletes

first_imgMike Gundy has high school athlete takes. We saw that last fall when he talked about how cell phones are contributing to a decline readiness for college football. Then earlier this spring he discussed multi-sport athletes.“I don’t like [specialization],” said Gundy on National Signing Day. “I think high school kids should be able to play as many sports as they want to play. I think we’re getting overwhelmed with travel baseball, softball, volleyball, AAU basketball, 7-on-7 and it’s discouraging some high school athletes to play multiple sports.“For us, we think it’s best for them to play multiple sports and compete year round. If they’re talented enough to get here, they’re probably going to get here, so playing another sport isn’t going to matter.“When we’re evaluating recruits one of the first things I ask is, ‘Does he play any other sports?’ Justin Blackmon was a heck of a basketball player and Dez Bryant could do anything. Guys that are talented at other sports are usually more talented on the field than guys who don’t. Not always, and quarterbacks are a little different but I would recommend they play all the sports and have fun.”James Washington is another player Gundy has discussed who played multiple sports (including tennis) in high school. And Gundy might be onto something here given what took place in the NFL Draft over the weekend. According to Tracking Football, nearly 9 of every 10 players drafted in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft played another sport in high school.OSU’s potential 2018 NFL Draft picks fit the mold, too. Mason Rudolph played basketball in high school, and I’m pretty sure Washington played ever sport his high school offered.Now, I will say I’d like to see how this compares to college football players overall. Like, most college football players are good enough athletes to play multiple sports in high school so they do. But what is that number overall? Is it 80 percent? Is it higher at 93 or 95 percent? That would be interesting.“Multi-sport, and also players who play on both sides of the ball, have infatuated us over the last couple of years just from an athleticism standpoint,” added Gundy on NSD. “We’ve found that you have more success with them being involved in special teams also, and that’s a very important part of the game.”h/t to 11 Warriors 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

Sachse DE Lacy Credits Relationship with Joe Bob Clements for Early Commitment

first_imgSachse defensive end Tyler Lacy committed to Oklahoma State at the end of April, picking the Cowboys over offers from Texas Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU and Houston, among others. He credited the family vibe and comfort in the academics as a major part of why he committed when we talked with him this month, and on Wednesday, he was quick to credit one specific member of OSU’s coaching staff as reason for his comfort level with OSU and subsequent commitment.“That man right there,” Lacy, pointing across the football field at defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements, told Scout. “He’s the best. When I walked in, he was just like a family man. It felt like I was already there and a part of the team. Then I came back and it was just more of the same vibe, the academic advisors, and everyone around the school just gave me a good vibe so I made the choice.”Lacy, a strong-side defensive end and stat monster who is a member of OSU’s 2018 class, will play for Clements when he arrives in Stillwater next summer. Getting along and feeling comfortable with his future position coach was a priority to him, and the relationship he built with Clements helped him feel at ease to pull the trigger with the late April verbal commitment.“What I like about [Joe Bob Clements] is that he’s a cool dude, he’s down to Earth. He’ll tell you the truth and tell you what you need to hear and how you need to get on it.”Of OSU’s 12-man recruiting class thus far, Lacy is the only recruit committed to play on the defensive line. The 6-foot-4, 240 pound senior could be in for a breakout senior season with a high possibility of interest from more schools on the way.  But he’s more than locked in with not only a strong connection to Clements, but also his amazement at the football facilities (and of course, the barber shop!)“The weight room is outstanding, the training room is beautiful. The locker room is so nice — it has a barber shop in it! I was shocked. The stadium is just nice and the indoor is outstanding.” 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

What Do Big 12 Preseason Picks Tell Us?

first_imgThe 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 Tech7.26.80.4 West Virginia6.25.80.4 Baylor221 Iowa State203last_img read more