Gloria Kathleen Haycock, 88, Shelbyville, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Ashford Place Health Campus in Shelbyville. Born, August 27, 1929 in Richmond, Indiana, she was the daughter of Paul and Freida (Somers) Nation. Gloria graduated from Ball State University and worked for over 20 years as the school librarian and then in administration at Triton Central High School. She had been a very active member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority and she was a former national officer. She was recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. She was also a member of the Lake Santee Women’s Club and the Clarksburg Christian Church. She was married to Jack Haycock on June 9, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 5, 2016. She is survived by one son, Jay (Sara) Haycock, Greenfield; one daughter, Pam (Jeff) Linder, Indianapolis; one sister, Patty Talbott, Fishers; seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Memorial Services will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the funeral home with Rev. Jeri Barrett-Thomas officiating. Interment will be held in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the “Our Hospice”. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
MASON CITY — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday afternoon for the multi-purpose arena that’s part of the River City Renaissance project. The arena is being placed in the former JC Penney location of Southbridge Mall and it is part of a $38 million effort to revitalize the mall and the downtown area.Mayor Bill Schickel says the project help create as well as help to fill available jobs in the community. “Let’s look at jobs. Not only the jobs that this project creates, the construction jobs, the permanent jobs, not to mention the $9 million payroll that it will add to our community. That’s all great for people that are looking for jobs, but we also have jobs looking for people in Mason City and north Iowa. This will help us attract and keep and retain the kind of workforce we need to fill the already 1000 jobs that are available here.”Schickel says Mason City is showing the rest of the region that empty malls with proper planning can be repurposed for the future. “Let’s look at the example we’re setting. Communities across Iowa, indeed communities across the nation face the very same thing that we face in Mason City, deteriorating malls that need to be repurposed. The difference is that we’re being proactive. We’re setting a shining example of preserving our past while preparing for the future.”Steve Crane with Mason City Youth Hockey says they’re looking forward to moving into a new facility after over three decades in the North Iowa Ice Arena. “We’re thrilled to start a new chapter in our organization and appreciate the tremendous support that we’ve received from the public, the City of Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, Visit Mason City, the North Iowa Fair Association, and many local business leaders. You’ve all reached out to us and have been very helpful in this process as we’re learning along the way of how to start a brand new facility like this. It’s not easy, it takes a lot of hands.”Crane says a new facility like this will boost the visibility not only of Youth Hockey but entertainment in general in north-central Iowa. “This new facility will enhance our ability to introduce more people to the enjoyment of ice sports and provide a great entertainment venue for north Iowans and the thousands of visitors that will come to visit this new facility.”The arena is part of the Iowa Reinvestment Act project that also includes the addition of a convention center complex to Music Man Square, a hotel in the eastern part of the main parking lot of Southbridge Mall, as well as a performing arts pavilion on the mall’s north side.
0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool regained top spot with a late winner © AFP / Paul ELLISLiverpool, United Kingdom, Mar 31 – Liverpool’s willpower is keeping their Premier League title hopes alive, admitted manager Jurgen Klopp after his side moved back top of the table in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 win over Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.Toby Alderweireld’s own goal a minute from time moved Liverpool two points ahead of title rivals Manchester City. Klopp’s men still need City to slip up in their remaining seven games as the champions have a game in hand.However, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’s error to parry the ball in off the unfortunate Alderweireld was reminiscent of Jordan Pickford’s mistake to also gift Divock Origi a late winner against Everton earlier in the season, suggesting Liverpool’s luck may be in this year.“I told the boys after the game there are 500,000 ways probably to win a football game. Today it was rather ugly, but without a bit of luck you cannot be in the position we are,” said Klopp.“If we are top of the table after the last matchday it would be a championship of will.”Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-year wait to win the title looked set to be dealt a massive blow as Lucas Moura’s strike 20 minutes from time cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s early opener.And the visitors will be left to regret Moussa Sissoko missing a huge chance to inflict Liverpool’s first home league defeat in nearly two years five minutes from time.Spurs are now in serious danger of crashing out of the top four as they remain level on points with Manchester United and could be usurped by north London rivals Arsenal into third should the Gunners beat Newcastle on Monday.“Overall I think we were better than Liverpool,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “It is difficult to explain, but at the same time I am proud of the performance.”Pochettino’s men remain without a Premier League win since February 10. However, the Argentine wants to set that record right at the opening night of the club’s new 62,000 capacity stadium against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.“The new stadium must be a big boost for everyone,” said Pochettino. “I was telling the players in the changing room we have seven games and we are in top four and we need to compete. It’s a mini-league and, playing the way we played today, I think we can achieve the top four.”– Kop delirium –Spurs started brightly, but conceded with Liverpool’s first significant attack when Firmino headed home the opener on 16 minutes from a delightful Andy Robertson cross.That was Robertson’s 12th assist of the season from left-back and the Scotland captain was involved again in a flowing move moments later as he forged down the left and neat touches from Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum teed up Sadio Mane to curl just wide.Liverpool were thankful to Robertson at the other end after the break as he made a vital block to prevent Christian Eriksen firing home on the rebound after Alisson Becker was forced into his first save of the afternoon by Harry Kane.Salah has now scored just once in his last 11 games and his wasted chance to give Liverpool some breathing space when Alderweireld blocked the Egyptian’s shot with Mane better placed and begging for a pass looked costly when Tottenham levelled.Kane’s quick thinking and excellent long-range pass picked out Kieran Trippier, who fed Eriksen and his scuffed shot fell perfectly for Moura to turn home.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (right) and Roberto Firmino (left) celebrate a huge win for their title ambitions © AFP / Paul ELLISAs Liverpool surged forward in search of a winner, Spurs could have picked them off as Sissoko blazed over with just Alisson to beat before Alli clipped a shot inches wide.Instead, there was delirium in front of the Kop end when Lloris parried Salah’s header into Alderweireld and the ball ricocheted over the line to breathe fresh life into Liverpool’s title challenge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“I don’t remember there being a direct connection between Teachers of the Year like that in say, the past 10 years,” said Rick de la Torre, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. “But in education in general, that happens a lot. The legacy of teachers happens a lot in families.” The cousins do have relatives who are teachers, but Corrales said it was the teachers in the women’s lives that inspired them to become educators themselves. For Corrales — who said she always had a book, pencil and notebook in hand as a child –the love of reading and excellent teachers made her a good student in school. As such, she was often called upon to help tutor younger students who were struggling in their academics. “Becoming a teacher was destiny for me,” said Corrales, a 19-year teaching veteran. “At first, I thought about working in social services, but then I would have adopted every child I met. “I thought it would be easier to go into teaching and make an impact that way.” The teaching bug bit Rosen when she began working with her aunt in a Head Start program, where she found the children “fascinating.” She was also able to see firsthand the need for bilingual educators. “I saw that (Spanish-speaking students) needed to have teachers they could communicate with. So that’s what I did, and it’s been very rewarding,” said Rosen, who’s been teaching for 31 years. “A lot of my kids have gone on to college and become teachers and have wonderful careers. It’s been a rewarding experience all the way around.” Although Rosen and Corrales weren’t close before they ran into each other at the county meeting, they’ve kept in touch ever since — and they talk about the challenges of teaching their particular grades. “I wanted to know what they do in her district and she wants to know about mine,” Corrales said. “We’re different kinds of teachers, in lots of different ways. But I think it’s a great thing to feed off what other teachers know.” — Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — Josephine Rosen and Cristina Corrales were both running late for a meeting at the county Office of Education, a required gathering for those selected as 2005 Teachers of the Year at their school districts. Rosen was just a couple of minutes ahead of Corrales, who got to the meeting about five minutes late and quickly grabbed the first seat near the back that she could find. Corrales leaned toward the woman next to her to ask if she’d missed any handouts, and Rosen was just about to hand her neighbor a clipboard being passed around when the tardy pair finally made eye contact. They were both shocked at first — but then they laughed and hugged and congratulated each other on earning top teaching honors in their districts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After all, that’s what cousins do. “I told her, ‘What are you doing here?’ ” said Rosen, 53, a second-grade teacher at Laurel Elementary in the East Whittier City School District. Neither Rosen nor Corrales, 57, a fourth-grade teacher at Lake Marie Elementary in the South Whittier School District, had any clue that the other had also been named Teacher of the Year in her district, until they met at that meeting held a few months ago. “Out of all those people there — there must have been about 50 other people at that meeting — that’s where I sat. Right next to her,” Corrales said. County officials who organize the Teacher of the Year competition say it’s not unusual to find family traditions in education, but Rosen and Corrales’ situation is unique.
Anatolian dogs are constantly on the lookout for predators threatening the herd of goats.Puppies are put into the pen with lambs when they are six to eight weeks old.(Images: Elanza van Lente)MEDIA CONTACTS • Elanza van LenteProject manager, Namaqua Dog Project+27 27 672 1948.Lucille DavieFor centuries, in cultures as diverse as Laplanders and Aborigines, dogs have been man’s best friend. They have been companions, hunters and guards, and in many cultures have even played an important spiritual role. Now they have become cheetah’s best friends, too.Anatolian shepherd dogs, bred in Turkey for 6 000 years, have been imported to South Africa where they are being used to protect livestock and cattle. In the process, they protect cheetahs, which would normally prey on the livestock. When cheetahs take their livestock, farmers respond by shooting the cheetah, or laying snares for them, which then trap smaller predators like caracal and jackal.Cheetahs are endangered. According to Cheetah Outreach, at the turn of the 20th century, there were an estimated 100 000 cheetahs in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Today there are just 7 500 cheetahs left and in South Africa there are fewer than 1 000.Anatolian dogs were first introduced to southern Africa in 1994, when farmers in Namibia started using them. Based on this success, a trial programme was launched by De Wildt’s Wild Cheetah Management Project and Cheetah Outreach, in 2005. Since 2008, Sanparks –South African National Parks – has run its own breeding programme in the Namaqua National Park. “The purpose of the project is to breed and train Anatolian shepherd dogs and to provide them at an affordable price to farmers who cannot afford to pay the full market price for the dog. This is in an effort to protect both the farmers’ livestock and the wildlife in the vicinity,” it says.Anatolian dogs can now be found across all nine provinces. Outside Turkey, they are used as guard dogs in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and Botswana. They are mostly used to guard sheep and goats, but recently they have been used successfully to guard cattle, and also wild game. With their introduction, farmers have stopped laying traps, which has meant that, besides cheetah, other animals like aardwolf, genet, fox, honey badger and tortoise have not been caught in snares either, so being saved a slow and painful death.Protection from bears and wolvesIn Turkey, Anatolian shepherd dogs were originally bred to protect livestock from bears and wolves. They were bred to withstand harsh conditions – extreme heat and extreme cold, in dry, arid areas of Central Anatolia, conditions not unlike those found in South Africa. It’s believed that they were even used during times of war to dismount enemy riders from their horses.The dogs are tough and hardy – they stand about 90cm at the shoulder, and weigh up to 75kg, though the females are slightly smaller and lighter. They have a medium-length, tan- or beige-coloured coat, which allows for cooling but maintains warmth in winter. They have good eyesight, sharp hearing, and an excellent sense of smell. They are calm and confident, intelligent and independent, and will stay with the herd in times of danger, or when a sheep or goat is in distress.They can run at 75km/h, and have a loud bark, which is their first means of defence, followed by attack if sufficiently provoked. Like predators, they will latch on to the throat, killing the predator. But crucially, they will not chase predators over long distances, leaving the herd unguarded. Their size and loud bark are usually enough to chase away most potential threats.TrainingAn animal’s training as a guard dog begins when it is a puppy of six to eight weeks. The puppy is placed in an enclosure within the pen of the sheep or goats initially. It is taught not to play with the lambs or to hunt, and soon is taken for short walks with the herd, accompanied by the farmer or handler, says Elanza van Lente, the project manager of the Namaqua Dog Project in Northern Cape.“Each day they go further, rest, then catch up with the herd,” she explains. They are walked along the fences, allowing them to get a sense of their boundaries. Van Lente says they mark their area with urine, and demarcate two areas: A is an area close to the herd; and B is a bigger area. If a predator comes within B the dog will bark and chase it; if it enters the smaller A area, the dog will attack and kill a caracal or jackal. She says it will take on a leopard but it will probably not survive.“Normally, a farmer would lose 30 to 40 lambs a year, but now he loses nothing,” she adds. Although the Anatolian dogs have mostly been used for goats and sheep, they are now beginning to be used for cattle too. Van Lente says that she has trained and placed 49 dogs. She has three breeding pairs, plus another female. All dogs that are placed with farmers are sterilised at six months.An untrained dog from Sanparks costs about R1 000 (US$97), but up to R6 000 ($580) on the open market. Van Lente and her team will give the farmer training, providing a manual, and be on call throughout the day and night if a problem arises. Training can take between three and nine months. “The dogs are very clever, and operate best in grassland, mountain areas and open spaces.” She has a long waiting list for dogs.Once trained, the dogs are happy out on their own. They will bring the herd home at the time they were trained to, but if they stay overnight in the veld, it is usually because there is a problem. The farmer will be alerted and will be prompted to search for the herd and dog. The dog will never leave an injured goat or sheep on its own – it will keep the whole herd in the veld until the farmer comes looking for them.Remarkable storiesThere are some remarkable stories of dogs’ devotion to their herds. A dog called Beska was in a fight with a caracal and was badly injured, but still managed to bring its herd safely home. Crickey was attacked by a leopard and sustained serious injuries, but it didn’t lose a single animal in its herd. On its return from the vet, Crickey was kept indoors to recover, but broke out on the first night, and walked 14km to its herd in the veld.One night Boleyn did not return with its herd, only coming in later with a goat and a newborn kid. The dog had carried the kid back to the farmhouse. Its herd repaid Boleyn’s good deed some time later. It managed to get a snare wrapped around its neck and was unable to move. The farmer spent a day looking for Boleyn when it didn’t return with the herd. He came upon the herd huddling around it, protecting it and saving its life.Uthaya had an old and sickly ewe in its herd. One very hot day the herder noticed the dog gently taking the ewe by the back of its neck and dragging it from the heat into the shade. “Anatolians possess the three main behaviour traits that an effective livestock guarding dog must have: trustworthiness, attentiveness and protectiveness,” says De Wildt.Van Lente adds that the dogs make good pets too. They will be protective, but can be aggressive if the owner is not on the property, as their natural guarding instincts kick in, much like Rottweilers or Dobermans.
NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Titans, who also paraded new signees Arvin Tolentino and Kyles Lao, finally won after four tries.The Generals slumped to 0-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Gamboa-St. Clare whipped Jose Rizal U, 93-76, for its third straight win.The Titans almost lost the game after leading by as many as 28 points as Cedric de Joya, Cedric Ablaza, and Jerome Garcia moved the Generals to within 95-93 in the final 11.0 seconds. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Robbie Manalang remained a force to reckon with as AMA Online Education finally ended its drought with a 96-93 win over Batangas-EAC in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Manalang, the former Adamson playmaker, sizzled anew in his second game for the Titans, finishing with a conference-high 40 points on 8-of-16 shooting from three-point zone.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Martinez could only muster a split from the foul line to keep the door open for Batangas-EAC in the last 9.9 ticks, but Earvin Mendoza and Garcia both muffed their attempts that could have forced overtime.“Maybe the players just got tired,” said AMA coach Mark Herrera. “But we got players who can score. At least now, we have options where we can go in our games.”Meanwhile, Mila’s Lechon has decided to withdraw from the league, citing internal problems.Team owner Aika Salanguit made the announcement to discontinue the Mighty Roasters’ campaign in their maiden conference.Mila’s Lechon ended its stint with a 0-4 card and an average losing margin of 26.3 points—RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Philsteel returns as major sponsor of PBA LATEST STORIES
“I think the experience has allowed him to do things extremely poised and make quality decisions,” added head coach Bill Snyder of Mason Rudolph. “The game has slowed down for him, and when that happens, the innate capability that he has comes to the forefront. He has the ability to make good decisions and the poise to go through his reads and progressions and be an accurate thrower.”He did last week anyway. Snyder continued about what makes OSU difficult to play.“Their whole front seven is big and they play hard,” added Snyder. “So it is going to be a tough match up between the offensive line and tight end, fullback, all of us blocking and controlling the line of scrimmage.”This Saturday will likely be a change in pace for OSU fans. Kansas State has only run 529 plays which comes out to 66 a game whereas OSU generally runs 10 more than that. That’s scary for me because OSU will have to be super efficient.“It’s a little bit of a different game,” said Mike Gundy. “For us, we don’t want to change our game. We want to play our game. We want to be sound in all three phases, but the numbers are different just based on the number of snaps that Kansas State and the teams that Kansas State play get during the game.”Kansas State could very well knock off a ranked team like it wants to in Manhattan. It won’t be an upset though. Not with OSU’s history there. Not with the methodical, weary nature with which the SnyderCats play. In fact, a win here by the Pokes would be just as big as last week’s at home against West Virginia. Five quick stats on OSU.OSU will go into Saturday’s ranked for the 79th time in the last 110 gamesOSU is 50-6 in their last 56 games against unranked opponents (KSU is unranked)OSU is 42-17 in conference games since 2010OSU is 7-1 in its last eight true road gamesOSU is 1-8 in Manhattan since 1988Something has to give on Saturday where unranked Kansas State will be facing ranked Oklahoma State in a venue where Oklahoma State has one win since I was three years old.“This is a good challenge for us,” said KSU defensive back D.J Reed. “They’re ranked, we definitely want to be a ranked team. On offense they’re pretty good. One of their receivers — I don’t know his name — he’s a good football player. I think the Texas Tech QB was really good. But this guy is pretty good. He makes a lot of plays” 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.
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. Three-star defensive back Evan Fields, a rising senior from Midwest City, Okla., has named his top five schools which he released on twitter. Among his top options includes K-State, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Mississippi State, and Illinois.https://twitter.com/Evan4_/status/802273235131723776The Cowboys entered the conversation late in the recruiting process, and earned an official visit earlier this season which he took alongside well-known Cowboy signee Tramonda Moore, who is currently at a junior college.“That’s family,” Fields told PFB of his connection with Moore, adding that he “loved” his visit to Oklahoma State, and that “it felt like home”.Whether that’s by blood or by friendship, I don’t know. But Tramonda isn’t playing his cards close to the vest in recruiting Fields. Here’s what he tweeted at Fields after he released his top five schools.#GoPokes ? https://t.co/0PQ3nxLA6h— Tramonda Moore⏳™ (@TramondaMoore) November 25, 2016The caveat in Fields list, though, is the fine print at the bottom: List can change with new offers.Fields has had a monster senior year, and it took OSU surpsingly midway through the season before extending an offer — likely to make sure he was back to full health. Now, though, there’s chatter that Oklahoma could get involved late, even though an offer has not been extended. The Sooners seem to have several other prospects on their board, before making a decision on whether to pull the trigger on Fields or not.Oklahoma State recently added a commitment at safety with Texas’ Trey Sterling, but the Pokes also lost the pledge of Tyon Merchant, so Fields would likely secure that final scholarship at safety should he land on the Cowboys. With signing day less than 3 months away, it will be interesting to see if teams jump in late or if he elects to stay with his core 5.
X 2013 SCHOOLDRAFT PICKS BAYLOR32 2017 2015 XX KANSAS12 IOWA STATE10 OKLAHOMA STATE21 During Gundy’s 13 years as head coach, 21 Cowboys have been selected in the Draft. That’s six first-rounders, two second-rounders, one third-rounder, two fourth-rounders, one fifth-rounder, five sixth-rounders and four in the final round of the Draft.If we want to eliminate any conference bias, let’s just look at the draft picks for the teams currently in the Big 12 over that same span. X 2011 As last weekend’s NFL Draft dragged on, we waited patiently for a former Cowboy to hear his name called.Day 1 …Day 2 …Day 3.Finally, towards the end of Saturday, in the 6th round, Vincent Taylor heard the inevitable, yet overdue, ring of his phone and was informed that he would be selected by Miami. One round later, Chris Carson started packing his bags for the opposite corner of the country after John Schneider and Pete Carroll of Seattle made him their final draft pick of 2017.The lack of early-round talent (or draft picks at all) is not strictly an Oklahoma State problem. It’s a Big 12 problem. The conference finished dead last in the number of players drafted out of all Power 5 conferences — and it wasn’t close.2017 Draft PicksSEC – 53ACC – 42Pac-12 – 36Big Ten – 35Big 12 – 14In fact, the American Athletic Conference had one more draftee (15) than the flyover union and Conference USA wasn’t far behind with 9.Whether it’s due to a vast talent gap between the Big 12 and the others, or slanted perception — or both; you can’t argue with the numbers. Either perception becomes reality or reality influences perception.But at the very least, Oklahoma State has been one of the more consistent teams in the Big 12 when it comes to getting players drafted.Here is an interesting stat that shows current streaks of schools having at least one player drafted each year. Oklahoma State sits at nine straight beside Big 12 peers Baylor and TCU, as well as Utah and Alabama(?!)Active streaks of consecutive years with at least 1 player taken in the #NFLDraft. #GoBlue #FightOn pic.twitter.com/LCU3mUWRVq— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) April 30, 2017Obviously, this is just one stat. A technicality, really. Oklahoma State is not on par with Alabama in the terms of producing NFL talent. The Crimson Tide had 11 players declare for the 2017 Draft and 10 were selected — all in the first 4 rounds. OSU had two players drafted, both late on Saturday.Furthermore, OSU has had only one player taken in four of the last five drafts.Here’s a look at Oklahoma State’s draft picks since Mike Gundy took over in January of 2005. Granted, he took over immediately following the 2004 Alamo Bowl and that draft class was coached by Les Miles, but that is the number of draftees OSU is claiming for Gundy so we’ll stick with that. 2010X X KANSAS STATE20 2009X 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. 2007 2008 2006 2014X X X X 2016X TCU32 TEXAS48 WEST VIRGINIA34 X 2005XX YEAR1st Rd2nd Rd3rd Rd4th Rd5th Rd6th Rd7th Rd 2012X X TEXAS TECH19 It’s not top-heavy. It’s a landslide.Since Mike Gundy took the reins in Stillwater, his I-35 counterpart has sent almost 3 1/2 times as many players to the NFL. That’s over 5.5 picks per year to Gundy’s 1.6 average. Now this doesn’t completely nullify T. Boone’s gripe with the Bedlam record but it definitely casts another light on the series.But … recruiting is part of the job.There are reasons for the difference. It’s hard to recruit to Stillwater. You’re always competing with Oklahoma and Texas for a lot of the same recruits. And Gundy admits that he would rather leave a 5-star waiting if he has his eye on a solid 3-star with a good head on his shoulders.The Cowboys find their gems. Their Dez Bryants and Justin Blackmons. They get their Russell Okungs. They have a couple of potential first-rounders on their roster for this fall. The players then send to the NFL generally find a lot of success. They just don’t send enough of them.Will Mike Gundy ever average four draft picks a year? That would be quite a jump. Is this just as good as it gets at OSU or can the program even climb to that next level? Or will Gundy’s group of assistants continue to climb the recruiting rankings to a top tier status? That likely comes with continued and increased success in the win column.With all that being said, Oklahoma State just might have a shot at a College Playoff berth this year, if Gundy can exorcise his crimson demons. Not to mention, that might mean beating the Sooners twice. Does that mean it can’t get better? Or does it start from there?Mike Gundy is an enigma. He is both stubborn and stuck in his ways while also being both forward thinking and innovative. He is often simultaneously the butt of social media jokes (even as he’s in on them) and the unquestioned leader of a major college football program, a school and a fan base. He might be the most interesting man in college football.So we’re left to admire the coaching job he’s done and the culture he’s nurtured at Oklahoma State. We’re also left to wonder what else the program could be under Gundy.Oklahoma State draft picks during Gundy’s tenure2017Vincent Taylor – 194th overall (6th round)Chris Carson – 249th (7th round)2016Emmanuel Ogbah – 32nd overall (2nd round)2015Josh Furman – 252nd overall (7th round)2014Justin Gilbert – 8th overall (1st round)2013Joseph Randle – 151st overall (5th round)2012Justin Blackmon – 5th overall (1st round)Brandon Weeden – 22nd overall (1st round)Markelle Martin – 190th overall (6th round)2011 XX Kendall Hunter – 115th overall (4th round)2010Russell Okung – 6th overall (1st round)Dez Bryant – 24th overall (1st round)Perrish Cox – 137th (5th round)Zac Robinson – 250th (7th round)2009Brandon Pettigrew – 20th overall (1st round)2008No Draft picks2007Ryan McBean – 132nd overall (4th round)Corey Hilliard – 209th (6th round)2006Charlie Johnson – 199th overall (6th round)2005Darrent Williams – 56th overall (2nd round)Vernand Morency – 73rd overall (3rd round)Billy Bajema – 249th overall (7th round) OKLAHOMA72 XX
The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.2019 QB Grant Gunnell commits to Texas A&MOklahoma State’s top target at quarterback in the 2019 class, Grant Gunnell, committed to Texas A&M this week over OSU and dozens of other offers.Gunnell is rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country and a top-60 national recruit.“A&M feels like home to me,” Gunnell told Scout. “This university I love it, the academic side of it, I feel like even if I was not playing football I would want to go to it.”OSU and Mike Yurcich had been recruiting Gunnell from the jump and made a big impression on an unofficial visit in the process. But Mikey Y. must now move down his board that includes Grant Tisdale and Bo Nix.Big name recruits visit Oklahoma State for campAmong the heralded recruits who visited this week for camp were 2018 OSU quarterback commitment Spencer Sanders, 2019 defensive end target Marcus Hicks, 2018 safety commitment Kanion Williams, 2018 defensive tackle target and Ole Miss pledge Israel Antwine, and 2018 cornerback target Eddie Smith.Sanders has been a longtime firm OSU pledge; Hicks, a Kansas-area recruit, holds offers from a dozen schools including OU; Eddie Smith, a Louisiana cornerback, is tops on the OSU radar and could be nearing a decision soon.We’ll have more on Eddie Smith later this week. But just that list alone is a sign of a rising tide in Stillwater as the Class of 2018 continues its rise in the national recruiting rankings, with more potentially on the way.2018 WR Gabe Lemons offered by OSUFollowing an unofficial visit, 2018 wide receiver Gabe Lemons of Coppell reported a scholarship offer. Lemons is a 6-2 talent whose offer list includes Illinois, Air Force, Rice and Texas State.As you can see, OSU is now the 247Sports crystal ball favorite for him. As a junior last season, Lemons exploded on the scene with 616 yards, 43 receptions and 7 touchdowns.2019 WR Jeffery Carter offered by OSUAnother pass-catching talent offered this week is Jeffery Carter, a 2019 talent from Aledo. The 6-foot speedster has exploded in the past week with offers from Texas Tech, Illinois, Baylor and now OSU.Carter had 217 yards last season for Aledo but is bound for a big junior season for the Texas powerhouse. 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.