Welcome to the Friday edition of our Oklahoma State DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through the biggest headlines around Oklahoma State athletics.
Boone Pickens changes tune on Mike Gundy
T. Boone Pickens, Oklahoma State’s biggest booster, appears to have had a change of heart when it comes to football coach Mike Gundy and Bedlam. The Cowboys booster has been critical of Gundy’s 2-11 record against Oklahoma, but he said he liked Gundy’s chances against Lincoln Riley in a recent interview with The Oklahoman.
He doesn’t think Oklahoma State is far behind its in-state rivals, saying 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield was just a major roadblock for the Cowboys during an otherwise successful three-year span for Gundy. Now that Mayfield is gone, Pickens expects the Cowboys to gain control of the Bedlam series and he said he wants to be there when it happens.
2 Cowboys rank high in stacked NFL draft class
No quarterback-wide receiver duo entering the 2018 NFL Draft is quite as talented as the one Oklahoma State produced this year. Former quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington were ranked in the top 5 incoming NFL prospects among their respective position groups by NFL Network.
Rudolph was tied as the fifth-best quarterback in the upcoming draft with Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. He trailed USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Mayfield. Washington ranked No. 4 among the wide receivers, behind Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk and SMU’s Courtland Sutton.
Other headlines from the athletic department:
- Women’s basketball placed six student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team, announced by the league on Thursday. Jentry Holt led the way as a first-team selection and was one of four Big 12 players with a 4.00 grade-point average. Mandy Coleman, Kaylee Jensen, LaTashia Jones and Karlie Wheeler also made the first team, while Jaden Hobbs made the second team.
- Softball faces Tennessee and Florida Atlantic to open the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Foundation Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., on Friday. The Cowgirls will face Missouri and South Florida on Saturday and finish with Oakland University on Sunday.
- Baseball opens its 2018 schedule with a series with Texas State in San Marcos, Texas, on Friday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CT.
- Women’s basketball hosts Texas at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday. The game will be telecast on FOX Sports Oklahoma.
- Men’s basketball is at TCU on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Graduate transfer quarterback Dru Brown
— Dru Brown (@dbrownTNDO) February 16, 2018
Oklahoma State baseball
— Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) February 16, 2018
Former men’s basketball guard Jawun Evans
I'll be taking pictures, signing autographs, and meeting fans at the Los Angeles Athletic Club from 1-3pm tomorrow. Hit the link in my bio for more info. See you there Clippers fans. @lininghoops
— Jawun Evans (@j3vans1_) February 16, 2018
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