Goule maturing, wants more

first_img “Yes, she took a big step, and that’s great,” he affirmed, “and it’s at the right age, right maturity level, right focus, and we just got to keep that ride going to next season with the World Championships coming up and the Olympics and World Championships.” Her other big goal is to see Jamaica become powerful in the middle distances. “She would love to see 800 metres and up being one of those events that when you talk about it, Jamaica, it’s almost like sprints,” Elliot revealed. The vision is that her record run will inspire others. “It, hopefully, gives some inspirations to younger athletes that are in the high-school system at home and realise, ‘Hey, 800 is an event, too, and we can get there,” he said, “and there’s some of them who have stuck to the 400m who can say, ‘Maybe I can jump up and run 1.58’, and all of a sudden, you find another world beater in the group, and that’s the contribution she wants to make.” BIG STEP Six-time Jamaica 800 metres champion Natoya Goule has two goals. She wants to win medals and to help Jamaica become a world power in middle distance running. That’s the view of her coach, Mark Elliot, who believes that the next cycle of big championships will arrive at the perfect time for Goule. The former Manchester High School, South Plains Junior College, Louisiana State University (LSU), and Clemson University star stepped forward this year with personal bests indoors and outdoors, and Elliot believes there’s more to come from her. “If you plot the graph on Goule’s ascendancies, where she is,” analysed the Clemson head coach from his office on July 18, “she never descended. She was just stagnant at the two flat, 1.59 level, but she’s one of the most consistent.” The 27-year-old Olympian first broke the two minutes barrier in 2013, and this year in Paris, she cut Kenia Sinclair’s national record, one minute 57.88 seconds, to 1.57.69, and further to one minute 56.15 seconds in Monaco on Friday. Elliot, who has coached her since her days at LSU, says that she is maturing just in time for the 2019 World Championships, the 2020 Olympics, and the 2021 World Championships.last_img read more

Autocross returns with second round Feb 24

first_imgDrivers will then embark on Official Heats runs from 09:30 onwards.Throughout the day spectators will be kept in touch with fast and furious racing and results by a public address system. Refreshments will be available at reasonable prices. The format for the event will be a two car track whereby drivers will cover the same distance in simultaneous action.The 2WD Turbo, 2WD Non Turbo and 4WD Turbo classes will be the main crowd pullers with drivers anticipated to roar round the challenging black cotton gravel in a series of power slides, jumps and tear away bursts of speed along the short straights.The Pee Wee Class which is the newest Class on the KCB sponsored series and Bambino are expected to also treat spectators to some exhilarating displays of racing artistry. The diminutives in the two classes for small underpowered machines will be cheered on by fans while they go through their heats.Shaz Esmail in past action. Photo/COURTESYOfficial racing will feature four heat runs of which the best of three will count in the final classification with the Fastest Time of the Day (FTD) earning competitors two bonus points on the championship log.After the season-opening KCB Simba Autocross 1 in Mai Mahiu, drivers are itching to rev with 2WD T leader Kunal Patel from Nanyuki and his main rivals Imran Hakada and Shaz Esmail expected to return in their “Attacker 1” buggies. 2WDT leader Zameer Verjee will drive a Rage Buggy.Leader Illiyun Mughal, defending champion Yuvraj Rajput and Tesvi Soni are the drivers to watch in Bambino Class. Kiana Rajput and Tsirav Sink will also resume their fight for Pee Wee Class points.Posting of results will take place after the last heat with Prize Giving scheduled to happen after confirmation of results.KCB KENYA NATIONAL AUTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 STANDINGS AFTER RD1 CLASS 1 – 2WD NON TURBO1 Zameer Verjee 222 Sameer Mehboob Nanji 173 Rajveer Singh Thethy 154 Sahir Mughal 145 Albert Kigen DNS 0CLASS 2 – 2WD TURBO1 Kunal Patel 222 Imran Hakada 173 Nazir Verjee 154 Shaz Ismail 145 Shalien Mughal 13CLASS 4 – 4WD TURBO1 Sahib Omar 222 Jackson Wandeto 17CLASS 5 – OPEN1 Imran Hakada 222 Shelien Mughal 173 Hamza Anwar 154 Kirit Rajput 14CLASS 6 – QUAD1 Wayne Fernandes 20CLASS 7 – BAMBINO1 Illuyun Mughal 202 Yuvraj Rajput DNF 03 Tsevi Soni DNF 0CLASS 9- PEEWEE1 Tsorav Soni 202 Kiana Rajput NE 0NE – Not Eligible for pointsDNF – Did Not FinishDNS – Did Not StartDNE – Did Not enter0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zameer Verjee in past action. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 16 – The KCB Kenya National Autocross Championship returns this weekend with the second round set for Nairobi’s Jamhuri Park race circuit on Sunday, February 24.The event, organized by Kenya Motor Sports Club (KMSC) will begin with Signing On and Scrutineering from 7:30am followed by Drivers Briefing at 8:30am and Official Practice at 09:.00.last_img read more

Recreation center next on Palmdale parks plan

first_imgAmong the remaining elements of the “vision” plan promised to residents are covers for the pools at Marie Kerr and Oasis to allow from year-round activities. “We’re a couple of years from seeing the vision completed,” Ledford said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A recreation center that can double as an emergency shelter during a disaster will be the next major component of Palmdale’s “Vision for the Future” parks development plan. Palmdale is looking to get moving this summer on a $6.5 million construction project to build the 17,000-square-foot recreation center. The price tag includes construction of additional restrooms for the park’s amphitheater and making drainage improvements. “There are some significant improvements coming,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. The recreation center will be similar to one that opened in October 2005 at the Oasis Park at Avenue S and 40th Street East. The center will contain a gymnasium big enough for a regulation basketball court, a dance and fitness studio with wood flooring, a youth game area, a lounge, a kitchen and a multipurpose hall that can be divided into three separate rooms. City officials opted to make the center capable of serving as an emergency shelter or as an emergency operations center in the event of a disaster. The city now uses a training room in the administration building as the emergency operations center. About $1.5 million of the construction costs are for the restroom project. The city has wanted to move forward with the restroom project ever since the amphitheater opened in 2005. Restroom capacity at the amphitheater was reduced in order to keep the project within the available construction budget at the time. City officials put the restroom project out to bid last year, but bids came in too high for the project to go forward, about $475 a square foot. This time the bids came in at about $344 a square foot, according to Tim Hughes, the city’s deputy director of public works. The center is part of the city’s $43 million plan to create two “superparks,” the new Oasis Park on the east side and the expanded Marie Kerr Park on the west side. The park construction is largely funded through an assessment approved by property owners in 2002. The city has completed much of the plan already, including opening the Dry Town water park and the amphitheater at Marie Kerr. last_img read more

Hull City BOOST! Tigers star set to return from injury next month

first_img1 Hull City have been handed a boost with the news defender Moses Odubajo should return from injury next month.The right-back suffered a nasty knee injury in the Tigers’ first pre-season friendly against Grimsby, which has prevented him making his Premier League debut following promotion from the Championship.He was a key figure in the Tigers’ rise to the top flight, and the 23-year-old is finally training outside again.Returning to match action will be a massive boost to manager Mike Phelan, and Odubajo plans to be available for selection before November is out.“It’s a huge boost to be going back outside to work every morning. I feel like a footballer again, even though I’m not back to the playing stage yet,” he told the club’s official website.“We have a fantastic medical team here and it feels like a blessing to be back to the stage I’m at now. I’m progressing really well and I think I’ve got about another month to go. Hopefully by the next international break I’ll be in and around things, which is good.“I went to see the surgeon last week and he gave the all-clear to get back outside with no real restrictions. It’s a case now of trying to get back to where I was before in terms of fitness and taking it from there.” Moses Odubajo plans to be available for selection by the end of November last_img read more

Tottenham pre-season fixtures: Friendlies against Real Madrid and Inter Milan

first_img GETTY FAREWELL update LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS 2 Tottenham are set to face Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus this summer Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Mauricio Pochettino and co also lost 13 Premier League games last season but still finished fourth while their Champions League exploits were nothing short of incredible before the final.Tottenham are now looking to the new campaign and have drawn up their plans for their pre-season schedule.Spurs currently have five friendlies in their diary starting in Asia with games against Juventus and Manchester United. OFF Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested rookie error 2 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ latest Tottenham then head to Germany for the Audi Cup where they’ll face Real Madrid first and then either Bayern Munich or Fenerbahce the day after.Pochettino’s side round off their preparations for the new season with a home match against Inter Milan in early August.The new Premier League season then gets underway on August 10 and Spurs kick off their season by hosting newly-promoted Aston Villa. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions appointed statement Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham will take on some of Europe’s best this summer BIG PRESENTS UP TOP TROPHY Tottenham suffered Champions League heartbreak last season to end their topsy, turvy campaign.Spurs lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 after their dramatic season at Europe’s top table. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Fixtures confirmed so far:July 21: International Champions Cup, Juventus, National Stadium (Singapore) – kick-off at 12:30pm UK timeJuly 25: International Champions Cup, Manchester United, Hongkou Stadium (Shanghai) – kick-off at 12:30pm UK timeJuly 30: Audi Cup, Real Madrid, Allianz Arena (Munich) – kick-off at 4pm UK timeJuly 31: Audi Cup, Bayern Munich or Fenerbahce, Allianz Arena (Munich) – kick-off TBCAugust 4: International Champions Cup, Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London) – kick-off at 3pm UK time GETTY last_img read more

The Key Considerations of Performance Management

first_imgThe theory behind performance management is simple enough: Align the personal and professional goals of your employees with the strategic goals of your organization, and you’ll be in a far better position to achieve ongoing success.Performance management encompasses the setting of these goals, and the monitoring of employees and departments to ensure that objectives are being met in the most effective way possible.At the end of the day, no company can succeed without committed, dedicated employees that understand their role in the organization. A good performance management strategy can give these individuals context, and provide them with the motivation they need to deliver bottom-line results for the business.However, many organizations are still struggling to successfully design and implement a performance management strategy that meets their business goals.With that in mind, NGA.NET has published a new infographic that surmises the key considerations of performance management. It has been designed to provide you with an easy overview of the reasons why performance management is important, as well as what steps you can take to ensure your performance management strategy succeeds.How do I execute a successful performance management strategy?As the infographic shows, one of the most important considerations in any performance management initiative is that the strategy must align with wider business goals.In order to achieve this, HR departments will need to collaborate with executives and senior decision makers to ensure they understand company priorities and key target areas. Furthermore, they should also be discussing future plans and initiatives, to ensure the resources are in place to meet these goals.Make your performance management strategy fact-based and concise, built on information rather than instinct. It should provide your department with an easy method of analyzing where performance is lacking and where it is thriving within the business, so that proper action can be taken.Finally, remember that performance management is not a one-off initiative – it is an ongoing exercise. You should be regularly reviewing the engagement and performance of employees to ensure that standards have not slipped across the business.last_img read more

SHRM Foundation Annual Conference Scholarship Testimonial: Jatisha Marsh

first_imgIn 2015, the SHRM Foundation awarded SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition scholarships to HR professionals from each of the five regions of the U.S.—the Northeast, Southeast, North Central, Southwest Central and the Pacific West. Jatisha Marsh was the southeast award recipient and attended the SHRM 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition.Jatisha Marsh, SHRM-CP, is an Employee Performance Analyst for Atlanta Public Schools, and she is on a mission to change the achievement gap between low-income and affluent students in Atlanta.Meet Jatisha:The question that has driven my career for nearly the last nine years is, “who will speak for the children?” In 2006, I left a career in the corporate sector when I learned about the achievement gap between low-income students and more affluent students. I joined Teach for America and spent the next eight years teaching. My current position as a Performance Analyst allows me to impact change on a larger scale and ensure that students have the most effective teachers in their classrooms. I took a significant cut in salary to pursue a career in education; I have yet to earn as much as my first job after graduation. Once I started my education career, I felt inundated with negative messages regarding public education. I continually have to remind myself of my purpose, to ensure every child receives an excellent education. A few years into my career in education, Atlanta Public Schools, my employer, was rocked by a widely publicized cheating scandal. The former head of human resources admitted to wrongdoing. The district is in the process or rebuilding and regaining public trust. A scholarship will allow me to learn HR best practices that will help me ensure the district does not repeat past mistakes.Steve Wynn, Wynn Las Vegas, stated, “Human Resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s the thing that runs our business.” I think this statement rings truest in the education sector. I am in the business of rallying people to develop college and career ready students. My career goal is to become a Chief Human Resource Officer for a school district or a college… common practice in one sector can be innovative in another.  The conference is an opportunity to seek mentors outside of the education sector in order to bring innovation to the education sector.***A donation to the SHRM Foundation impacts HR practitioners of today through scholarships and HR practitioners of tomorrow through research. Donate today!last_img read more

Pedestrian dies after College Ave. crash

first_imgA pedestrian has died after an accident on College Avenue near the Mizzou campus.Police say Logan Warnecke, 21, tried to run across S. College Ave. near Bass Ave. at about 7 p.m. Friday. He got hit by a car.Warnecke was pronounced dead at a hospital. Investigators say it appears drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash, and they’ve made no arrests.last_img

A virus is taming Australia’s bunny menace, and giving endangered species new life

first_imgFor more than 150 years, Australia has been plagued by rabbits. First introduced by an English settler as hunting fodder in 1859, the European rabbit population soon ballooned to an estimated 10 billion, contributing to extensive environmental damage and the extinction of some native species. Over the past century, biologists tried—and largely failed—to stem the tide with fences, poisons, and pathogens.Now, an accidental approach seems to be taming the invasion. Since scientists unintentionally released a deadly rabbit virus in 1995, it has wrought havoc on the bunnies—and allowed some endangered native mammals to recover, according to a new study in the journal Conservation Biology.Ironically, Australia’s viral progress began with a mortifying error. Government researchers were experimenting with the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) on Wardang Island, off South Australia’s coast, when renegade flies picked up the pathogen and transported it to the mainland. Luckily, the containment failure became a smashing success: The virus eradicated an estimated 60% of Australia’s rabbits, acting with particular lethality in arid areas. The government officially released the disease in 1996.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)As RHDV spread, researchers documented encouraging ecosystem changes. Native vegetation bounced back, and populations of large herbivores such as kangaroos increased.Still, no one was quite certain how RHDV’s advance was affecting some groups of animals, including Australia’s small desert mammals. Several rodents, such as the dusky hopping mouse and the plains mouse, had nearly vanished during the rabbit takeover. So had the crest-tailed mulgara, a hamster-sized marsupial that preys on lizards and insects. Both the dusky hopping mouse and the plains mouse are considered vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the mulgara is listed as endangered in South Australia.Recently, however, scientists have noticed hints of a startling comeback. Driving through the desert at night, for instance, biologists now “see dusky hopping mice in your headlights everywhere,” says Reece Pedler, an ecologist at the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. “It’s become pretty clear that something major has changed.”To get a clearer picture, Pedler and colleagues pulled together 45 years of mammal trapping surveys conducted by the state government, mining companies, and nongovernmental groups. When they compared records from before and after RHDV’s arrival, they found that small mammal populations had skyrocketed in the years following the introduction of the rabbit virus. The crest-tailed mulgara increased its “extent of occurrence”—the area in which a species has been sighted—nearly 70-fold. The dusky hopping mouse and the plains mouse more than tripled and doubled their occurrence, respectively.The surveys suggested that RHDV deserved credit for the resurgences. South Australia’s small mammal populations tend to boom after heavy rainfalls, but Pedler notes that the biggest recoveries happened in dry years. Correlation may not equal causation, but, Pedler says, “everything is pointing toward the reduction in rabbits” as the cause of the rebound.The findings fit with what other biologists are seeing. According to Brian Cooke, an ecologist at the University of Canberra who was not involved with the new study, “there have been remarkable changes in arid zone vegetation since RHDV was released 20 years ago.” Cooke’s own research has documented ecological benefits in a different suite of species: When he removed rabbits from experimental plots, he observed recovery in kangaroos and wombats. “With data for small mammals pointing in the same direction, it is making an even stronger case” for the benefits of RHDV, Cooke says.Why would a bunny bust lead to a native mammal boom? Pedler offers two explanations. First, the end of rabbit overgrazing allowed native vegetation to grow back, providing food and shelter for mice and mulgaras. But that’s not all. When Pedler and his team poured over the trapping records, they observed precipitous declines in rabbit predators such as feral cats and foxes. The virus had likely rippled through the food web, starving these invasive predators, which had been devouring native species along with rabbits—a chain reaction called a trophic cascade.Australia annually spends millions of dollars removing cats and foxes, which are responsible for most of the country’s mammal extinctions. According to Pedler, however, further viral introductions offer an efficient ecological alternative to traps and poisons. “Cats and foxes could be controlled much more cheaply, at a much larger scale, by removing their rabbit prey,” Pedler says.Thanks to RHDV, the small mammals now recovering from the rabbit menace may qualify for downgrading on IUCN’s “red list.” And viral control could soon become even more effective. Later this year, Australia plans to unleash a new strain of RHDV, which is expected to work better in moist climes. “Rabbits are so ubiquitous they are just regarded as part of the background by many people,” says Cooke—but perhaps not for long.last_img read more

10 Thoughts on Oklahoma State and Central Arkansas

first_imgGundy: “I don’t know if we’ve had two blocked PATs since I’ve been here. I’m not happy with that at all.” #OKstate— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) September 13, 20159. Jimmy Bean and J.W. are unsung and wildly importantTheir respective counterparts (Emmanuel Ogbah and Mason Rudolph) get the glory and the headlines, but old bros Bean and Walsh are going to be two big reasons OSU has a big season (if it has a big season). Bean gets so many opportunities opposite No. 38, as does Walsh when OSU gets inside the red zone. The Cowboys ranked No. 109 in the country last year in red zone TD percentage — that’s something I hope Walsh can help change as the season chugs on.10. These things can fluctuate significantly from week to weekI’ll have some more notes later on tonight, but I’m still not sure we learned anything we didn’t know before this game. The defense is really good (probably). The offense is average to above average (probably) and OSU will be 3-0 going to Austin (hopefully).Here’s the thing we’ve learned in general with college football — looking at you, Auburn — teams can change significantly from game to game and even quarter to quarter. OSU looked in the first half like a team that would struggle with Kansas later this year. In the second half, it looked more like a team that could at least be competitive at the top of the Big 12.I’m not prepared to give up on what this offense could be quite yet. As Oklahoma State moves away from the air raid and towards, uh, something that isn’t really the air raid, I get excited about letting a defense that seems up for the challenge take over games. Was Saturday a good time watching college football? Nah, not really. But this team has some fun characters and some outstanding players.2012 should have taught us not to buy into FCS games too much. Nobody got hurt and Rudolph seemed to find his gallup in the second half. On to UTSA.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! BOX SCOREMrs. Pistols and I have been trying to plan a mini vacation recently. This is difficult for two reasons. The first is that the PGA Tour has like three weekends off over the course of 11 months (I tried to exaggerate that but I’m not sure that’s actually an exaggeration). The second, of course, is because of OSU football weekends.All that to say, in retrospect we should have planned it for this weekend because FBS-FCS games are disgusting to me (#RememberSavannah).As such, I’m reticent to make any broad, sweeping conclusions about what this OSU team is or isn’t because I have no idea if Central Arkansas is better or worse than OSU just playing its second team in practice.But still, there was enough action (or lack of action) to have a few thoughts about the Pokes’ 32-8 win over UCA. Here we go.1. The offense got a free passHere’s what disappointed me about the way Oklahoma State’s offense showed out in the first half. First of all, Samford (!) toasted UCA to the tune of 28 points in the first half of last week’s game. OSU could only muster 10.Second, you pretty much know your defense is holding UCA to 14 points or fewer. So why do you come stumbling out of the gates like a wounded racehorse with these sideline screens and backwards passes? Don’t you use this game to say “man, how good can we be? What gear can I open this thing up to?” and then use that as a sort of barometer for the rest of the year?Especially when you know UCA is out there not letting Chris Carson and Rennie Childs beat them.Gundy: Too many penalties. Missed about six passes. UCA’s defense was essentially “stop run.” Defense was excellent. #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 13, 2015You don’t get any more free passes this season, and it felt like this one was a little bit wasted on the offensive front. Like, we get that Mason Rudolph can throw a bubble screen. Taylor Cornelius can probably throw a bubble screen. But can Rudolph hit Jalen McCleskey on a deep slant? Can Jeff Carr run a wheel route? Do you feel better about a jump ball with Brandon Sheperd or Marcell Ateman?At one point in the third quarter, Central Arkansas put 10 men in the box at the goal line, and OSU proceeded to shove a handoff to Rennie Childs who got promptly blistered and put on his backside. I’m the most novice of football bystanders, but even I could tell that was going to be a disaster. What are you even trying to do there? It was like trying to force the USB cord into your computer over and over even though you know it’s wrong because you’re so frustrated you put it in the wrong way again.I don’t know if that’s a Mike Yurcich thing or a Mason Rudolph thing, but it’s not anything I want to see again. I’m not saying you come out and run four verts every down. That would be silly. But dare to dream a little bit, guys. Dare to drop 40 on a FCS team that got torched by Samford last weekend.2. We need to talk about that Chris Carson leapI feel like more often than not when people rave about athletes jumping over other athletes, it usually turns out that Athlete A jumped over Athlete B while Athlete B was bent over and essentially the equivalent of Spud Webb if Spud Webb was slouching a little bit.Not so here. That’s a 6’0 cornerback and Carson goes for the whole dang thing (and gets it).WHAT WAS THAAAAAAT#okstate pic.twitter.com/NKZFaHuhIE— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 13, 2015Speaking of Carson. Is there a worse person on the roster to throw swing passes out wide to? Like, would we be better off throwing swing passes to Vincent Taylor or Chris Carson? Just something for you to think about the rest of the weekend.3. Mason Rudolph’s second half was on pointThere have been 1,065 games in Oklahoma State history, Saturday’s was just the 12th in which a QB has thrown for 400 or more yards. Rudolph was downright lousy in the first half, overthrowing everybody but the cheerleaders in the back of the end zone (and if Yurcich would have called a pass play inside the red zone, he probably would have overthrown them as well). Mike Gundy said as much at halftime.Mike Gundy at halftime: “We have to throw the ball better.” What does Rudolph have to do? “I’m not sure, he just needs to hit those passes.”— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015So Rudolph corrected things to the tune of 7/9 for 194 yards and 2 TD second half.“My feet weren’t right,” Rudolph told Fox Sports Southwest about the first half. “Had some feet issues with some balls being high. But the whole offense made some good adjustments and corrected things in the second half.”4. Is David Glidden elite?That’s tongue in cheek, but Glidden was outstanding on Saturday night collecting four receptions for a career-high 145 yards and 2 TDs. That was his first ever (!) 100-yard receiving night.Mason Rudolph’s first TD pass in Boone Pickens Stadium (of very many). pic.twitter.com/rHLD2YmazP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 13, 2015Somebody asked me last week why I didn’t think Glidden was a go-to receiver for OSU. It’s not so much that I think he couldn’t be. It’s just that OSU has so many dudes (12 of them caught passes on Saturday) that I’m not sure he’s definitely your guy when you’re down 10 in Morgantown here in a few weeks. Maybe I’m wrong. Either way, I love him.https://twitter.com/pistolsguy/status/642885294082002944/photo/15. (Don’t) Fire YurcichI got a lot of this during the game. I get where it’s coming from, really, but Mike Yurcich isn’t going to receive a pink slip anytime soon. Especially not a few games into a season.#FireYurcich @pistolsguy, You still behind him?— Wes Cyrus (@wes_cyrus) September 13, 2015I have less of an issue with the end output Oklahoma State is showing and more with how it is getting there. It’s almost like it’s trying to be a hurry-up team that is fine with scoring 25-35 points a game no matter what team it’s playing. That’s great against Central Michigan and Central Arkansas. It’s going to give Mike Gundy nightmares once the Big 12 starts.I’m going to write about this more next week, but it’s time for us to start adjusting what we should expect from an offense that isn’t really running the Dana-Monken air raid we grew so accustomed to. That’s not Mike Yurcich’s problem as much as it is ours.His problem is that this offense seems to have not found its soul yet. Either you’re an eff-you air-it-out attack (see: Waco, TX) or a grinding, efficient machine that posts a proper points per possession number and turns games over to its defense (see: Tuscaloosa, AL). This team, so far, is neither.6. I’m in love with OSU’s defense (so far)It’s early, and OSU still hasn’t played anybody, but the front line of the defense has been unbelievable. We always knew the secondary and linebackers would be solid to very good, but this really can be an elite D if Emmanuel Ogbah and Co. keep playing like they have been so far in September.I listened to Tony Dungy talk the other day about how he would rather have J.J. Watt than Rob Gronkowski because football is all about how much you can pressure the quarterback. A high-powered defensive line negates the most important parts of an offense in its offensive line and QB. OSU’s has done that so far.It’s really not fair. Emmanuel Ogbah is a monster. pic.twitter.com/MFltlzPW8R— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015Again, I don’t want to project this onto the next 10 games, but we have to look for some bright spots with the way the offense has looked over the first eight quarters and the defense has provided them.It’s a strange thing to expect to hold teams to 20 points or fewer, but until we get into the Baylor-TCU portion of the schedule, that’s exactly what I expect.7. Run blocking is absolutely appallingThis is part of the reason I’m hesitant to crucify Yurcich. I’ve watched my kids block the door to their room at bedtime better than OSU’s offensive line did at times on Saturday night.Gundy: “I’m not pleased with the way we’re blocking right now.” #okstate O-line continues to be a problem.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) September 13, 2015Granted, Central Arkansas pretty clearly was shutting down the run, but I wondered at one point during the game if Chris Carson was wishing he’d gone and backed up Nick Chubb instead of trying to stiff arm six guys on every run play to the outside.8. Grogan Groganed again?I’m not sure about the first, but the second one was an offensive line issue. Either way, this should literally never happen, much less on two straight extra points. Can you imagine if it was to tie a Big 12 game in the 4th quarter instead of a couple of pointless kicks against Central Arkansas? My gosh.last_img read more