A new, national survey has identified a rise in the number of parents in debt due to back-to-school related costs.Well over a third of parents in Ireland (36%) now say they are getting into debt trying to cope with costs at back-to-school time.This compares with 29% who reported being in debt last year. The worrying findings were revealed in the study commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions. More than two thirds of parents in the study also said that they found back-to-school costs a financial burden. Nearly half (46%) said meeting costs was their biggest back-to-school related worry.Close to one third of parents said they would be forced to deny their children certain school items this year because they could not afford them. Extracurricular activities and new school shoes were amongst the items to be cut from the budget this year.Reacting to the findings, Gordon Randles, CEO of Letterkenny Credit Union said that the credit union is all too aware of the struggle for parents this time of year. “We do see parents approaching us around this time of year requesting assistance with either budgeting or saving for the back-to-school spend, or with taking out a loan to see them through.“It’s understandable that back-to-school costs are seen as a financial burden for so many when parents are paying out €999 for every primary school child, and over €1,300 for every secondary school child in their household. “At Letterkenny Credit Union, we offer a special Back to School loan with an affordable APR rate of 7.2%*. The loan is typically approved within 24 hours and there are no hidden transaction fees or charges. As always, we are happy to work with parents to structure repayments in a way that suits their individual circumstances.”One concern for the credit union was the finding that, of those parents who said they were getting into debt, more than a quarter (27%) said they had turned to a moneylender in an effort to cope with back-to-school costs. This was a noticeable increase on the 20% last year who had opted for a moneylender.Commenting on this finding, Gordon said, “I would really encourage these parents to reconsider approaching a moneylender, some of whom charge APR rates as high as 188%**.“This can lead to a recurring cycle of unnecessary debt and panic borrowing. Our welcoming staff are always on hand in the credit union to talk through borrowing options with any parent in the local community who might need assistance, whether they be a new or existing member, and equally if they have never dealt with the credit union before.“We are more than happy to assist anyone who might need a little extra financial assistance at this time of year.” * For a €1000, 1-year variable interest rate loan with 12 monthly repayments of €86.52, an interest Rate of 6.95%, a representative APR of 7.2%, the total amount payable by the member is €1038.23. Information correct as at 16/07/2019.** Central Bank of Ireland Register of Moneylenders, July 2018.-ENDS-For further information please visit our website: www.letterkennycu.ie or contact Letterkenny Credit Union on 0749102126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Letterkenny Credit Union urges parents to shun moneylenders at back-to-school time was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
SANTA CLARA — Rookie Nick Bosa is the first 49ers defensive lineman in nearly 15 years to win NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. In his words, he couldn’t care less.What Bosa did relish was the reaction from fellow Ohio State alumni for Monday night’s dismantling — and flag-planting celebration — against Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.“That was the real thing. We wanted some revenge there,” Bosa said Wednesday, alluding to Mayfield’s antics in leading Oklahoma over Ohio …
23 September 2015 The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has named the indie drama Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us) as South Africa’s entry into the 88th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The announcement came on Monday, 21 September.The movie, from first-time filmmaker Ernest Nkosi, is set in Joburg’s northeastern township of Alexandra. Its gritty plot follows the story of two siblings, Zanele and Thulani, who try to escape tragedy and poverty, and build a life together.But things are not easy for them. Along the way, Zanele starts an affair with an older “sugar daddy” and it strains her relationship with her overprotective brother, Thulani, who is also her guardian.Watch the trailer here:The movie has an all local cast. Emmanuel Nkosinathi Gweva played Thulani and Busisiwe Mtshali took the role of Zanele.Previous accoladesThe movie has already made an impression. It won the Audience Choice awards at two film festivals: the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and the 2015 Jozi Film Festival.It was also named Best Feature Film at the 2015 Rwanda Film Festival and made the cut for a screening at the 2015 Urbanworld Film Festival, taking place in New York City from 23 to 27 September.“It also enjoyed some success at the local box office, coming in at eighth position at the South African box office on the weekend of its theatrical release in July – the only independent film to make the top 10,” said the Gauteng Film Commission.The OscarsIf Thina Sobabili does get the nomination nod, it’ll join the ranks of other South African entries Yesterday, which was nominated in 2004, and the 2006 Oscar winner, Tsotsi.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will only announce the nominations for the 2016 Oscars on 14 January. The awards ceremony will take place on 28 February at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.Of course! So proud of the #ThinaSobabili team! Y’all r already winners:) https://t.co/TLsRBoJCe0— Vuyiswa Mutshekwane(@VieArem) September 22, 2015#ThinaSobabili is a really good movie. I hope they get that Oscar Nomination — Lesedi (@Lesedi_S)September 22, 2015SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — While at least some farmers are still trying to get into the fields, USDA is working to craft a $20 billion trade aid program for crops that largely have yet to emerge from the ground.Farm groups have pushed for higher aid for their own commodities, and the National Farmers Union wrote Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week asking that USDA base payments on historical production. That would be different from the Market Facilitation Program payments created last year that were specifically tied to production levels.With final planting dates for crop insurance quickly approaching, the formula used for trade aid could factor heavily in farmers’ planting decisions in the coming weeks.“I don’t know that we have ever seen a government-type of announcement like this in the middle of a planting season,” said Jonathan Coppess, a University of Illinois agricultural policy professor and former Farm Service Agency administrator. “To my knowledge, there’s never been one.”Corn planting was only about halfway finished as of May 19, according to Monday’s USDA Crop Progress report. Nationally, the top 18 corn states were at 49% planted acreage, 31 percentage points behind the five-year average. Soybean planting progress was at 19%, which is 28 percentage points behind the five-year average.With planting so far behind normal and continued heavy rain and flooding still in the forecast for the Midwest and Plains through the end of May, expectations are high that the number of prevented planting acres could be large.DTN’s seven-day forecast of precipitation projects 2-3 inches across a large swath of the Corn Belt and significantly higher amounts from Illinois to the west.“The row-crop guys aren’t going to be able to do more planting, and they may be forced to replant,” said DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson.Because of floods this spring along major rivers such as the Missouri and Mississippi, there are already farmers in states such as Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri that are not going to be able to plant a crop this spring. Their fields are still heavily flooded or full of debris. Farm groups representing those producers would like to see any trade aid based on historical production, as well.“We would certainly like to see those people who are unable to plant be able to participate in any kind of program as well, because they would be hurt as well,” said Jay Rempe, a senior economist at the Nebraska Farm Bureau. “That is definitely something they need to take into consideration as they design the program.”A lot of questions already have been raised about how the new program would work, Rempe said.“It’s unclear what kind of impact that will have on planting season or if they will structure the program like they did last year. There’s just a lot of uncertainty out there right now,” Rempe said.Brad Lubben, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska, said there are still a significant number of farmers who have to make late-planting decisions. The timing of details about a new trade-aid program could factor directly into those late-planting decisions.“But we’re still debating and wondering what it will look like, so we’re still disturbing planting decisions based on conjecture,” Lubben said.USDA’s press office did not respond to an email from DTN asking for clarity on when USDA expects to announce more details on the next round of aid.Ideally, USDA would come out quickly and say that a new trade program would be based on historical production and the rest of the details would be announced after planting season is over, Lubben said.“It appears everybody is expecting a very different calculation, something that would be spread across commodities,” Lubben said. “There are quite a few questions left to answer there.”Planting season has already gotten to the point that grain traders are questioning whether farmers can catch up. December corn has moved 24 cents higher in the past week and closed at $4.04 on Monday.USDA is creating a 2019 trade program even before opening enrollment and sign-up for the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage (ARC-PLC) programs under the new farm bill. Even before the trade situation, analysts expected farmers would shift heavily to PLC.“We’re already into PLC payment territory on the ’19 crop,” Lubben said. “So the downside is already covered for program crops on base acres at current price levels.”In USDA’s first look at the 2019-20 crop in the May monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates forecasts, the mid-level price for corn on the 2019-20 crop at $3.35 a bushel, below the $3.70 reference price. The mid-price for soybeans is $8.10 a bushel, which is below the $8.40 reference price. The wheat price for the 2019-20 crop is pegged at $4.70 a bushel, which also would be low enough for a PLC payment.Lubben said USDA may want to calculate the trade impact down to the reference price, and put a cap based on any ARC or PLC payments.A second round of trade aid was proposed on Twitter by President Donald Trump after the China talks stalled and there was a quick fall in commodity prices, as well as angry statements from leaders of various farm organizations. The conversation quickly changed into how as much as $20 billion in trade aid should be disbursed to farmers.“From the farm perspective, the timing could not have been worse,” Coppess said. “You still don’t know planting, insurance — any of that. It really complicates things at this point.”“The least problematic thing to do at this point would be to go on base acres and Actual Production History,” he said.Last year’s Market Facilitation Program came out with the bulk of payments for soybeans at $1.65 a bushel. With crop insurance providing a longer latitude for full coverage on soybeans, the theory goes that more acreage could go to soybeans, despite the large stocks.Rempe, though, thinks farmers struggling to get into fields will try to stick with corn as long as possible.“There will be some people who have the flexibility to adjust. But, for a lot of people, the decision on corn isn’t going to change unless the weather forces it,” Rempe said. “If they have got a chance to put corn in, my hunch is they are still going to try to put corn in, unless something comes up quick on the trade-aid package.”Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.com Follow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
About those old thermostats…The old thermostats, as I said above, operated on mechanical principles. In the thermostat shown below, a bimetallic strip expanded or contracted with temperature because of the different thermal expansion coefficients of the two metals. That strip was connected to vials of mercury. The vials tilted as the bimetallic stip changed size, and the mercury would either complete the circuit or cause the circuit to be open. The thermostat below has two bimetallic strips and four vials of mercury — two separate mechanisms for heating and cooling.When the mercury went one way in the vial, electricity flowed and the heating or cooling system came on. When it went the other way, the electricity didn’t flow and the HVAC system was off. Simple and elegant! That’s how we rolled back then.The downside of that simplicity and elegance was rivers on fire, smog that burned your eyes, and kids who weren’t wearing seatbelts getting thrown out of cars. Buddy Meyer was a friend of mine and Guy’s. The last time I saw him was the summer of ’73, right before my dad took me and my sisters to Leesville for two months. I remember Buddy, Guy, and I were riding our bicycles one day. Two months later, I arrived back in Chauvin and heard from my mom that Buddy was dead, thrown from his uncle’s truck when they crashed. We didn’t wear seat belts then. RELATED ARTICLES Ten Steps to Clean Up a Broken CFLLED Lighting – Efficient Illumination Without MercuryMaine Offers Mercury Thermostat Recycling Incentive Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. I was a kid a long, long time ago. Seems like it was another century … another millennium even. Wait a minute — it was another millennium!That was back in the day when we used to ride bicycles without helmets, apply mercury to our wounds, move seat belts out of the way (if the car even had them), and put our tongue on steel poles in the middle of winter. Of course, in Texas and Louisiana we just ended up with a bad taste in our mouth from those steel poles and wondered why people made such a big deal about it.It was so long ago that our grandparents had stuff in their houses that you’ve probably never even heard of. I loved going to Mammaw and Pappaw’s house because they had all kinds of cool, old stuff. Even better, Pappaw had a warehouse full of even older, old stuff and a shop for his business (Bailes Electric Co.) that had the most enticing stuff ever. Mercury and energyOld thermostats aren’t the only place you find mercury in the world of energy production and consumption. It’s also in fluorescent lights, both the straight tube and the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) forms. Both should be disposed of properly. Compared to thermostats, though, they contain a tiny amount of mercury.The largest single source of mercury is burning coal to produce electricity. “Coal-burning power plants are the largest human-caused source of mercury emissions to the air in the United States, accounting for over 50 percent of all domestic human-caused mercury emissions,” according to the US EPA.The moral of the story is that when old timers like me say that we were so much tougher back in the day, be sure to keep it all in perspective. Yeah, some things were better, but in other respects, we’re better off now. Mercury’s not something to mess around with. If you’ve got an old thermostat or dead fluorescent lamps, don’t just throw them in the trash. Mad as a hatterBack to those old thermostats now: the mercury they contain is a toxic material. When I was a kid back in the last millenium, we’d put it on our scraped knees. It was red and it stung like the dickens. (I’ve never been stung by a dickens, or even seen one, but I imagine it as a wasp about the size of a coyote with fierce looking, bloodshot eyes and a huge, poisonous stinger.) It came in little brown bottles with a screw top that had a built-in eyedropper. Mammaw called it mercurochrome. Now it’s banned by the FDA.Mercury, as it turns out, is pretty darn toxic. Dartmouth chemistry professor Karen Wetterhahn found out the hard way. She was working with dimethylmercury, one of the most toxic mercury compounds, and accidentally got some on her gloves. It went through, got into her blood, and she was dead in a year.Isaac Newton, known to have had a nasty dispostion and a bit of paranoia at one point in his life, is also believed to have suffered from mercury poisoning. Around the time he was doing experiments with mercury, he “accused friends of plotting against him, slept little, and reported conversations that did not exist.”And then there was Alice’s friend, the Mad Hatter. He wasn’t the only hatter who had mental challenges. Evidently it was common because of the mercury they used when felting the hats they made. The expression ‘mad as a hatter‘ may have its origin in mercury poisoning. Take that old thermostat you see below. It’s from 1941. Back then, nobody had any of this newfangled digital stuff with thermistors and integrated circuits. No, it was mechanical, and it worked. Random cosmic rays zipping through the device never threw things off, forcing you to reboot the system. If it didn’t work, you could take the cover off, find out what was wrong, and fix it.Now, if some piece of digital equipment doesn’t work, a technician hooks up a computer to the device’s computer then tells you they have to replace the innards — or the whole thing. There’s not much fixin’ anymore.My friend Guy Theriot posted the photo of that old thermostat on Facebook recently. Guy and I go way back. Although he lives in Minnesota now, he’s a Cajun. He was a friend of mine down the bayou in Chauvin, Louisiana, and we hung out together a lot in my first few years with the Cajuns. Playing with old equipmentFor example, he had voltmeter probes hanging down right next to an electrical outlet. Of course, I had to stick them in there. I don’t know how it happened, but my recollection is that I made sparks … and got in trouble.And then there was that fascinating lamp way up on the top shelf. It had a blue bulb, so I just had to plug it in and see how beautiful the light was. Got sparks that time, too. Old stuff is really cool!
The Congress on Tuesday alleged that the government’s approach to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was “weak, casual and ineffective” as it didn’t have any data on the actual number of illegal immigrants in the State. In an intervention during Zero Hour, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said that not all the 40 lakh people, who have not found a place in the draft NRC, were foreigners. Over 40 lakh people in Assam have been left out from the NRC, which is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in Assam. The second draft was published on Monday.“Despite spending around ₹1,200 crore and lot of efforts by officials, both the Centre and the State governments do not know the number of illegal immigrants in Assam,” said Mr. Gogoi. “The BJP’s approach to NRC has been weak, casual and ineffective,” he said.
Back at it with winners and losers from Oklahoma State’s huge win over Kansas State over the weekend.Kyle PorterWinner: Bob Bowlsby — How lucky is the Big 12 that it has gotten a de facto title game in almost every season since it went to the round robin schedule? With Oklahoma State’s win, that dream is still alive this year as the Pokes and Sooners hurtle towards a clash in Norman on December 3.Loser: Kansas State’s defense — We get all bent out of shape about Glenn Spencer and Co. How do you think KSU fans feel? Their team gave up 10 (!) yards a play on Saturday to Mike Yurcich’s often-maligned offense. On a day when OSU gifted them a win, they couldn’t take advantage of it.Also: They became the first team to give up at least six and a half rushing yards per carry to Oklahoma State since Iowa State in 2013.Winner: The Jumpman brand — Just look at all this free marketing from serial big-play-maker Blake Jarwin.They don’t call @Jaws_47 #AirJaws for nothing‼️ He even casts his own #jumpman logo when he goes up 4 the ? ???? pic.twitter.com/KKUxlK3PkK— Jason McEndoo (@JasonMcEndoo) November 7, 2016Kyle CoxWinner: Blake Jarwin — He had a career game in only two catches. His 96 yards were the most of any OSU TE since Blake Jackson in 2012. And he had added to his collection of MJ poses.Winner: Mike Yurcich — He really has had a good year regardless of those stuck on hating him. He called a wonderful game against WVU and followed it up with a good one in Manhattan. Those two interceptions made a big dent in how this one looked.Loser: The Purple Wizard — This was the one of those games Bill Snyder doesn’t lose in his own “Family Stadium.” As Kyle Porter pointed out this is the first loss in 26 when he wins the turnover battle at least 3-1.Loser: Barry J. Sanders — Barry actually had a couple of really good running plays but that muffed punt. Yeesh. Not to be too harsh but punt returning is his main job at this point. Can’t have those types of mental errors.Sam AldrichWinner: Air Jarwin — Blake hauled in two huge catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, including a 54-yarder. Jarwin is not often used in the passing game in the offense, but made some huge plays to help the Cowboys steal a win they probably shouldn’t have on the road.They don’t call @Jaws_47 #AirJaws for nothing‼️ He even casts his own #jumpman logo when he goes up 4 the ? ???? pic.twitter.com/KKUxlK3PkK— Jason McEndoo (@JasonMcEndoo) November 7, 2016Ed. note: We all love Blake Jarwin.Loser: Glenn Spencer — I was flabbergasted at how easily the Wildcats ran the ball up and down the field. QB Jesse Ertz ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns all by himself, and overall, the Wildcat offense ran for 345 yards on 56 carries!The Cowboys should have loaded up the box and dared Ertz to throw and beat them over the top, but instead played back and got manhandled all day long. The poor game plan from Spencer almost cost the Cowboys a valuable win, and his job feels less secure each week. Here comes Patty Mahomes!Carson CunninghamWinner: QB1 — He is becoming the quarterback OSU fans hoped for when he showed flashes of brilliance as a baby-faced freshman. The dirty little secret was he didn’t play as well on the road (10 TD, 10 INT before Saturday) but he erased that narrative with his finest performance outside of Payne County.Sure, he still misses the easy throws while dropping 50-yard dimes but when it’s all said and done, he may be the best QB to sit on the neon palm throne.Loser: Glenn Spencer — The tide is turning. Twitter used to feature incessant “FIRE YURCICH!” tweets, but the focus is shifting dramatically to Spencer.The frustration is warranted. The lack of preparation for K-State’s one-dimensional offense, combined with the lack of adjustments was simply maddening. How do you not stack the box and dare Jesse Ertz to beat you? It was baffling.When you look at OSU’s players on defense – they look the part – but the results this season do not reflect it.Winner: Sugar Loaf Daniels — He went the distance! How high will Spencer jump up and down watching this on film? I think Darrion Daniels earned some carries with those wheels!Now I’m dreaming of a Check Engine Light backfield. Think about it: Vincent Taylor running the option on the goal line, flicks it to Sugar Loaf for the touchdown. Make it happen, Mikey Y. 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.
TV ratings for OU and OSU football telecasts are down significantly since 2013, the highest-rated season in recent years. Early kickoffs and FS1 telecasts have hindered the school’s ratings. OSU’s average rating in kickoffs before noon this season, excluding Bedlam, was 12.7. The Cowboys’ four FS1 telecasts averaged just 11.4. FS1, which launched in August 2013, is in fewer homes than ESPN and ESPN2 and is generally not competitive with those networks in the ratings. [NewsOK]The Thunder also likely play a role here (you only have so much screen time in you, right?), but this will also be part of the narrative when The Ringer publishes a 16,000-word oral history of the Big 12’s demise in eight years.Kansas on Thanksgiving?Berry Tramel notes that while all the 2017 Big 12 games are currently slated on Saturdays, some of them could potentially be moved, including OSU-Kansas.The Nov. 25 games that could be moved a day earlier, to Thanksgiving Friday, are West Virginia at OU, Kansas at OSU, Baylor at TCU, Iowa State at Kansas State and Texas Tech at Texas. The Longhorns for many years have reestablished their tradition of playing on Thanksgiving night or Thanksgiving Friday. [NewsOK]Sitting for four hours in the freezing cold the day after Thanksgiving to watch OSU-Kansas?Colorado DC hired to OregonColorado is losing the leader of its best unit right before the bowl game.Leavitt joined Mike MacIntyre’s Colorado staff before the 2015 season. In MacIntyre’s first two seasons at Colorado, the Buffaloes had gone 6-18 and allowed 38.6 points per game. Then Leavitt showed up to fix the defense, and his presence paid dividends right away. [CBS Sports]Also, this is nuts.How great a job did Jim Leavitt do at CU? Buffs ranked No. 8 in fewest yds per play. 2 years ago, before Leavitt arrived, CU ranked No. 120.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 14, 2016Highlights from last night.More PFBSpencer Sanders junior highlights.More Stuff I’m ReadingEvan McMullin on the Keeping it 1600 pod was great … A look at OSU’s early enrollees … Five thoughts on OSU’s win over APB … Notebook on the APB game … OSU jumps to No. 21 in 2017 basketball recruiting rankings. 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. Where does Vegas rank Oklahoma State?Barely in the top 25.While analytics certainly affects the betting markets in 2016, the closing spreads also consider a vast array of subjective knowledge about football. People who invest in the betting markets watch football and make the appropriate adjustments. This inclusion of subjective knowledge is most interesting in evaluating teams like Penn State who have greatly exceeded their preseason expectation. We’ll see how the Nittany Lions rank below. [Football Study Hall]Vegas also has Penn State at No. 20. I vote that we start using this method to determine our playoff teams because why not?OU’s prioritiesAn evisceration.Do I think David Boren hates women? No. Do I think Joe Castiglione hates women? Bob Stoops? No and no. But they’re doing a damn poor job of showing people how they really feel. Instead, they’re sending a message to all women that is so clear it might as well be on the giant new video board everyone is so proud of. We. Don’t. Care. [OU Daily]I still think Mike Gundy booting Tyreek as soon as he found out the details is one of his most underrated great moves.The Best Big 12 performances of 2016No. 5 on the list is Mason Rudolph against WVU.This wasn’t Rudolph’s highest-graded game, or even his second-highest. But it makes it this high on the list because of the opponent. West Virginia was unbeaten going into this game and had gotten that record by shutting down opponents’ passing attacks. All Rudolph did was go 26-for-32 on aimed passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns in leading his team to a 37-20 victory. He didn’t make a single dangerous pass all game. In fact, of those 32 aimed throws he was only downgraded on a single one, missing in front of his receiver. He picked apart the Mountaineers when they blitzed him, completing 12-of-17 passes for 130 yards and all three touchdowns. [PFF]I would have ranked his Kansas State game ahead of this, but he was pretty awesome on Homecoming.TV Unkind to Bedlam foesSome pretty startling numbers here for OSU and OU.
The Oklahoma State spring game gave a glimpse of OSU fans what they could see in the upcoming 2017 season. Although the game plans of most spring scrimmages are fairly conservative, only using a handful of base plays, there were still some notable things that one might have noticed during the game. Here are three most noteworthy play observations in the Spring Game.Three Down/Four DownThe OSU defense has committed to using a more varied personnel in 2017. The Cowboys used some three-down fronts last season, and the recent hiring of Brian VanGorder has solidified their commitment to three-down sets. The Cowboys have clearly worked on three-down formations in the offseason. They used a nickel set on multiple occasions with the rush backer on the left side taking place of the end (most defenses will put their best pass rusher on the quarterback’s blind side).They also used a nickel set with two rush backers on each side and three lineman spaced between.This is a good sign for Cowboy fans. Last season, they used three-down sets conservatively, bringing it out in likely pass situations. There was little variety, but it makes sense considering they started using it mid-season. Now, they’ve added variety, and it’s not just for prevent situations anymore. Expect three-down sets to play a bigger role in the Cowboy defense next season.Y AlignmentA number of Cowboy fans thought that the OSU offense would minimize the cowboy back position in 2017 considering how many talented receivers they have. If the Spring Game was any indication, it’s not necessarily that the Cowboys aren’t using the cowboy back anymore.Rather, they’re adding more variation to the back’s alignment. The Orange team, for example, lined cowboy back Keenan Brown all over the field, often playing in the backfield, as a tight end and as a flexed receiver all in the same drive. The Black team did the same with Dawson Bassett on the first couple of drives.The Cowboys showed formations with the tight end flexed in the slot in both two-by-two and trips formations; in the latter, the cowboy back aligned on the line of scrimmage in both the inside slot, known as “trey” alignment, and in the outside slot, known as a “trio” alignment (terminology varies).When used correctly, flexed tight ends can be a headache to cover. If the strong-side linebacker plays the flexed end head up, then he leaves the box susceptible to the run. But if he stays in the box, then he has to leave the end uncovered before the snap which gives the offense an advantage in the passing game.If done correctly, this formational versatility should give opposing defenses headaches throughout the upcoming season, especially considering how quickly the Cowboys operate. Four-receiver sets are effective, but the use of a tight end in this fashion has its advantages as well.QB Run GameThe Cowboys’ run game looked slightly different than last season’s in the spring game. It almost appeared as if they reverted back to their 2015 ways. They put a big focus on the outside zone out of the shotgun, with no use of the pistol (which, as we’ve talked about before, allows backs to utilize their vision better in comparison to the shotgun).They used inside runs with a wing tight end, but there weren’t any available running lanes because of the extra linebacker in the box due to the tight end’s presence. Their only successful play was an inside zone read. Mason Rudolph converted a 4th-and-1 with it in the game’s first drive, and the play was used in the latter half of the game to open up holes up the middle for the running backs.This play is an example of something the Cowboys never do enough of, and that’s to run against a six-man box. Yes, cowboy backs can help in the run game, but they can also help spread a defense out as well. This play also signifies the possibility of using Mason Rudolph in the run game more in 2017. Could we see more plays like this? That’s currently unclear, but the Cowboys consistently used this play throughout all four quarters.The Spring Game in its entirety was fairly lackluster, as OSU fans should come to expect. Gundy isn’t one to show too much before the season starts, and rightfully so. Although the scrimmage itself wasn’t all that special, the game was telling of what we could see in the future. 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.
It was bound to happen eventually.Oklahoma State has officially lost their first commit of the 2018 class. Earlier today, 3-star tight end Nic McTear announced he was de-committing from the Cowboys and opening up his recruitment.“Nothing negative against Coach Gundy and the Oklahoma State coaching staff, I just need a chance to see what all is out there as I find the best fit for me,” he said on Twitter. “I’m announcing my de-commitment from Oklahoma State and opening my recruiting back up.”McTear was the third pledge of the 2018 class when he picked the Cowboys back on February 6th. Since then, however, his recruitment has picked up significantly, adding seven more offers from TCU, LSU, Auburn, Miami, Colorado, Baylor, and Houston to bring his total to 13.AdChoices广告While he does not say OSU is out of the running, I don’t expect to see McTear sign with the Cowboys on signing day next year.The likelihood of OSU not losing a commit at somepoint was slim. That’s not a slight against OSU or McTear for that matter. It’s the way the game is played. That’s what happens with 17, 18 year old high school kids who are getting bombarded from every angle by teams, coaches, friends, and family with ideas about where they should attend college.With the loss of McTear, OSU now has 16 commits for 2018. Expect to see the coaching staff now focus on finding another tight end recruit to fill McTear’s spot before national signing day. 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.