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Jenni Carlson Chat: Talking OSU's chances at 10 wins, Joe Mixon, Frank Shannon and Steven Adams

Jenni Carlson answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat on topics ranging from OSU's exclusion from basketball Big Monday to the difference between Frank Shannon and Dorial Green-Beckham. Here's the full transcript.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: August 13, 2014 at 10:11 am •  Published: August 13, 2014

Who are two OSU football players you see breaking out this year? 1 on offense and 1 on defense.
Jenni Carlson 11:10 a.m. Hmm, another good question. You guys are comin' strong today! ...
Jenni Carlson 11:11 a.m. If we're talking breakouts in the more national sense, I could see Kevin Peterson being the guy on defense who breaks out. People around here know him, obviously, but he is extremely talented but was completely overshadowed last season by Justin Gilbert. No Gilbert will give Peterson a chance to shine. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:13 a.m. On offense? My gut says that the wide receivers have the most talent and highest possibility to break out. But I'm just not sure how good the passing game is going to be. Inexperienced offensive line. J.W. Walsh still needs to show he can throw consistently. So, will those receivers get enough catches to really break out? ...
Jenni Carlson 11:14 a.m. Eh, I guess despite that, I'm going to go with Jhajuan Seales. Marcell Ateman strikes me as the better athlete, but he seems to have struggled with having that all-the-time intensity that you need in college football. So, I like Seales to become more of a household name.
Jiimmy 11:15 a.m. long as Texas is around, it would probably be impossible to lure Nebraska back to the Big 12, but what might be the odds of getting Colorado or Missouri to come back plus adding the Iowa Hawkeyes, get the conference back up to 12 teams. Who is Iowa's main rival in the Big 10?
Jenni Carlson 11:15 a.m. First of all, you're assuming the Big 12 WANTS to add schools. From everything we've been told, there is currently zero interest in adding schools. None. Nada. So, the chance of expansion right now, I would say, is currently zero. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:16 a.m. As for bringing back any of those schools, it's likely not going to happen. Nebraska is geographically better suited for the Big Ten. Ditto for Colorado in the Pac-12. Missouri isn't a geographic fit with the SEC, but the SEC money is significant, so Missouri has no incentive to leave. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:18 a.m. Iowa is a possibility, I guess, because of geography. But really, conference expansion nowadays is about TV sets. How many eyeballs can you get watching your games, particularly your football games? That's why schools like Louisville have been on the radar. Not great with viewership, but in football, a pretty decent draw.
Phil 11:18 a.m. When will OSU release the 2014 non-conference basketball schedule?
Jenni Carlson 11:19 a.m. I am at our office, and I just asked if anyone knew an answer to this question. All I got was crickets. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:19 a.m. I'd think we'd be close to hearing that info, but as to when, we haven't heard anything definitive.
Richard NYC 11:19 a.m. The fact the university suspended Shannon 1 year indicates they believe he is guilty of sexual assault. How can Bob Stoops allow him on the playing field? Does Bob not have daughters? Regardless, winning games is not as important as protecting a woman that was raped. Shannon should be kicked out of the university for good if they believe he is guilty.
Jenni Carlson 11:21 a.m. Lots of questions to chew on here. First of all, the school's decision to punish him does not equate to guilt in a court of law. As I wrote today, the standard for guilt in court is "beyond a reasonable doubt". In other words, the standard is high. With Title IX investigations, the school only has to be 50.1 percent sure. It has to basically be more sure that a sexual assault occurred than sure one didn't. Big difference there. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:22 a.m. Still, the school has obviously taken a position on this case. One year suspension. And like you, Richard, I can't believe Bob Stoops would play Shannon even if the courts say that Shannon should be allowed to continue. I assume David Boren, Joe Castiglione and Bob have had conversations about this very thing, but even at that, it puts the coaches in a very awkward situation. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:23 a.m. Say, for example, that Jordan Evans gets hurt. The depth behind him at that spot is extremely thin. And there stands Frank Shannon on the sideline. What do the coaches do? I don't know. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:24 a.m. And yes, Bob does have a daughter. High school age, I believe. Actually, now that I think about it, she might already be in college. Interesting irony there.
Thunder up 11:24 a.m. You think Steven Adams battles his way into the starting line up sometime this season?
Jenni Carlson 11:24 a.m. I do. I've said for awhile that I suspect Perk will start the opener, but I have a hard time believing that Adams won't play his way into the starting lineup at some point. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:25 a.m. The evolution and improvement that we saw in Adams just in the playoffs last season was impressive enough to make me think he'll be ready to start at some point this season. Quite a testament to the work he's put in and the teaching that he's gotten from the coaches.
hunter nida 11:25 a.m. more likely to happen, OSU wins or osu looses by 28 points against FSU?
Jenni Carlson 11:26 a.m. I'd say more likely that OSU loses by four touchdowns. I hate to say that. I want to be optimistic at this time in the preseason, but there are just too many questions about OSU for me to think it's more likely it wins than getting beat by 28. I hope I'm wrong. I really do.
Russ 11:27 a.m. I see the FSU game being a win-win for OKState. Big publicity coming into the season. Lose handily, it's what everyone expected, keep it close and we are better than people initially thought, win and suddenly we jump into the spotlight. Lots of similarities to OU-Alabama last year. Your thoughts?
Jenni Carlson 11:28 a.m. Could be. To me, the only lose would be a serious injury to an important player. Like if Ryan Simmons gets hurt. Ooff. There'd be no win-win in that scenario. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:28 a.m. But if there are no major injuries, maybe the benefits outweigh the negatives regardless of the outcome.
Grinch 11:28 a.m. did osu add too many seats during their stadium renovation? There's always a few empty sections...
Jenni Carlson 11:29 a.m. I don't think so. It seems to me that the areas that are most often sparse are the club levels. Those are more expensive seats, so they aren't always completely filled up. But other than that, I think the number is a good one for OSU.
Colin Miller 11:29 a.m. Do you think Oklahoma can win the Big 12 in Football and Basketball this year?
Jenni Carlson 11:29 a.m. Can OU? Sure. Will the Sooners? I'll say no. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:32 a.m. I've picked OU as my preseason football favorite, but in basketball, wouldn't we all be foolish to pick against Kansas? All that the Jayhawks seem to do is win the league in basketball every year. Until that trend is broken, I'm likely to pick Kansas every year.
zack 11:32 a.m. I don't see the big12 expanding. I think they are kind of playing chicken with the other conferences daring them to make a jump to 16(which may not work) and 10 may be the perfect size for a conference going forward. My question though is about Frank Shannon, did the District Court only rule that an appeal would be heard? Therefore Boren asked the State Supreme Court to get involved? How do you see this situation playing out? I believe the title 9 group over-reached here.
Jenni Carlson 11:33 a.m. The district judge issued a stay in the case, allowing Shannon to continue to be enrolled and to do football activities while the appeal makes its way through the system. A hearing was supposed to happen Monday, but Shannon's attorney didn't show, and the hearing was pushed back to, like, nine days before OU's opener. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:34 a.m. When that attorney didn't show, my suspicion is that OU was miffed. That's why they filed a petition with the supreme court to expedite things. They want a decision made, and the district court wasn't moving fast enough for them. Hence, the petition to the supreme court. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:36 a.m. I have no idea how this is all going to end. I'm not sure what you mean by overreach by the Title IX investigation, but it looks to me like the investigation did what it was supposed to. It determined that Shannon needed to be punished. That was the end of its duties. What is happening now is being done by the school in an attempt to enforce the investigation's findings and punishments.
groucho 11:36 a.m. is the victim in the Mixon case really ignoring investigators requests for an interview? heard this on a local station last night but haven't heard much else since.
Jenni Carlson 11:36 a.m. I haven't heard anything new. We reported last week that the investigation would at least go into this week. These things take time. Everyone needs to remember that.
jimmy 11:36 a.m. Jenni......will ESPN go out of business, off the air, if/when Alabama has it's first losing record in football in X number of years?
Jenni Carlson 11:36 a.m. I assume not.
Tbird 11:36 a.m. Any news on B Mayfield's chances of playing this year??
Jenni Carlson 11:37 a.m. Nothing new. Again, it's something that takes time. Everyone wants quick decisions in these cases, but what we all have to remember is that this isn't the only case that the NCAA is looking at. It has lots of these things to take care of.
Oksooner 11:37 a.m. Can we please stop talking about the sec and take care of big 12 BUSSINESS
Jenni Carlson 11:38 a.m. Can you stop talking about the SEC? I assume you will. Are we going to stop talking about the SEC? Likely not. That's the powerhouse conference in college football. No getting around that.
Guest 11:38 a.m. How in the world can OU justify allowing seeking a waiver for DGB and yet on the other hand punish Shannon for a similar situation? Seems like a double standard to me.
Jenni Carlson 11:39 a.m. Different situations. Shannon's case involves a sexual assault. Green-Beckham was an assault. Sexual assault is grounds for a Title IX investigation. Assault is not, even if that assault is male-on-female violence. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:40 a.m. It's the same deal with the Mixon case. It's assault, not sexual assault. So, OU will not have a Title IX investigation into the Mixon case, as near as I understand things.
Jenni Carlson 11:41 a.m. OK, folks, I've got to get a couple things done yet this morning. Thanks for all your questions. Really good stuff! And be sure to join OU beat writer Jason Kersey for tomorrow's Power Lunch live chat.
by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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