The Oklahoman's Oklahoma State basketball and football beat writer John Helsley answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports On which player will fill the void left by the suspension of forward Darrell Williams: The heaviest burden now shifts to Matt Pilgrim. And of late, he's showing signs of breaking out of his extended funk. Two solid games in a row. He's playing with more energy, which is always the question with Matt. Beyond Pilgrim, Roger Franklin will have to provide depth. And Jarred Shaw could see his minutes increase. On the team moving on without Williams: 10 days ago, the question wouldn't have been as pressing, with Williams struggling with major inconsistencies and falling into frequent foul trouble. But the light seemed to be going on for Williams, seen in his strong play against Mizzou and OU. If Pilgrim gets close to the player he was at the end of last season, I think the Cowboys can remain in the race for an NCAA spot. If not, don't like their chances. On OSU men's basketball coach Travis Ford's job status: I can't imagine Ford's job is in jeopardy. His teams have made the NCAA Tournament in each of his previous two seasons (after a drought) and remain in play for a spot with a rebuilt team this season, despite losing his starting point guard a few games into the season. The "trouble" is basically limited to these charges against Williams. On running backs coach Kasey Dunn The word is he can really recruit, which is typically the No. 1 asset of any good RB coach. Great RBs are born, not developed. I like what he has to say so far, with his emphasis on competition determining playing time one of the things that made OSU's WRs so good last season. That was a big thing with Holgorsen. Playing time was based on how you practiced, which kept guys pushing through the season.