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Mike Sherman: OSU's special teams couldn't stop K-State when it counted

The Oklahoman's Mike Sherman took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chats. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
Oklahoman Modified: November 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm •  Published: November 5, 2012

The concussion certainly gives you pause. The way he was reacting on the sidelines was scary in light of what we now know about concussions. Previously we might have thought nothing of it, but this is serious stuff and Oklahoma State will handle it as such. That said, if Lunt passes the post-concussion tests and emerges with no symptoms I expect him to play again. As for his erratic play, good programs find ways to confuse inexperienced players.

It's no one's fault, but with so much tumult at quarterback for Oklahoma State, wouldn't this be a good time for Gundy to just go with Chelf the rest of the season?

I kind of addressed this earlier. I'd answer that this way: Clint Chelf and the Cowboys are fortunate he didn't quit after he lost the offseason quarterback derby to a couple freshman. There had been reports that Chelf considered quitting and didn't. I'm sure he's glad now that he didn't because the Cowboys would be probably starting a walk-on (Jace Chilcoat) against West Virginia.

What's wrong with Russell Westbrook? He's been awful.

Westbrook got off to a rough start last season, and the wait/weight of a contract extension delayed by the NBA lockout was clearly impacting him. I seem him alternately pressing (on offense) and not pressing (on defense). Not a great combination. I thought his defensive effort last night was bad until the shot went up. His rebounding is a hidden asset. He hasn't played well.

Do you see OU losing any more games?

I thought OU at West Virginia was going to be the game of the year in the Big 12, but the Mountaineers clearly don't have the kind of talent it takes to compete defensively in the Big 12. Still, the Sooners could lose in Morgantown. They'll be favored, but they could lose. OU should be favored in it's remaining games. I'd say 80 percent chance the Sooners win out, with the improved secondary play being the most convincing factor to me.

How good/bad is Baylor?

On defense, really bad. I don't know about historically bad. Remember those 616 yards Baylor rolled up last season against Oklahoma. The Sooners could return the favor.

Trading Harden was Sam Presti's riskiest move, but to me it's the other new guys who are more questionable. What is the Thunder going to do for a backup center? And has anyone noticed that the starter has looked bad through three games? What if OKC ends up amnestying Kendrick Perkins anyway? Will make the loss of Harden even more galling.

Darnell Mayberry wrote about the Thunder's center predicament today. Here's that story. He thinks OKC's title hopes depend on Kendrick Perkins and keeping him healthy. My problem with Hasheem Thabeet is I just don't see him doing anything out there past throwing the ball inbounds after an opponent's basket. Is that the other new guy(s) you referred to? Dumping Perk makes no sense to me if you think the Thunder will have to face Memphis, the Lakers, Clippers or Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs. All these folks who want to amnesty Perkins should go back might want to consider those likely matchups. The James Harden question will hang over this season, but let me propose this possibility: What if James Harden sought the opportunity as much as the money? Houston has given him a responsibility he would never have gotten in OKC, even if Sam Presti had lost his mind and amnestied Perk.

Will Mike Stoops ever be a head coach again?

My buddy Todd Schoenthaler, son of Iowa and part-timer in The Oklahoman Sports department for two decades, wants him to replace Kirk Ferentz at Iowa. Intriguing.

Is Josh Heupel doing a good job as OC at Oklahoma, in your opinion?

Not bad, considering the offensive line injuries. I think he and Jay Norvell should get bonus points for stirring in so many new wide receivers and turning a question mark into a positive. I'd give him a solid B.

Is Danzel Williams still on the OU roster?

Still on there.

OU-Baylor prediction?

I'll go with 52-27.


by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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