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Mike Sherman: Turnaround for OU starts with recruiting

by Mike Sherman Modified: September 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm •  Published: September 24, 2012

The Oklahoman's Mike Sherman took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Among the topics covered: OU's loss to K-State, what the rest of the season might look like for the Sooners, the keys to OSU taking down Texas this weekend in Stillwater, and the future of James Harden with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Read the complete transcript here.

OU-Kansas State was a horrible game, Mike. What do the Sooners have to do to get back into the national title picture?

The change has to happen in recruiting. There has to be a good mix of Oklahoma and Texas recruits for whom being a Sooner was something they dreamed of. Those are the guys who are beholden to the program and not the other way around.

Sure you've got to mix in Florida and California guys. Go get players where ever you can find them. Those three Muskogee guys who all washed out? That famed receiver class that included Josh Jarboe? These are the mistakes the Sooners are paying for now. That national title picture? They won't be in it this year, no matter what Landry Jones says. They're not good enough.

Your thoughts about OSU vs TX. Do you think OSU's defense will stop TX offense?

The question to me is can the Cowboys beat one of the Big 12's top two defenses with a backup quarterback. I'm picking Texas in a close one. I think OSU's defense can be successful, but the turnover trend seems to have ended. Texas has the best defense in this game, and OSU's diminished downfield passing threat (and it will be even if Lunt plays) gives the Horns the edge.

What are the chances of OU going to the national title game if they win the rest of their games?

Big, big, if. But I'll bite. The Sooners certainly have the games remaining to climb the ladder. Games with No. 9 (WVU), No. 10 (Notre Dame), No. 12 (Texas), No. 15 (TCU) gives you the rungs to climb. Again, a big, big if -- because I don't see them winning all those games -- but they could get close. I'd say yes if there was still a Big 12 title game because that would give them a shot at avenging that Kansas State loss. A home loss is difficult to surmount both for the perception and what it says -- you're not as good as you have been.

What is your prediction on Harden? I think he plays this year and in the offseason Presti gets the best deal he can in a sign and trade like maybe young players and/or picks.

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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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