The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's OSU Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of today's chat.
Are there any running back prospects coming in that would provide depth if Joe Randle goes pro?
You've still got Smith, Roland and Muncrief, obviously. But I'm pretty sure you mean recruits. Corion Webster, a three-star prospect from Atlanta, Texas, is the only RB commit right now, but I'm sure coaches would like to add one more, especially if Randle goes pro.
With Michael Harrison and Tracy Moore coming back, we have a lot of depth at receiver. Do you think that drives anyone to transfer due to lack of playing time?
The chance of someone transferring is always there. I wonder if someone like Kevin Johnson wishes he hadn't left, based on all the injuries at WR this season. He could have become a starter this season, based purely on necessity. The good thing is a lot of those receivers are still young, so they may have to sit behind Harrison/Moore for one season, and then it'll be their time to take over. That's kind of the normal protocol.
So who's a person of interest to replace Bill Young, assuming he decides to call it a career?
I think first you have to look at the guy already on staff, Glenn Spencer. But as far as folks outside the program, it's obviously tough to attract big-time names to coach against Big 12 offenses. I've heard the name Gene Chizik thrown around, but in nothing more than a rumor sort of way, because he's available.
Do you see any let down from the coaches attitude for the up coming the bowl game and are they excited more on recruiting than they are about the bowl game?
That's a great question, and one I unfortunately won't be able to answer until about an hour from now. I wasn't at Friday's media availability because I was out of town for a trip I had planned for months. Anyway, coaches were definitely hardcore recruiting just after the regular season ended. Any coach or player is competitive and wants to end the season on a high note, though.
Who do you think will stand out in the bowl game?
I'm most curious to see the quarterbacks, obviously. Do all three play? Does the J.W. Walsh package expand? This obviously isn't a very exciting matchup, but I'm also interested to see and write about Robert Marve for Purude, just because of his wild story. And can this defense bounce back?
Any idea if local cable will be carrying the HOD Bowl for those of us without ESPNU?
Haven't heard of that yet. I'll have a story in Saturday's paper about what you need to do on each provider to upgrade and get ESPNU. For several, you can add it for one game and then cancel and it won't be more than $10 or so. Or, of course, you can find a sports bar or something to watch, though I don't know how many will be open on New Year's Day.
How are the ticket sales for the HOD bowl going?
Latest figure I just got is around 6,000. Being upset about the matchup and bowl and everything is certainly understandable. The bowl picking system is wacky and flawed and, at times, a complete joke. But it's what college football has. One of the most-anticipated nonconference basketball games being played the night before certainly doesn't help, either.