The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Read the entire chat recap here.
OSU's starting QB next year?
The million dollar question!
My head says Chelf, but my gut says Lunt. I guess I'll go with my gut. Ultimately, I suspect the promise of Lunt will win out. Plus, I suspect the coaches will worry that Lunt might transfer if he isn't the starter. And that would put them behind the eight ball.
That said, I wouldn't be surprised if Chelf is the guy instead. He has just plugged away. Don't see that changing. Consistency is something that could end up being really appealing to the coaches.
Is the Big 12 seeking a title game? What do you think the coaches think about that, specifically Gundy and Stoops?
First of all, I'm not surprised that the Big 12 wants a football championship game. Those things are a total cash cow. The networks pay handsomely for the broadcast rights. The only surprise is that the Big 12 didn't push for an exemption to get a title game earlier.
As for what the coaches will think, I don't pretend to have any great insight into their thinking. But I believe Bob Stoops has said in the past that he doesn't mind a title game as long as other conferences have them. Most conferences do now.
What do you think of Osby's chances of playing in the NBA?
I'd say slim. He strikes me as a guy who would go to the D-League first. Who knows? He might work on his game and develop into a guy who an NBA team would pick up.
But right now, his all-around game doesn't look good enough to translate to the NBA, and he doesn't do any one thing well enough to jump off the page. Like if he was a lock-down defender, that might sway a team. But right now, he hasn't shown to be a specialist either.
What's your prediction about how the OKC Thunder fan base will handle the transition when this great ride near the pinnacle of the NBA is over?
No doubt the cycle will turn downward at some point. It happens everywhere.
But I do think that the Thunder has a franchise model that is akin to the Spurs. They might not be a title contender every year, but they are set up to be a playoff team every year. That keeps people in San Antonio very, very happy.
I could see that being the case in OKC. The Thunder contends every now and then but gets to the playoffs almost all the time. But even if that doesn't happen, people here seem very invested in the team. They won't stomach a bottom-of-the-standings team for years, but I don't see them straying much if there's a year or two that's not great.
What are your thoughts on Tom Wort's chances of making it in the NFL? Will he even be drafted?
Seems unlikely to me that he'll be drafted. Frankly, I'm not even sure he'll be signed as an undrafted free agent.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I just don't think he's big enough or fast enough to play in the NFL. It strikes me that he might be a guy who has a long career in the Canadian Football League. I'm not trying to be mean, but I just don't see him as an NFL-caliber guy.