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  1. Chris R.

    Apprrciate your perspective Ian. As a sooner fan I was initially puzzled a bit by this announcement but it is starting to make more sense. Looking forward to Riley and Herman getting the RRSO back to a preeminent game. Should become CFBs next great coaching rivalry.

  2. jobhr

    Beware Sooner fans.
    Ian’s praise for OU’s prospects has been a poison pill in the past (Trevor Knight and Blake Bell come to mind). I’d prefer to see him have to break down Sooner success at season’s end.

    DL, unlike for example OL, is a place where recruiting is probably more important than teaching. The relative ineffectiveness of Ruffin’s defenses at ECU is concerning. DL recruiting was particularly poor looking back at 247.

    If I’d had my druthers, I’d have gone after a LB coach to replace Kish. I’m tired of seeing LBs with poor run fits and lack of development of more than one move on blitzes.

    • ianaboyd

      “DL, unlike for example OL, is a place where recruiting is probably more important than teaching.”
      What’s your basis for that claim? I don’t see it that way at all.

      “The relative ineffectiveness of Ruffin’s defenses at ECU is concerning. DL recruiting was particularly poor looking back at 247.”
      How will it go when he’s recruiting from Norman though?

      “If I’d had my druthers, I’d have gone after a LB coach to replace Kish. I’m tired of seeing LBs with poor run fits and lack of development of more than one move on blitzes.”
      Yeah…I assume that if McNeil reports back to Riley that things on defense are a mess that Kish and Mike will both be shown the door. But Riley was going to get his own guy in the defensive meeting room first and then probably defer some of the choices about what needs to come next to Ruffin’s expertise. That’s my read at least, we’ll see if I’m right.

      If you don’t think Ruffin deserves to be handed the keys to the Oklahoma defense I could see how this would be very concerning, but I happen to think he’s pretty solid.

  3. Philly Frog

    Ian:

    You’re perhaps being a little PC here I think.

    Stoops The Lesser is a dead man walking, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he finds another gig by the end of July.

    Maybe as a ‘Quality Control’ hire for the Buckeyes.

    • ianaboyd

      That certainly wouldn’t surprise me, except the part where Ohio State hires him, but that’s just my read of the situation. I’m not going to boldly declare that’s going to happen without at least some kind of inside tip or stronger circumstantial evidence.

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