airberlin axes long-haul as carve-up talks continue.

first_imgOfficials hope 80 per cent of the airberlin workforce will stay employed. Photo: Christian Brinkmann/airberlin. Bankrupt German carrier airberlin will cease long-haul flying by October 15 as leasing companies progressively withdraw widebody Airbus A330 jets.The airline on  Monday cancelled its Dusseldorf-Los Angeles service and said it would axe its Hamburg- Munich and Cologne/Bonn- Munich services from September 29.The moves come as the board is negotiating to carve up the company between preferred bidders Lufthansa and Britain’s easyJet.  Among those also bidding was British Airways parent IAG.Talks are set to continue with the suitors until October 12 and the parties are not revealing the purchase price. However, German media have reported creditors expect the sale to realise 250-350 million euros.“Further adjustments to the flight plan will follow in the coming days,’’ airberlin  said in a statement. “Stable flight operations are a prerequisite for the successful completion of the forthcoming transactions and subsequent transfer into new ownership.”Officials overseeing the break-up of Germany’s second biggest carrier hope that up to 80 per cent of employees will stay in work as part of the deal.They said  an offer from Lufthansa for turboprop arm  Luftverkehrsgesellschaft Walter (LGW), the Austrian holiday airline NIKI and parts of airberlin would save several thousand jobs.EasyJet’s offer to take over some of the airberlin fleet “will also create job opportunities for new employees’’.“We are on the way to achieving good job prospects for around 80 per cent of our colleagues with our bidders,’’ said airberlin chief executive Thomas Winkelmann.“Furthermore, there is currently great demand for qualified employees on the labour market.“The Federal Employment Office will therefore inform our company headquarters in Berlin about available vacancies.”Airberlin entered administration after loss-making Gulf carrier Etihad, which owns almost 30 per cent or the carrier, refused to stump more cash. It was kept flying thanks to a 150-million-euro German government bridging loan the administrators are now optimistic can be repaid.Lufthansa has indicated it would take about 3000 of the airberlin’s workforce of more than 8000 as it looks to secure more than 70 single-aisle planes, including 38 it already leases.However, the chief representative from administrator Kebekus and Zimmerman, Frank Kebekus, cautioned that the carrier had “not yet achieved the aim of the negotiations”.In what appeared to be a move to short circuit any backlash from staff, Kebekus warned any move to threaten the stability of flight operations would endanger the negotiations.Almost 200 pilots called in sick at short notice earlier this month, causing the company to cancel 110 flights.Insolvency administrator Lucas Flother also rejected suggestions that politics had played a role in the in selecting investors as “completely absurd’’.“In fact, such attempts would be pointless and inconsequential,’’Flother said. “I would simply not allow such a thing to happen.’Bids for  airberlin technick, the carrier’s maintenance arm, are due by October 6 and several parties are said to have expressed interest.last_img read more

Augmented Reality (AR): AR Apps and Gadgets to Supercharge Vision

first_imgAugmented Reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes digitally generated images over real-world ones. Digital elements can include animations, sound, graphics, GPS data or 3D models.  In film, the merging of real world video with animated characters is nothing new, but being able to create real-time composite images is something that is.In fact, it could be big.  Tim Cook called the implications of Augmented Reality “profound”.Analysts predict that the Augmented Reality market will grow to a $120 billion market by 2020, significantly bigger than the Virtual Reality market which is expected to be $30 billion in 2020.Jay Wright, president and general manager at Vuforia, said that “now a salesperson can go from having a brochure to a full-scale, 3D model that sits in someone’s office. It becomes a valuable tool for selling consumer and industrial products… Companies are evaluating AR across the board. It’s a technology with a ton of promise and potential, and what we’re seeing now is enterprise customers trying to understand exactly how and where it works.”last_img read more

Speaker Profile: Intel’s Ayse Ildeniz, On How Women Will Fuel The Wearables Market

first_imgadriana lee Tags:#Curie#Intel#MICA#smart jewelry#smartwatches#wearable devices#Wearable World Congress 2015#wearables Wearable World Congress, ReadWrite’s signature annual conference in San Francisco on May 19-20, will feature the key players who are shaping wearable technology and the Internet of Things. This series profiles some of the experts who will be speaking at the conference.Women may be underrepresented in technology as a whole, but they’ll loom large for one of its hottest niches, wearable devices. The way Intel’s Ayse Ildeniz sees it, “women—as consumers, as well as designers and creators—will have a huge role to play in the wearables market,” she told me. As vice president of Intel’s New Devices Group and general manager of Strategy and Business Development, Ildeniz has a front-row seat to the emerging wearables movement. Intel itself makes body-worn devices, like the Mica smart cuff, as well as components powering other companies’ “smart” accessories—from jewelry and smartwatches, to smart glasses and other products. Buy tickets now: Wearable World Congress, May 19-20Many of the gadgets we rely on focus more on function than form. That may work for devices we carry in our bags or pockets, but everything changes when you strap it on your body. Suddenly, those products become more than tools; they become extensions of ourselves, and it will take more than a coat of paint to make people want to wear it. Tech makers need to shift perspectives—from a focus on pure functionality, to a new ethos that gives design equal (or even greater) priority. The female point of view, says the executive, is critical to that approach. Ildeniz will join us for Wearable World Congress this month to discuss the role of women in wearables, but here’s an excerpt from an early conversation I had with her. From your standpoint, what exactly is the role of women in wearables? Let’s first define the wearable as we’re speaking about today. I think wearables are really personal things that we put on our bodies. What you choose to wear is a very personal decision—like what kind of bag you use, what kind of glasses you put on your face, what clothing you prefer, what kind of watch you choose. When we did some research, we saw that people wanted not just functional and comfortable things, but aesthetic things. So for women, it’s probably much more important as compared to a man—in the sense that they’d like to carry things that they identify themselves with, that they are proud to wear and that they think are beautiful things. See also: Intel’s MICA Bracelet Just Might Be Smarter Than Your Average SmartwatchSo, from that perspective, I actually think women—as consumers, as well as designers and creators—will have a huge role to play in the wearables market. You see the types of devices that are coming to the market being much more fashion-conscious, more astute in the aesthetics, which is very good. Because the more they are, the more accessible and easier it will be for women to adopt these things. Women bring a whole new element into electronic devices. Wearables are so personal, you easily can identify it with the types of people it tries to cater to. [It’s] really a different game-changer in the consumer electronics industry. I would say that for the first-time, aesthetics are very, very important. Have wearables served women well or let them down? What can companies do better? The devices we have seen for over two years now have been rather technological—geared more toward males than females. From that perspective, function has been at the forefront. Also, they’ve been brought to market by technology companies. At Intel, we’re creating beautiful accessories with our partners, but that happen to be supported by technology. There is a very big difference between the two: trying to make a technical thing prettier by changing its color, and taking [accessories] that exist and putting in technology to make it smarter. I’ll give you examples: The ultimate is the Mica smart bracelet. We got together with Opening Ceremony, Barney’s and the CFDA [Council of Fashion Designers of America], and we built this thing from scratch with our partners to make sure that the aesthetics were the number one concern—how a woman would carry that, how they would look wearing it—and that it would also fit their daily needs, which is to help them stay in touch with their loved ones. It’s a pure communication device. I remember the first time that we unearthed this device in New York City. From the tech journals, we got these articles that said, “Wow, but you cannot really type on this thing, so what is it good for?” or “You cannot talk to this device. I want to talk to my bracelet”—which I thought was funky. I don’t know any woman who would want to talk to a bracelet. See also: Intel, Luxottica Team Up To Create Ultimate WearableSo, from that perspective, it shows you that the industry is still very, very technical and function-oriented, rather than usage model-oriented. Who is the audience that would make the most of this thing?There’s a big difference in how we perceive it. We’re trying to push that by bringing partners that are game players in this space—like Oakley or Luxottica, which does most of the eyewear in the world. Or working with Fossil which, again, have very big iconic brands that they do watches for. We work with them on how to make their brands and products smarter out in the market. It’s a very different approach than what’s out there. Just putting the customer first, putting their aesthetics or function first, and then worrying about how the technology should serve that. Mica smart bracelet from Intel and Opening CeremonyWith the Mica, the display sits on the inside of the wrist. That’s a very different approach than that of smartwatches and many other wearables. Is that where this usage-oriented strategy shows up?Absolutely. I think Opening Ceremony should take credit for that. They are the ones who told us…because initially, we suggested two screens, on the outside and the inside. And they said, “You know what? The women that we sell to, they don’t want anyone knowing that they’re wearing a technical thing on their bodies.” If possible, they’d like to hide that. If anything, they don’t want anyone to show or see their SMSes or messages that come to these devices. So, they asked, “Can we hide it?” We said, “Yup, absolutely we can.” And we took away the screen at the top. It was such an easy and eye-opening conversation. There are a number of things we went through with them. The bracelet was much more rectangular and much thicker. During the engagement of our engineers and their designers, the number one topic for months and months had been, “Can you please make this rounder? And can you please make this much thinner?” It was their requirement, because as a woman, I need to use my bracelet everyday and I need daily functions. If it’s too heavy and too thick, I can’t do them. So, all these simple and obvious things that we’ve listened to and learned from our partners showed us the way. And I think that is the future for this industry. If it is to take off, it not only has to be pleasing from an aesthetic perspective—incorporating beautiful, different materials into it and [offer] quality of design and look, which are very, very important—but besides that, it’s the usage. What are you actually going to do with it? With a bracelet, do you really need to go play games? Do you need to download videos to a bracelet? Or is it just simply communicating and getting messages in your hurried life? It does a couple of things wonderfully. And that’s it. That’s what we’ve followed. See also: Meet Curie, Intel’s Brand-New Wearable ProcessorThe button-shaped Curie processor from Intel, announced at the Consumer Electronics ShowIt seems like more companies are paying attention to both form and function. For Intel, is that where the company sees its Curie (compact processor) fitting in?We’re very excited about that. When it comes to the market this year, all these designers, creators and innovators will be able to take this chip, and do what you or I can’t imagine today. Different form factors, different functions, it will be truly revolutionary. That’s what I think is going to happen.To hear more from Ayse Ildeniz and other innovators and experts, register for Wearable World Congress 2015, May 19-20 in San Francisco.Photos of Ayse Ildeniz, Mica smart bracelet and Curie processor, courtesy of Intel; young women in tech photo by Todd KuleszaUpdate: After this conversation, Intel reorganized some of its internal departments, including its New Devices Group. The move puts wearable tech chief Mike Bell into another position within the company, according to a spokesperson. We’ve reached out to Intel for comment, though it hasn’t offered any further statement on this matter. However, given that the Internet of Things has become a growth sector for the company, it’s not likely to pull back on this area, or its related connected technologies and wearable devices. Ildeniz remains in her current post as vice president.  How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…center_img The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Related Posts last_img read more

Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

first_imgTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the IRS’s position on the deductibility of prepaid 2018 property taxes before lawmakers on January 30. In addition, the IRS issued more guidance on the centralized partnership audit regime. The Service also released additional guidance on withholding.CongressHouse lawmakers heard renewed calls for regulation of unenrolled preparers at a January 30 hearing on tax administration. A bill proposed by House Democrats would authorize the agency to regulate unenrolled preparers.TreasuryMnuchin defended the IRS’s position on the deductibility of prepaid 2018 property taxes on 2017 tax returns while testifying before lawmakers on January 30. He did not signal any change in the IRS’s position.IRSPartnerships. The IRS supplemented proposed regulations implementing the centralized partnership audit regime. The new proposed rules address how and when partnerships and their partners adjust tax attributes to take into account certain partnership adjustments (NPRM REG-118067-17; TAXDAY, 2018/02/02, I.1).Withholding. The IRS has extended, from February 15 to February 28, 2018, the effective period for 2017 Form W-4s that employees furnish to their employer to claim exemption from withholding. Further, employees claiming exemption from withholding for 2018 can temporarily use the 2017 Form W-4 until 30 days after the 2018 Form W-4 is released (Notice 2018-14).Passport Certification. National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson directed the IRS not to certify some delinquent taxpayers to the U.S. State Department for passport revocation or denial. Generally, these are individuals with open Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) cases.Filing Season. The IRS has started accepting and processing 2017 federal individual income tax returns. The deadline to submit 2017 individual income tax returns and pay any taxes due is Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (IR-2018-14).Retirement Plans. The IRS has posted Listings of Required Modifications (LRMs) for pre-approved defined contribution plans. The LRMs contain model plan language for laws effective during the third remedial amendment cycle, and reflects qualification requirements and guidance in the 2017 Cumulative List.By George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Never Forsake the Fundamentals of Security – Part 1

first_imgRisk ManagementThe evolutionary nature of cybersecurity requires professionals to focus on a multitude of criticalities. We must chase technology innovations, develop novel risk theories, seek insights into evolving threats, institute new controls practices, and push the boundaries of capabilities, cost efficiency, and relevancy outward in the pursuit of better computer security. It is a never-ending race to maneuver for an advantage, driven by both valid concerns and irrational fears. Some paths we take are worthy and many are not. In this pursuit, we risk being distracted from the fundamentals of cybersecurity.Certain aspects of security will always hold true. They are based upon the nature of adversarial conflicts and persist over time. Attackers and defenders. Predators and prey. Security professionals must be vigilant in following these timeless concepts and how they specifically apply to cybersecurity. We must not allow ourselves to be distracted and forsake the basics of protecting computing systems, information, and services.Risk management leadership, understanding the changing threat landscape, and establishing effective controls are fundamentals which drive the way security is perceived and how problems are approached, evaluated, and solved.Three Tips for Stronger Risk ManagementThe very best security organizations all have one thing in common: A leader capable of navigating, commanding, and delivering results. Cybersecurity is difficult and ever changing, so strong risk management leadership is crucial. The security mindset drives action and is essential to every organization serious in defending its electronic assets, capabilities, and sovereignty. Seek optimal risk. Security comes at a cost — attempting to eliminate all loss is not realistic. Identifying the right tolerance of risk is challenging, but necessary to define success. There are tradeoffs to consider in that the triad of risk, cost, and productivity must be balanced. Investments in controls must be rationalized against the costs to acquire, integrate, and sustain capabilities, and also tempered against the user impact and productivity impediments which may be introduced.There is no room for superfluous activity. This is a race, best run with minimal burden and by relentlessly following security basics, leveraging best practices from across the industry, and developing a highly adaptive set of capabilities. Attackers maintain the initiative and are the genesis for the justification to invest in defense. By its very nature, security is responsive and must remain very flexible to adapt to the maneuvers of the threats. Take a lesson from the Maginot Line of World War II. It nearly bankrupted the country only to result in a fixed fortification that did little to protect the nation from invasion. Security must be fluid and not waste time, energy, credibility, or resources on expensive missteps.Keep morale high. Security can be unforgiving for practitioners, viewed as a cost sink by management and an unnecessary nuisance by users. The deck is stacked against us. Deal with it and don’t let that stop you or distract your focus from consistently following good practices. There is no finish line. Communicate up to executives, down to operational teams, and across peers as necessary to gain lasting support, confidence, and cooperation. It is a continuous state of effort, just as quality or customer service requires relentless dedication. Stay rational, settle in, build teamwork, and get comfortable!Proactive management built around strong communication is the cornerstone of establishing a capable, sustainable, and balanced security capability. When you prioritize understanding the complexities and chaos of the threat landscape, as well as establishing effective controls, you will be on your way to properly fortifying your enterprise.In next development of my series on the fundamentals of security, I will discuss threats and how they ultimately drive the needs and requirements necessary to achieving an optimal level of risk. Stay tuned to the IT Center for part two.Twitter: @Matt_RosenquistIT Peer Network: My Previous PostsLinkedIn: Blog: Information Security Strategylast_img read more

Breaking Down Oklahoma State’s Recruiting Targets at Safety Position

first_imgOn the recruiting front, Oklahoma State continues to turn over rocks at the safety position after Lubbock area prospect Ty Thomas backed away from his commitment several months ago.The Pokes have three commitments at safety in the 2017 class in Denton Guyers Thabo Mwaniki, Dallas Christian’s Kris McCune, and Gilmer’s LaMarcus Morton. Morton, who is having an outstanding year at wide receiver, is still hearing from schools and could be one that Texas, Texas A&M or any local schools may try to persuade to stay closer to home as national signing day approaches.With OSU set to lose seniors Derrick Moncrief and Jordan Sterns, and junior standout Tre Flowers headed into his final year of eligibility, the Cowboys need to put together a strong safety class. The chances that one or multiple signees could play as a true freshman in 2017 are likely very high.Here are several of OSU’s targets, along with some names to keep an eye on as the end of the calendar year approaches.Prospects with offersEvan Fields – Midwest City, Okla.Fields is a big name prospect who OSU finally jumped on after having their eyes on for quite some time. The Midwest City Bomber continues to gain a lot of attention both locally and nationally, and it’s been rumored that the Sooners have their eyes on him as well, although an offer has yet to come. He is set to take an official visit to Oklahoma State this weekend – and that’s after taking an official visit to Manhattan this past weekend. Winning back-to-back games with Fields on hand would be, as the Donald would term it, “yuuuuuge.” He’s at the top of the Pokes board.Chaz Ah You – Provo, UtahThis west coast prospect has been a long-time Oklahoma State target, who made a visit to Stillwater earlier this year. He is considered one of the country’s elite and holds offers from UCLA, BYU and many other west coast schools. OSU is still in his top 12 schools, but I get the feeling that luring him to the Midwest is a difficult ask for a prospect from his part of the country. He’s a definite “take” if they can get him, but I have doubts that OSU will make his final cut(s).Montaric Brown – Ashdown, Ark.Brown is the Ashdown, Arkansas native who opted to stay in-state and play for the Hogs over Alabama and OSU, who were in his final three options. Oklahoma State has stayed in constant contact with him, and if he wants to jump into a situation with immediate playing time available, that chance may be in the Big 12 and in Stillwater. He seems pretty locked in with the Hogs, though, but he’s another definite take if he has a change in heart.Other names to watchKamren Curl – Muskogee, Okla.Curl is a 6-foot-2 athlete from Muskogee who at one time was committed to Big 12 foe Texas Tech, although he has since opened up his recruitment. Curl now has 21 scholarship offers, the latest coming from Nebraska on Monday morning. Oklahoma State has hosted him for an unofficial visit and shown interest, but have not extended a scholarship offer.Cam’ron Jones – Euless, TexasOklahoma State is showing “new love” to Cam’ron Jones as he termed on twitter, a Texas Tech safety commit from Euless, Trinity (Texas). The 6-foot, 190-pound athlete has offers from OU, Indiana, UCLA, La. Tech and UTSA. The Pokes have not jumped on board, quite possibly because OU and UCLA offered after his commitment to the Red Raiders and there was no change in his status. If OSU feels there may be an opportunity to pounce, they could extend an offer to one of the premier athletes playing for one of Texas high school football’s powerhouse programs.Gervarrius Owens – Southmoore High School (Moore, Okla.)Fresh off his de-commitment from Memphis, Owens is now a very intriguing prospect on the market from Oklahoma powerhouse Southmoore High School. At 6-foot-1 and 190-pounds, Owens plays safety and wide receiver and could be termed more as an “athlete” – but OSU would probably like him at safety. Again, no offer has been extended, but he is a big name to watch locally.Marcus Mays – Edison High School (Tulsa, Okla.)The rash of de-commitments from Memphis recently also included Marcus Mays, as Owens and Mays both backed away from their pledge to the Tigers on the same day. Mays is listed at 6-foot-1 and 175-pounds, and is rated as a three-star prospect who also has reported offers from K-State, Wyoming, Illinois, and others.Mays was somewhat off the radar until recently, due to the misfortune of going down midway through his junior season with a serious ankle injury that required surgery. But a successful and healthy senior season has boosted his stock among schools interested and OSU could be a natural fit for the local prospect. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Named Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist

first_imgMason Rudolph is having himself a junior season. He currently sits at No. 6 in the nation in passing yards at 332.1 per game and has 22 touchdowns to only four interceptions.The Davey O’Brien Foundation has whittled down their list for the best college quarterback in the country to 18 semifinalists and Rudolph was included.Cowboy fans, get in the huddle! Help @Rudolph2Mason, a candidate for the @daveyobrien National Quarterback Award:!— Davey O’Brien (@daveyobrien) November 10, 2016Other Big 12 semifinalists include: Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.Here’s a look at the full list per the Davey O’Brien Award website.Of the 18 semifinalists, two Chad Kelly from Ole Miss and Trevor Knight from Texas A&M will not be eligible to win the trophy since they will miss the remainder of the season due to injury. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

What Is Mike Gundy’s Future Contract and Buyout?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There has been a lot of chatter and confusion in recent days about Mike Gundy, his salary, a future buyout and everything else going on with Gundy potentially leaving OSU at some point in the future (something I personally don’t believe will ever happen).Where do we begin. First, let’s look at Gundy’s salary and buyout. According to USA Today, Gundy made $3.775 million in 2016. He was the 22nd-highest paid coach in college football. We can match this up in his actual contact (which you can view here) and break it down into a few categories to see what he is owed over the remainder of the extension which he received back in 2012.Salary is straightforward, talent is just part of his salary categorized a different way (I presume for tax purposes) and retirement is also straightforward.screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-15-42-amSo Gundy is owed a little over $12 million (not including bonuses) over the remainder of his contract. Except that he got an extension last year that Mark Cooper reported has not actually been signed yet (which is strange and hilarious). If that contract is signed, here is what Gundy’s future compensation looks like.screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-17-42-amSo a little over $20 million. That’s a lot of money.Let’s talk about a buyout. This is where I believe Gundy has leverage where others don’t. When he started flirting with Baylor, Oregon et al. last week, he had nothing to lose. Is OSU really going to buy out its winningest coach ever (by a wide margin)? No. Here is what Gundy’s contract says regarding a buyout by Oklahoma State (i.e. if he was fired without cause).Again, you can view the document here.screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-06-57-amThe way I read that (and it took me 10 times to read it), Gundy gets 75 percent of his salary plus talent money if Oklahoma State fires him. So everything but retirement. Here is how that is applied to both a future with Gundy signing his extension and not having signed it.screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-12-27-amscreen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-12-23-amSo let’s say Gundy didn’t actually sign his extension last year. Let’s also say Mike Holder woke up today and said, “I’m done with Gundy” and fired him. Gundy would be owed $7.7 million. If he did sign the extension, he would be owed a little over $13 million. This would get negotiated down (like it did with Travis Ford), but that is still a lot of money.Speaking of Ford, he was owed a similar amount after being fired as Gundy is right now. The big difference? Gundy is actually a great coach.For those wondering, if Gundy were to go to another school voluntarily, OSU would be owed $3 million by Gundy (or that school). I think part of Holder and other administration actually wanted (wants?) it to happen at some point. You get a $3 million head start on finding somebody to take OSU to another level and you rid yourself of the annoyance of Gundy talking to every school within a 1,000-mile radius every December. Either way, you can see why Gundy can afford to flirt.OSU is not paying Mike Gundy $13 million or $7.7 million to go ride his tractor.last_img read more

Ranking the Top Wide Receiver Performances in OSU History (Part 1)

first_imgOklahoma State has a proud heritage of game-changing wide receivers and a lot of them had some pretty memorable games. That’s why this list was not an easy one to narrow down. The criteria here is an amalgamation of most historic, most impressive and most memorable.Here are the first five of our countdown.10. Alex Loyd – Oklahoma A&M vs. Kansas – October 22, 1949The first game on our list probably wasn’t memorable for anyone reading this since it occurred 68 years ago. But it was impressive and definitely historic. Alex Loyd played end and linebacker for Oklahoma A&M from 1945 to 1949, making him a freshman on the undefeated team that was awarded a National Championship a year ago.During his senior season, he paved the way for receivers to come. In a 55-14 loss to Kansas — this was a different era — Loyd hauled in a record 16 catches for an unheard of 178 yards. That season, Loyd led the team with 47 catches for 657 yards, earning All-Missouri Valley Conference honors. Oklahoma A&M would finish 4-4 in Jim Lookabough’s final season as head coach.Why it matteredThis was a different time in college football. This type of receiving production was flabbergasting. In fact, this was just the seventh 100-plus yard receiving game in OSU history. That 178 yards stood as a school record for 21 years until Hermann Eben tallied 179 yards against Kansas State in 1969. Loyd’s 16 receptions is still a single-game Cowboy record.9. Curtis Mayfield – Oklahoma State vs. Nebraska – October 21, 1989In the wake of the departing dynamic duo of Barry Sanders and Hart Lee Dykes, the Cowboys predictably regressed in 1989. They went from 10 wins to four in Mike Gundy’s senior year but there were still some important moments and milestones.Curtis Mayfield was the Cowboys’ leading receiver that season with 879 yards and four touchdowns. He was the fastest player on the team and even earned the nickname “Cadillac” in high school for his smooth running style. A sub-4.40 guy, Mayfield also led the Big 8 in kick return yards in 1989 with 576.His career game came in a record-setting, yet losing effort to No. 4 Nebraska. Mayfield caught six receptions for 208 yards and two scores. That’s efficient. He still ranks third at OSU in career yards-per-catch average behind only James Washington and Adarius Bowman.Why it matteredThat 208-yard performance stood as an Oklahoma State single-game record for 13 years. An all-time great surpassed that mark in 2002 — stay tuned. Two of his four receptions ended in the end zone — a 65-yard pass from Mike Gundy and an 85-yarder from backup Earl Wheeler that tied a school record for longest passing play to date. The Cowboys lost the game 48-23 but Mayfield’s 305 all-purpose yards still rank 10th-best for a single game in OSU history.8. Hart Lee Dykes – Oklahoma State vs. Wyoming (Holiday Bowl) – December 30, 1988We sometimes skim over Dykes when rattling off the great receivers to have come through Stillwater. It’s probably just a case of recency bias. But the All-American was an all-time great. He is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in Big 8 history. He recorded 18 100-yard games. When he left Oklahoma State, he held nearly every receiving record in the books.Why it matteredDykes’ 163 yards in the SeaWorld Holiday Bowl wasn’t even his career high. But it makes the list for its significance. This was before every game was on TV and we broke down every play on Twitter. In fact, during this — the most historic season in Oklahoma State history to date — only four games were televised. Plus, in 1988, there were 17 bowl games, and they just mattered more to people.Barry Sanders had been named the Heisman trophy winner early that month. This was the last ride for the dynamic duo and they took full advantage, drumming No. 15 in Wyoming in San Diego 62-14.Most importantly, this capped off the greatest era in Oklahoma State football to that point. It also put an exclamation point Pat Jones’ last winning season in Stillwater, and thus began an 8-year bowl drought for the Cowboys.7. James Washington – Oklahoma State at Texas Tech – October 31, 2015James Washington has had some memorable moments during his time at OSU but this game helped cement him as one of the top receivers in the country. Washington touched a football only four times during regulation in Lubbock and he had 200 yards and two touchdowns to show for it. Not much to argue here.Washington followed this one up with another game that could just as easily be in this spot, when he went for 184 yards and three scores on just five catches against TCU.Why it matteredThe Cowboys were 7-0 when they headed down to Lubbock. They were just one week removed from the Homecoming tragedy and found themselves in serious jeopardy of suffering their first loss of year. In the first half, Tech had all the answers. Each time the Cowboys seemed to be gaining a foothold in the game, Pat Mahomes would make a crazy play or Jakeem Grant would break loose for a field-long score.After some reported shower huddles at halftime, OSU came out renewed and pushed ahead thanks to heroic performances from several Cowboys. But Washington was the MVP hitting the Red Raiders with two second-half back-breakers — a 75-yard reverse play that ended in the end zone and a 73-yard score from J.W. Walsh that gave the Cowboys breathing room late. OSU kept the streak alive and headed home with their eighth-straight win against Tech.6. Dez Bryant – Oklahoma State vs. Houston – September 6, 2008Dez Bryant sliced up the Cougars’ defense to the tune of 236 yards and three touchdowns — and he did on only nine catches. This was a decent Houston team that went 8-5 that year and ended the year with a bowl win over Air Force. Zac Robinson had one of the better passing games of his career with 320 yards on 21 attempts and three touchdowns. Dez also returned three punts for 75 yards and another score.Why it matteredThis was really the Dez Bryant coming out party. To this point, Dez was still the buzz-worthy young receiver without a national following. He had punched a couple of 100-yard tickets his freshman year — including the Cowboys’ 49-33 win over Indiana in the Insight Bowl — but he wasn’t a household name yet.That 2008 season really laid the groundwork for the Cowboys as a high-powered offense. After this win, the Cowboys continued to a 7-0 start, and finish with 9 wins for the first time in 20 years. They’ve come short of that win total just once since then.Stay tuned for Nos. 1-5. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Target Israel Antwine Reconsidering Ole Miss Commitment

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Following the sudden resignation of Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss last week, we wrote about how it might affect OSU in a positive way in regards to in-state recruit Israel Antwine, who has been committed to Ole Miss since May.Antwine confirmed to The Oklahoman on Friday that he’s reconsidering his commitment to the Rebels, given the amount of uncertainty surrounding the program and its ongoing investigation by the NCAA.“I was surprised to hear it, and I was disappointed,” he told The Oklahoman on Friday. “It has really got me thinking. I have to look out for my future.”While Antwine remains committed, I believe it’s a matter of when he decommits, not if. And OSU will be right in the thick of it should he back away from his pledge.Antwine says he won’t make a decision until the NCAA ruling on sanctions is handed down, on a date to be determined, but all signs point to OSU eventually becoming a contender for the 2018 defensive tackle from Millwood.last_img read more