Stoops hopeful to see Green-Beckham this year

By Grant Guggisberg

DALLAS — Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops scooped up one of the most athletic transfers available over the offseason in Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, and said he hopes the NCAA will grant him a waiver to play right away.

“There’s an appeal being processed,” Stoops said, “so that hasn’t been ruled on yet.”

Green-Beckham isn’t the only transfer hoping to play as soon as possible, as former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield, a walk-on for the Red Raiders, is also a Sooner transfer.

Stoops said he thinks Mayfield’s walk-on status at Texas Tech should change the way his situation plays out.

“I think it’s one thing if you’ve invested a scholarship in an individual and he decides to leave,” Stoops said. “Heck, they even half the time allow them to play immediately. But a guy that you haven’t invested a scholarship in, I don’t know why that would even be something — why it would be an issue.

“In the end, it’s something that we’re working through.”

Stoops also said former quarterback and Wichita native Blake Bell will stick at tight end even if there is a need at quarterback.

“Blake was recruited definitely as a quarterback,” Stoops said. “But when you look at him now after three years, he is the prototype at tight end. He’s got great hands, great size 6-foot-6 and almost 260.

“Even in his genes, his dad was an NFL tight end for eight years. So he fits the bill perfectly and it’s a position that we want to continue to make stronger.”

Rhoads not overlooking NDSU

Kansas State fans know first-hand just how tough the North Dakota State Bison can be after losing 24-21 in the 2013 season opener.

Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads watched that game live and is fully aware of the challenge his team will face in Week 1.

“All of us have such great respect for all levels of football,” Rhoads said. “Our football team got beat by an FCS team last year in Northern Iowa that played a great game.

“The job Craig (Bohl) did at North Dakota State - and I think they’ve got 24 consecutive victories and certainly three straight national championships, we’re very aware of how dangerous they are and how effective they can be no matter who it is that they’re playing.”


Holgorsen still adjusting to Big 12

When West Virginia moved from the Big East to the Big 12 three years ago, the Moutaineers did so after years of being at the top of near the top of their old league.

Since then, times have been tougher.

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said the Big 12 hasn’t had a consistently dominant team in recent years, which speaks to the depth and parity of the league.

“The days of rolling through the Big East and being able to play in a BCS game are long gone,” Holgorsen said. “We’re not thinking about that anymore. Although that was fun and was a huge moment in West Virginia University, it’s a whole different ballgame right now.”

Holgorsen wants to see progress in this third year, but knows a round-robin schedule in one of the nation’s toughest league will be difficult to navigate.

“We’ve been competitive,” he said. “This past year we lost — we were in three overtime games. We lost fourth-quarter leads, won a couple of close games. Each and every one was pretty much competitive.

“We need to stay the course.”


Strong prepares for Big 12 debut

As the league’s only new coach this season, University of Texas head coach Charlie Strong was surrounded by a hoard of media all day on Tuesday.

Strong’s message over the weekend is his new team needs to come together if they’re going to find success on the field this season.

“It’s all about putting a team back into Texas,” Strong said. “We talk about putting a team back into Texas, you talk about toughness, you talk about trust, you talk about togetherness and you talk about becoming a team.”

Strong also fielded several questions about how he will handle a large and demanding Texas fan base.

“I don’t ever want to put pressure on our team, on our players at all,” Strong said of national title discussions. “I just want them to go out and just go to work each and every day.”

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