Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Oklahoma State’s Gundy has survived so long in the Big 12 for a reason

FRISCO — Mike Gundy wins. Doesn’t matter the year, the competition, or the temperature in Stillwater. The wins come with regularity at Oklahoma State. So do the storms, but he survives them and moves on through his coaching life. The skin was tan and the mullet was finely coiffed on … Read More

Texas’ goal in 2018? It’s all about the running game: Find one on offense, stop the run on defense

FRISCO — Texas enters this season with seven scholarship running backs, all unproven. That’s not ideal. “But that’s where we’re at now,” coach Tom Herman said. Maybe the Longhorns have been looking in the wrong places. Defensive tackle Chris Nelson, the 315-pounder from Florida, said he’s got some flashy moves, … Read More

West Virginia’s Will Grier may not be focused on the Heisman, but his family is

FRISCO — Heisman candidates often have gaudy statistics to push their award causes. There also are emotional hooks that’ll bring a player publicity. And stars for the blue-blood programs have near automatic entry into the annual award’s posh ceremony in New York. Then there’s Will Grier, the West Virginia quarterback … Read More

Big 12 media days notebook: Kansas State takes its quarterback competition on the road

FRISCO — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder isn’t ready to name his starting quarterback yet. He did want the candidates for the job to feel a little pressure in the summer. So he brought both Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson to Big 12 media days on Tuesday. Sure, the quarterbacks … Read More

Big 12 media days Q&A: Baylor’s Chris Platt — on health, speed and former Texas Prez Sam Houston

FRISCO — Chris Platt is the definition of a home run threat. The Baylor senior wideout from Willis has averaged 18.6 yards per catch since he arrived at Waco in 2014. Five of his 10 touchdowns have covered 70 or more yards. He has earned All-American honors as a member … Read More

Our annual Top 25 countdown: No. 12 Michigan says goodbye to John O’Korn, hello Shea Patterson

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 14 on our 2017 list. Our … Read More