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December 19, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Jake Trotter

Jake Trotter
  (4:03 PM)

OK, let's get rolling...

Nate (OK)

Does Iowa even stand a chance? Also, when do you think Ryan Broyles will be drafted and where to?

Jake Trotter
  (4:05 PM)

Last year in the Insight Bowl, Iowa beat a Missouri team that was ranked higher than this OU team is now. So yeah, Iowa has a chance. Too soon to project Broyles' draft stock because of the injury, but the best he could hope for is third round. Because he won't be able to work out for NFL teams before the draft, he could go lower.

Garrett (Coweta)

what do u think the chance is of the oklahoma sooners getting dorial green-beckon and do u think ou will be in the title race next year we have recruited some great wr already

Jake Trotter
  (4:07 PM)

OU is right there with Arkansas and Texas. So they have a pretty good shot. I don't see OU being a title frontrunner next year, with or without DGB.

steve (wa)

will mike stoops be on the staff next year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:09 PM)

It's possible. Bob Stoops basically said today he is not going to fire anyone on his staff. So either Venables or Martinez will have to leave for there to be a vacancy. That could happen. But that has to happen first before Mike is hired.

Rashad (Houston )

Who recruits do you expect to come in at the semester? Who does OU sign at the running back position besides Alex Ross?

Jake Trotter
  (4:10 PM)

All the JUCO guys for sure. Stoops said today there should be 4-5 of them. As of now, not sure OU signs another RB, but they were certainly working to add at least another.

Tyler (OKC)

What is your reaction that Ronell Lewis will not be able to play in the insight bowl

Jake Trotter
  (4:11 PM)

Not surprised.

Bob Riddell (Glenpool, OK)

why are we not at least in a January 1 day bowl when I see teams that are with worse records?

Jake Trotter
  (4:12 PM)

Has to do with the Big 12 bowl agreements, and where a team finishes in the conference. The days of Jan. 1 bowls are over anyway. There are better bowls played on other days.

soonerpeace (norman,oklahoma)

Peterson was the only comitt from the weekend. Is that a bad sign and what are our chances with DBG and MEjr?

Jake Trotter
  (4:14 PM)

I don't think it's necessarily a bad sign. Would it have been better if DGB and Diggs had made visits? Sure. But the Sooners are still in the mix for DGB. McNamara could be committing in the coming days. That would be a key get for a team desperately needing a tight end. I think this is probably going to be a Top 10 class, regardless of DBG and others.

Chris (Dallas)

We heard a lot about the 5 star guys coming to Norman last weekend. But it seems like for every Gerald McCoy there are 5 RJ Washington, Adron Tennell, Rhett Bomar, Mike Reed, Jermie Calhoun busts.Why do so many high profile recruits seem to wash out at OU? It seems like this staff is better at developing 3/4 star talent than identifying superstars....

Jake Trotter
  (4:15 PM)

OU hardly has a monopoly on 5-star washouts. XLK at Oklahoma State, Darius White at Texas... 5-star recruits don't always pan out, and that's the case everwhere.

Christopher (Kalamazoo, MI)

With all the transferring and some of the uncertainty with recruiting, are there any rumblings about any of OU's current commits decommiting?

Jake Trotter
  (4:16 PM)

Haven't heard that at all.

Madison Miller (Grove, ok)

What do you think about the Sooners football next season?

Jake Trotter
  (4:17 PM)

I think it could be a transitional year. The defense is losing its 3 best players. The offense could be losing its QB, and has to retool at WR, TE and possibly even RB. OU has a chance to be good. But no one is going to be picking the Sooners to win the national title before the season.

Brennan (Austin)

Jake, with the disappointment of this year, what do you think the culture/mindset of the program will be heading towards next year? Any major shakeups?

Jake Trotter
  (4:18 PM)

Doubt there will be any major shakeups. Probably several minor ones, though.

Mike (Dallas)

There seems to be a lot of off the field issues with OU as much as on field issues. I don't think Bob Stoops has lost control of his team, but I do feel he has a lot more work ahead of him besides X's and O's. Your thoughts?

Jake Trotter
  (4:20 PM)

Agreed. Attitude, chemistry, leadership of this team is to be desired. Those problems were much bigger than any game plan or scheme.

Sousa7321 (South OKC)

Jake, What JUCO guys are the Sooners looking at getting? Any DT's?

Jake Trotter
  (4:22 PM)

OU has verbals from DE Chaz Nelson and TE Brannon Green. S Gerald Bowman, CB Kasseim Everett and RBs Marion Grice and Damien Williams are the targets we know about. No DTs.

Brennan (Austin)

What commits do you expect from this past weekend?

Jake Trotter
  (4:24 PM)

OU has a good shot at getting a commitment from TE Taylor McNamara in the coming days. It will be awhile before DBG makes an announcement.

Drake Plotter (Oklahoma)

Just hit me straight with it. How bad is it there right now? No returning tight ends, seemingly every RB transferring, Lewis is declaring early, etc. etc. etc.

Jake Trotter
  (4:24 PM)

Are we cousins?

Joe (tulsa ok)

What do you think is causing all these players to transfer/quit?

Jake Trotter
  (4:25 PM)

Combination of things. For Williams, it was a family issue. For Calhoun/Miller, it was playing time. Class attendance, grades, and failed drug tests are other culprits.

Rob (Yukon)

In the presser it seemed that Stoops expects more transfers. Any inside info as to who?

Matt (Texas)

Any big time names that could be comitting in the forseeable future? any word on Mario Edwards?

Jake Trotter
  (4:27 PM)

Stoops didn't deny today that James Haynes and Josh Aladenoye are gone. I don't want to throw out other names, but WR could be a position that suffers some attrition.

Jake Trotter
  (4:28 PM)

Matt, DGB and Mario are the biggest names out there. It's going to be tough landing, either. But OU got Mario in for a visit this past weekend, and DGB has developed a good rapport with the OU coaching staff. We'll see what happens.

Greg (DC)

What do you think the odds are Mario Edwards, Jr. will drop FSU for OU?

Jake Trotter
  (4:29 PM)

Reading between the lines, FSU is still the leader. But he hasn't ruled out OU or Texas yet. Both schools are swimming upstream, I think, though.

Andrew (Ridgefield, CT)

Jake who are the JUCO kids the Sooners are high on and which one will make an immediate impact

Jake Trotter
  (4:30 PM)

Green at TE and Nelson at DE for sure. Bowman would have a chance to start at safety if he came to OU. Everett, too, at CB. Any RB would have a chance at getting carries.

Joe (tulsa ok)

Did it sound like to you that Bob was hinting maybe one of his coaches taking another job?? He said with all the changes around college football you never know so we'll see! Am i looking into that too much?

Jake Trotter
  (4:31 PM)

I think you're on the right track.

wal-mart sooner fan (Tulsa)

Give me a reason to get psyched for the insight bowl, i'm trying to find one but other than hoping to end the season with a win i can't think of anything to get amped up about.

Jake Trotter
  (4:32 PM)

I'm psyched about going to Phoenix. Weather there is great in December.

Michael (Arlington,VA)

Is there a lot more turmoil than usual, or do we just have some more access to the inner workings of the team?

Jake Trotter
  (4:33 PM)

Combination of both. There have never been this many guys rumored to be transferring before in my time covering OU football. But with Twitter and message boards, the turmoil tends to seem bigger than it really is.

Kris (Des Moines)

Isn't it an indictment of Brent Venables abilities as D-cordinator that he is still on OU's staff. All the good assistiants that he came to OU with have all been long gone to HC jobs. Has BV even been a finalist for a HC job?

Jake Trotter
  (4:34 PM)

That's not entirely fair. Brent has only agreed to interview for high level jobs (Clemson, Arkansas). He has been picky, and that's one of the main reasons he's still an assistant.

Drake Plotter (Oklahoma)

Much like Calvin Newell leaving the team for 'family issues', do you feel Brandon Williams' issues and reasonings are legitimate?

Jake Trotter
  (4:35 PM)

Very legitimate.

Matt (Los Angeles, CA)

What on earth is going on with the Sooners that there's this much attrition in the ranks? Is Bob cleaning house? Is there a new direction that came out of nowhere?

Jake Trotter
  (4:36 PM)

A lot of cleaning house. Stoops is getting rid of some of the attitude problems, and also trying to improve the overall talent level.

Robert (Tahlequah, Oklahoma)

What in the world is OU going to do at TE next season?

Jake Trotter
  (4:36 PM)

A lot of four wide sets.

Rob (Yukon)

What minor shakeups do you predict?

Jake Trotter
  (4:39 PM)

For one, an overhaul of the roster. Sooners need to get deeper, and I think that's why you see them going after so many JUCOs. OU didn't have enough guys available to play this year and it showed.

Robert (Tahlequah, Oklahoma)

Have any walkons been given scholarships for next season?

Jake Trotter
  (4:39 PM)

Dominique Whaley.

Robert (Tahlequah, Oklahoma)

Does the Big 12 have next years schedule out yet? Do we play TCU there? Is there a chance they move that game to Cowboys Stadium?

Jake Trotter
  (4:41 PM)

No schedule out yet. I don't see that with TCU. If OU plays in Cowboys Stadium, I would expect it to be an out of conference game, like BYU in 2009.

Jake Trotter
  (4:42 PM)

That's it for the chat this week. We'll do it again next Monday. Same time, same place. Everyone have a wonderful holiday week.