Ok, let's get rolling
jake trotter what are your feelings on DGB's landing place?
I give Arkansas a slight edge, but the Sooners are right there. It's going down to the wire.
When can we expect a BV decision?
Perhaps the next 24 hours. Considering the recruiting timetable, Clemson is not going to wait long for an answer.
What does your gut tell you will happen with the Venables situation. Always trust your gut, there are more brain cells in the gut than anywhere else in the body, fyi.
Pretty good advice. My gut says Brent leaves. I don't think he would have gone out to Clemson with his wife if he wasn't leaning that way. But who knows, maybe he stays. That answer your question?
Rumors are that I might be returning to Norman. What will have to happen for me to return? Also, any new buffets I need to know about?
Right now, there's no opening on the staff. I can't think of anything new in Norman, but you might check out the all-you-can-eat Furrs in Moore.
I told you I'd be back. Now that I am, will the Sooners have the best defense in the Big XII consistently? I mean, last time around we did and it wasn't even close.
First of all, OU has had a Top 4 Big 12 defense in each of the last five seasons. Not too shabby. Being No. 1 every year won't be easy. That said, the '01 and '03 defenses were pretty dominant.
Do you think OU will wait until tomorrow for an announcement, respecting MKL JR. Day?
Uh, what announcement?
What is the latest that you are hearing about the BV situation? Today I've been hearing conflicting reports of him staying and leaving. Thanks!
I don't think it's settled yet. Brent is talking to Bob today before making a decision. We might not hear anything more until tomorrow.
Do you think Mike Stoops will get criticized less for his Sideline Mania in Norman than he did as a HC in the desert?
Probably. OU fans actually enjoyed his sideline antics. As long as he doesn't go Woody Hayes on a player, he should be fine.
If I come to OU, do you think Drew Allen or Blake Bell would pick up where Landry leaves off? I would like 3 Biletnikoffs, please.
Just 3? If you go by track record, OU has been pretty stout at developing QBs.
what are your thoughts about where brent venables will coach next year? will it ultimately come down to money? has ou matched clemson's offer?
I doubt OU can match Clemson's offer if it's as high as has been rumored. Money will be part of it, but so will the perception that Venables has been demoted with Mike Stoops' hire. Bob has a tough sell job.
Any idea, word, inkling on who the other 2 OOC games will be for OU this year?
No inkling. Just know it will be two cupcakes.
What are OU's biggest defensive needs for next year?
DE, DT, LB, CB and S.
Jake what is your prediction on the final recruiting class in terms of numbers and possible last minute prospects?
I think OU could still add 6-7 more players to this class. DE Michael Onuoha, RB David Smith and CB Brandon Beavers are among the names to watch.
Now that DGB has eliminated Alabama and texas from consideration, what do you put the chances at for the remaining 3 schools. Mizzou, OU, Ark getting him?
Arkansas is the slight favorite, but OU and Mizzou remain in the mix.
If Brent Venebles leaves, is Randy Shannon our first choice for LB coach? If so, do the allegations in Miami taint his chances?
I haven't really been able to come up with many names yet. Stoops might pick someone off from a current staff. The allegations surrounding Miami might give someone pause, but I don't think it keeps him from getting a job at OU or elsewhere.
I am disappointed in you guys. A media airport stakeout with no twitter banter. That was the best part of the NBA lockout, laughing at and with bored writers during the negotiating session stakeouts.
Nothing like being at Wiley Post at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night. Next time, I promise we'll make it lively.
All the turnover on the OU coaching staff isn't good for recruiting, of course. But it's not something that other programs across the country aren't dealing with too. Which coaching vacancies across the country might OU use to their advantage and swoop in to grab a couple recruits?
I think everyone has tried to swipe players at Texas A&M to no avail. There has been much turnover elsewhere in this part of the country.
What recruits are potential big time gets in this last 2 weeks before NSD?
OT Zach Banner would be a huge get, so would CB Brandon Beavers.
Jake, you keep answering the same 3 questions over and over. How does that make you feel? Also, best defensive player next year?
Maybe next time I'll get some DGB questions... Tony Jefferson.
Does Oklahoma get DGB?
See what I mean?
When will we know David Smith's decision?
I believe he is announcing Tuesday.
Any thoughts or impressions from the RB that visited over the weekend?
David Smith. He's choosing between West Virginia and OU. I like the Sooners' chances.
If we dont get BV back is there a chance we could land Randy Shannon?
Possibly, but I think Stoops would go in a different direction.
I'm not the prototypical size of an OU QB as of late. Do I have a shot at playing even though I'm not at least 6'4?
I talk to someone a couple of weeks ago whose opinion I respect, and who gets to watch practice. He couldn't stop raving about you. As long as you can play, you'll get a chance.
Hey Jake, I know its early but give me your prediction for our record next season. Thanks
Impossible to do without seeing the schedule.
If Venables leaves, what impact will that have on current defensive recruits? Also, why is the defensive recruiting class thus far so weak?
What defensive recruits? This class is about offense. I'm not sure why it's so weak. The JC guys should help, though.
WHY DOES EVERONE WANT TO SEE LANDRY GO TO THE NFL?
Why are you typing in caps?
Do you feel like the 2012 version of the Sooners will be less hyped but fare much better? Where do you see the potential losses?
Yes. Depends on the schedule. If OU has to go to TCU, West Virginia and Texas Tech, that won't be easy.
Durron Neal tweeted that Stoops and Norvell did an in home visit today and answered a lot of important questions he had... Are you guys going to catch up with him and see what was discussed?
You know it.
Does my fiance have a legitimate shot at winning the Heisman next year?
Why not? Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin, Trent Richardson, Kellen Moore, Justin Blackmon all gone.
For clarification, were Justin McCay and Sheldon McClain asked to leave, mutual decision or they left on their own?
I believe they were told their chances of playing at OU were slim, and that they might be better off playing somewhere else.
The correct prediction for next year is 13-0. Know your audience. :)
There you go.
So last week Mike Stoops was the hot topic, this week seems to be Coach V. Predictions on the hot topic coach for the next chat?
Assuming the current high rated commits fill the void of their respective position, what position is still loose?
Not sure I understand the question, but DT is a place where the Sooners have basically put off until next year.
Do you think we are going to see any coaching changes on the offense?
Your thoughts on the impact of Ross next year ?
Depends on Whaley. If Whaley is still recovering, Ross may be asked to play a role.
Between you, Dane, Bob, and Brandon... Who would be the last man standing in an MMA cage match?
I can tell you it wouldn't be Bob.
We have a solid o-line next year... best in Big 12? Compare it to '08.
Not as good as '08, but probably the best since. The '08 group had four NFL players, including 2 starting tackles. The '12 group won't have that.
When will we have the final 2012 football schedule revealed?
Hopefully before September.
Hey Jake, give me an early prediction. What will our record be next season?
What is your prediction for our record next season? I know its early just curious..
I can't predict a record until the schedule comes out. That's a huge factor.
With all the talent coming in at the WR position next year, which players stand the best chance to see significant playing time next year? (Not including DGB)
Any of the WRs have a chance to play right away. Metoyer and Neal are the most physically ready, but Sterling could fill a void in the slot, too.
Strong rumors Mangino is coming back again surfacing. Switzer tweeted it and several think that is what Roy Williams meant by his tweet last week. What does my main man Jake think?
Last I checked, Switzer was not on Twitter. That came from a KC radio jock who apparently interviewed Switzer. That rumor has been around for awhile now. Problem is, I don't see anyone of the offensive staff moving at this point. One possible scenario, though, would be Venables leaves, Kittle moves to defense, Mangino comes in at o-line to help Patton. But that seems like a longshot to me.
Can you update us on the book you are writing?
It's an OU-Texas book.
I keep seeing a guy from Eufaula posting questions. When did the Ironheads learn how to spell?
Nothing like it when the fans turn on each other.
DT is still somewhat of a weakness IMO. Who will we see making an impact next fall there?
Keep an eye on Jordan Phillips.
What odds would you give Superman coming aboard to coach this year?
Better than 0.
A) If BV leaves, who is on the short list to coach. B) What is Mike Stoops first priority for the D?
Good question, I don't have an idea right now. Mike Stoops' first priority should be to improve the morale/attitude of the defense. Was shaky at times last season.
55-17 makes me smile all year long. How bad will the shorthorns suck again next year? another 7-5 outing? I'm hoping for 5-7 again.
Until they get a QB, they won't be much better.
The rumor is Patton is going to WSU to be on Leach's staff. Have you not heard that?
No, have not heard that.
Did any player who did not play last year shine during bowl practice?
LB Frank Shannon and S Quentin Hayes were the two names I kept hearing about.
Why is Barry Switzer doing more talking about what is going on with the coaching staff than Bob? Could this effect how much access he has in the offices?
The King will have as much access as he wants.
Any thoughts on which incoming WR is the best kick returner? Kenny is at too big a risk back there, and he doesn't look too comfortable either, or is someone else in-line?
My guess would be Sterling. He'll get a shot back there.
Trott, can you give a quick preview of ND's squad for 2012 ??.. How strong do you think they will be ??.. I think we are scheduled @ home Oct. 27..
Notre Dame should be decent. It will be a huge year for Brian Kelly. If the Irish aren't improved he could be on the hot seat.
Besides Landry, who are the best NFL prospects on next years team?
Probably Tony Jefferson
Will your OU/Texas book have a scratch and sniff of Fair foods? It should.
To the checotah guy. Since when did checotah citizens learn how to use a computer? lol Just kidding.
This team coming back doesn't sound like a National title contender from what I am hearing about Defensive deficiencies? What do you think Jake Trotter of Earth?
Probably on the second tier of national title contenders behind LSU, Bama, Oregon, USC.
Jake, do you think that this years disappointing season for the Sooners hurt them in recruiting? How good of a recruiting class do you see this years class, in comparison to the past two years?
It's a Top 10 class, and the best WR with or w/o DGB the Sooners have ever put together.
Hello im Blake Bell, some call me the belldoser most people think I dont have an arm. What do you think?
People will find out soon enough you do.
Biggest sleeper in this year Recruiting meaning under the radar that will have an immediate impact?
That's a tough one. I think both Chaz Nelson and Kass Everett could be starters for the opener.
What hapoened with devante harris
Only De'Vante and Brent Venables truly know.
IMO, what made the "belldozer" so effective was the bigger backs and power blocking scheme. Those holes were big enough that I could have been successful as QB. Do you think it will be altered where Landry can stay in as QB to have a bigger passing threat, or are the coaches too afraid of injury?
Landry is a lousy runner. The Belldozer would be a disaster with his wheels.
Do you think the co-offensive coodinator system is working?
I'm skeptical of it.
Whats the deal with the lack of defensive commits?? was this not a high priority this year?
Evidently not. Not sure why. I think they're going to try to add 4-5 down the wire.
Any rumors on OU expanding the stadium again in the next ???years ?
I thought after Zach Robinson and Dez Bryant, osu was done. Then they reloaded w/ old man Weeden and Blackmon. Do they reload again?
I could see OSU winning 9-10 games next season. If they get any kind of QB play, they'll be tough.
What is the latest on DGB, M. Stoops, Venables, Mangino...I kid, I kid.
You've been following the chat.
Do you see any area wherein we get much better next season? I don't see any.
What recruits in this class listed as ATH/WR/RB do you see moving to the defensive side of the ball in their career at OU? I know D Brooks gets his shot at RB first but what others? Shepard?
Brooks is the only one I can think of.
Do you Javon Harris getting it together next year. He and Gabe Lynn scare me when they are on the field.
It will be interesting to see if they get another shot, or if Mike moves on with guys like Kass Everett. Harris showed me some things last yr. If he can just avoid biting on playaction, he could be an effective player.
of the 4 db left on our list blake, beaver, johnson, simms? rate them is order of whom is most talented and percentages on each
That's a question for Bob.
You get to pick the head coach at OU for 1 national championship game. Who is it? Bud, Barry, or Bob?
Interesting question. Barry won so many big games. It's hard not to pick him.
Of the incoming recruits at WR, who makes the biggest name for themselves? Only count those that are committed. Metoyer, Woods, Neal, Shepard, etc.
Assuming he makes it to campus and is not rusty from the year off, I like Metoyer.
Have they published the spring practice schedule yet?
No. They'll start around March I'm guessing though.
Guys, that's all the time we have. It was fun. Sorry I couldn't get to all the questions. You can always hit up the SoonerNation mailbag. We'll do the chat again next week, same time, same place. Have a great week.