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January 16, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Jake Trotter

Jake Trotter
  (4:02 PM)

Ok, let's get rolling

tyler (wisconsin)

jake trotter what are your feelings on DGB's landing place?

Jake Trotter
  (4:03 PM)

I give Arkansas a slight edge, but the Sooners are right there. It's going down to the wire.

Ben (Iowa)

When can we expect a BV decision?

Jake Trotter
  (4:03 PM)

Perhaps the next 24 hours. Considering the recruiting timetable, Clemson is not going to wait long for an answer.

George W (Plano)

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.

Jake Trotter
  (4:06 PM)

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?

Mark Mangino (Headed to Norman?)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:07 PM)

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.

Mike Stoops (Norman)

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.

Jake Trotter
  (4:10 PM)

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.

Dabo (The Lake House)

Do you think OU will wait until tomorrow for an announcement, respecting MKL JR. Day?

Jake Trotter
  (4:11 PM)

Uh, what announcement?

Greg (Norman)

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!

Jake Trotter
  (4:12 PM)

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.

Sean (Tucson, az)

Do you think Mike Stoops will get criticized less for his Sideline Mania in Norman than he did as a HC in the desert?

Jake Trotter
  (4:12 PM)

Probably. OU fans actually enjoyed his sideline antics. As long as he doesn't go Woody Hayes on a player, he should be fine.

DGB (Missery)

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.

Jake Trotter
  (4:13 PM)

Just 3? If you go by track record, OU has been pretty stout at developing QBs.

jeff (tulsa, ok)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:15 PM)

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.

chad (norman)

Any idea, word, inkling on who the other 2 OOC games will be for OU this year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:15 PM)

No inkling. Just know it will be two cupcakes.

Wyatt (Chickasha)

What are OU's biggest defensive needs for next year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:15 PM)

DE, DT, LB, CB and S.

Cooper (Olathe KS)

Jake what is your prediction on the final recruiting class in terms of numbers and possible last minute prospects?

Jake Trotter
  (4:17 PM)

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.

Mike (Houston)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:18 PM)

Arkansas is the slight favorite, but OU and Mizzou remain in the mix.

Tittiezbeernsoonerfb (Miami in 2013)

If Brent Venebles leaves, is Randy Shannon our first choice for LB coach? If so, do the allegations in Miami taint his chances?

Jake Trotter
  (4:19 PM)

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.

James (OKC)

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.

Jake Trotter
  (4:20 PM)

Nothing like being at Wiley Post at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night. Next time, I promise we'll make it lively.

Jay (Kentucky)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:21 PM)

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.

chad (norman)

What recruits are potential big time gets in this last 2 weeks before NSD?

Jake Trotter
  (4:23 PM)

OT Zach Banner would be a huge get, so would CB Brandon Beavers.

Joshua (Houston)

Jake, you keep answering the same 3 questions over and over. How does that make you feel? Also, best defensive player next year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:24 PM)

Maybe next time I'll get some DGB questions... Tony Jefferson.

Andy (Oklahoma)

Does Oklahoma get DGB?

Jake Trotter
  (4:24 PM)

See what I mean?

michael (eufaula ok)

When will we know David Smith's decision?

Jake Trotter
  (4:25 PM)

I believe he is announcing Tuesday.

Bart (Norman)

Any thoughts or impressions from the RB that visited over the weekend?

Jake Trotter
  (4:25 PM)

David Smith. He's choosing between West Virginia and OU. I like the Sooners' chances.

michael (oklahoma)

If we dont get BV back is there a chance we could land Randy Shannon?

Jake Trotter
  (4:25 PM)

Possibly, but I think Stoops would go in a different direction.

Kendal Thompson (Norman)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:26 PM)

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.

Michael (Pendley)

Hey Jake, I know its early but give me your prediction for our record next season. Thanks

Jake Trotter
  (4:27 PM)

Impossible to do without seeing the schedule.

Kyle (Hawaii)

If Venables leaves, what impact will that have on current defensive recruits? Also, why is the defensive recruiting class thus far so weak?

Jake Trotter
  (4:29 PM)

What defensive recruits? This class is about offense. I'm not sure why it's so weak. The JC guys should help, though.

PATRICK (OKLAHOMA)

WHY DOES EVERONE WANT TO SEE LANDRY GO TO THE NFL?

Jake Trotter
  (4:29 PM)

Why are you typing in caps?

Steve (Tulsa)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:30 PM)

Yes. Depends on the schedule. If OU has to go to TCU, West Virginia and Texas Tech, that won't be easy.

Greg (Norman)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:31 PM)

You know it.

Whitney Hand (Norman)

Does my fiance have a legitimate shot at winning the Heisman next year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:32 PM)

Why not? Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin, Trent Richardson, Kellen Moore, Justin Blackmon all gone.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

For clarification, were Justin McCay and Sheldon McClain asked to leave, mutual decision or they left on their own?

Jake Trotter
  (4:32 PM)

I believe they were told their chances of playing at OU were slim, and that they might be better off playing somewhere else.

Kevin (Dallas)

The correct prediction for next year is 13-0. Know your audience. :)

Jake Trotter
  (4:32 PM)

There you go.

Kevin (Dallas)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:33 PM)

Roy Williams?

chad (norman)

Assuming the current high rated commits fill the void of their respective position, what position is still loose?

Jake Trotter
  (4:33 PM)

Not sure I understand the question, but DT is a place where the Sooners have basically put off until next year.

mike bassi (campbell ca)

Do you think we are going to see any coaching changes on the offense?

Jake Trotter
  (4:34 PM)

No

Alfie Abraham (Mexico)

Your thoughts on the impact of Ross next year ?

Jake Trotter
  (4:34 PM)

Depends on Whaley. If Whaley is still recovering, Ross may be asked to play a role.

Chuck Liddell (Everywhere)

Between you, Dane, Bob, and Brandon... Who would be the last man standing in an MMA cage match?

Jake Trotter
  (4:35 PM)

I can tell you it wouldn't be Bob.

Chris (Colorado)

We have a solid o-line next year... best in Big 12? Compare it to '08.

Jake Trotter
  (4:36 PM)

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.

Michael (Dallas, TX)

When will we have the final 2012 football schedule revealed?

Jake Trotter
  (4:36 PM)

Hopefully before September.

Michael Pendley (Eufaula, OK)

Hey Jake, give me an early prediction. What will our record be next season?

Michael (oklahoma)

What is your prediction for our record next season? I know its early just curious..

Jake Trotter
  (4:37 PM)

I can't predict a record until the schedule comes out. That's a huge factor.

Nolan (Iowa City)

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)

Jake Trotter
  (4:38 PM)

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.

soonerpeace (Norman)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:40 PM)

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.

Joshua (Houston)

Can you update us on the book you are writing?

Jake Trotter
  (4:40 PM)

It's an OU-Texas book.

Markus (Checotah)

I keep seeing a guy from Eufaula posting questions. When did the Ironheads learn how to spell?

Jake Trotter
  (4:41 PM)

Nothing like it when the fans turn on each other.

Mike (Houston)

DT is still somewhat of a weakness IMO. Who will we see making an impact next fall there?

Jake Trotter
  (4:42 PM)

Keep an eye on Jordan Phillips.

Lois Lane (Metropolis)

What odds would you give Superman coming aboard to coach this year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:42 PM)

Better than 0.

Gentry (Las Vegas)

A) If BV leaves, who is on the short list to coach. B) What is Mike Stoops first priority for the D?

Jake Trotter
  (4:43 PM)

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.

Mike (Clinton)

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.

Jake Trotter
  (4:43 PM)

Until they get a QB, they won't be much better.

thebigdroot (Oklahoma)

The rumor is Patton is going to WSU to be on Leach's staff. Have you not heard that?

Jake Trotter
  (4:44 PM)

No, have not heard that.

James (OKC)

Did any player who did not play last year shine during bowl practice?

Jake Trotter
  (4:45 PM)

LB Frank Shannon and S Quentin Hayes were the two names I kept hearing about.

thebigdroot (Oklahoma)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:45 PM)

The King will have as much access as he wants.

Jay (OKC)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:46 PM)

My guess would be Sterling. He'll get a shot back there.

Tosh (Dallas)

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..

Jake Trotter
  (4:46 PM)

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.

R3D Mamba (Hobart)

Besides Landry, who are the best NFL prospects on next years team?

Jake Trotter
  (4:47 PM)

Probably Tony Jefferson

SL66 (Taos)

Will your OU/Texas book have a scratch and sniff of Fair foods? It should.

Jake Trotter
  (4:47 PM)

Noted

Michael (Eufaula, OK)

To the checotah guy. Since when did checotah citizens learn how to use a computer? lol Just kidding.

Jake Trotter
  (4:47 PM)

Comeback

Zod (Norman)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:48 PM)

Probably on the second tier of national title contenders behind LSU, Bama, Oregon, USC.

Wade (Weatherford)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:48 PM)

It's a Top 10 class, and the best WR with or w/o DGB the Sooners have ever put together.

Blake Bell (norman ok)

Hello im Blake Bell, some call me the belldoser most people think I dont have an arm. What do you think?

Jake Trotter
  (4:49 PM)

People will find out soon enough you do.

ouwooferman (Houston)

Biggest sleeper in this year Recruiting meaning under the radar that will have an immediate impact?

Jake Trotter
  (4:51 PM)

That's a tough one. I think both Chaz Nelson and Kass Everett could be starters for the opener.

Norman (Norman)

What hapoened with devante harris

Jake Trotter
  (4:51 PM)

Only De'Vante and Brent Venables truly know.

James (OKC)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:51 PM)

Landry is a lousy runner. The Belldozer would be a disaster with his wheels.

Larry (Houston)

Do you think the co-offensive coodinator system is working?

Jake Trotter
  (4:52 PM)

I'm skeptical of it.

greg jones (broken arrow)

Whats the deal with the lack of defensive commits?? was this not a high priority this year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:52 PM)

Evidently not. Not sure why. I think they're going to try to add 4-5 down the wire.

ouwooferman (Houston)

Any rumors on OU expanding the stadium again in the next ???years ?

Jake Trotter
  (4:52 PM)

None

Joshua (Houston)

I thought after Zach Robinson and Dez Bryant, osu was done. Then they reloaded w/ old man Weeden and Blackmon. Do they reload again?

Jake Trotter
  (4:53 PM)

I could see OSU winning 9-10 games next season. If they get any kind of QB play, they'll be tough.

Dustin (Tulsa)

What is the latest on DGB, M. Stoops, Venables, Mangino...I kid, I kid.

Jake Trotter
  (4:53 PM)

You've been following the chat.

Ben (Washington)

Do you see any area wherein we get much better next season? I don't see any.

Jake Trotter
  (4:54 PM)

Pass defense?

Greg (Norman)

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?

Jake Trotter
  (4:54 PM)

Brooks is the only one I can think of.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

Do you Javon Harris getting it together next year. He and Gabe Lynn scare me when they are on the field.

Jake Trotter
  (4:55 PM)

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.

tyler (wisconsin)

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

Jake Trotter
  (4:55 PM)

That's a question for Bob.

Mike (Ohio)

You get to pick the head coach at OU for 1 national championship game. Who is it? Bud, Barry, or Bob?

Jake Trotter
  (4:56 PM)

Interesting question. Barry won so many big games. It's hard not to pick him.

Mike (Ohio)

Of the incoming recruits at WR, who makes the biggest name for themselves? Only count those that are committed. Metoyer, Woods, Neal, Shepard, etc.

Jake Trotter
  (4:57 PM)

Assuming he makes it to campus and is not rusty from the year off, I like Metoyer.

ouwooferman (Houston)

Have they published the spring practice schedule yet?

Jake Trotter
  (4:57 PM)

No. They'll start around March I'm guessing though.

Jake Trotter
  (4:58 PM)

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.