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100% Orange Juice: Piecing Together O-Line, Cowgirl Soccer Kicks off

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Coming into this season, the Oklahoma State football team is missing a important cog in the machine that has made the Cowboys so successful over the years. No, it’s not Kye Staley. No, it’s not Tracy Moore. It’s Joe Wickline.

For the stretch that Oklahoma State football has been successful, the O-Line because less of a question and more of an assumption. Year after year, the offensive line was the most reliable and steady part of high-powered offense that has torched the Big 12 and abroad for several years running.

Now no more assumptions. Only questions.

Once Joe Wickline made his way to Texas and left the team without the most constant force in it’s success, Mike Gundy had to find a way to replace such an important piece. As he did with hiring the extremely unknown Mike Yurcich, Gundy hired Bob Connelly, a man that had coached from some big teams but was no where near an equal replacement for Wickline. This season, Connelly must pick up the pieces and all cowboys fans hope that he will be able to step into the shoes of his predecessor and keep the trend going.

To read more about the breakdown of the offensive line and how it will be pieced together, John Helsley of the NewsOK.com has the story.

Connelly can’t do anything about comparisons to Wickline. But he can – and is – at work piecing together a capable unit from the wreckage, created at least in part by Wickline, who left the cupboard somewhat barren.

Can’t blame Wickline for taking the the job, but it hurts a little bit on the inside when you have someone up and leave. No one likes to get left alone at the school dance with two drinks while you see the quarterback (Texas being a second-string quarterback that gets the girls because he does yoga with his shirt off) dancing with your girl.

Women’s soccer is three days away and a dominant team in the Cowgirls is ready to get back to being in the national spotlight (or as much as soccer can be in the spotlight).

The team returns 10 out of 11 starters this year, which bodes well for the dominant program. The Cowgirls have won 4 out of the last 6 Big 12 championships and have received a berth in the NCAA championships 7 out of the last 10 years.

For more on Cowgirls’ soccer season, sportpagemagazine.com has the release from Oklahoma State athletics.

The Cowgirls will be without one of those returning starters in 2014, however, as goalie Michela Ongaro will miss the season due to a knee injury. But senior Rosa Medina, who started the first eight games last season and has 14 career starts in the net, is expected to fill that void.

As I played two games of JV soccer as a goalie in high school, I know how difficult playing goalie can be. This injury will be interesting for a team looking to have a dominant year, but replacing injured players with seniors is never a bad thing.

 

In other non-OSU news…

-The first ebola patient treated in the United States has made a full recovery, what this means for a vaccine, I have no idea. I don’t mean to speculate on medical stuff. I can barely put a Band-aid on right.

-A possibly-to-erupt volcano is hindering Penn State’s possibility of having an opener in Ireland. A volcano…

-Mike Gundy and Burns Hargis took part in the Ice Bucket challenge yesterday…

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