Police intelligence units aid pot farm investigations

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Police raiding massive marijuana farms 300 miles apart are discovering that the same brands of fertilizer, pesticides and shovels are often used to grow tens of thousands of high-grade pot plants. Government analysts are using such seemingly innocuous information, plugged into a shared database by drug agents in four western states, to search for patterns linking diverse operations across the West and into Mexico. “There’s definitely a quartermaster system in operation” as large-scale growers learn to take advantage of economies of scale to cut costs and maximize profits, said Jim Day, law enforcement coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott lobbied for federal money to set up the intelligence-sharing units in 2004 to go after the brains and financing behind increasingly sophisticated marijuana-growing operations. He had become frustrated that prosecutions in his Northern California district often stopped with poor Mexican immigrants illegally imported to guard the giant pot farms. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “They taught me in the Army, when you win the intelligence battle, you win the battle. That’s what we’re trying to do here with marijuana eradication,” said Scott, who doubles as an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel. “The goal is to identify the lieutenants and the captains and the heads of these organizations.” A Sacramento-based “fusion center” tracks information based not on geography, but by tying together all the information on particular drug operations that routinely span state and national borders, said Tommy LaNier, who directs the San Diego-based National Marijuana Initiative. “What we want to do is link all the cases that are tied back to these major targets that we’ve identified,” LaNier said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’re making a dent.” Before the summer’s growing season begins, the program will expand to include rural mountainous California counties that often have difficulty trading information that could help snare criminals. That sort of coordinated attack is increasingly crucial as drug cartels replace small-time marijuana growers in California’s Emerald Triangle counties of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity, and shove aside biker gangs cooking methamphetamine in the San Joaquin Valley. “This is not mom and pop stuff,” said Bill Ruzzamenti, who heads a Central Valley drug task force. “We’re investigating one group that I am convinced is growing a million plants in several different states. It just boggles the mind.” The intelligence units that pull together tidbits from California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho are credited with helping break up two major growing operations in California’s Central Valley in the last year. Oscar Rosales of Fresno is accused of heading an operation that smuggled high-grade marijuana from California and low-quality pot from Mexico to buyers across the nation. Forty-two people were charged in that case, including Reuben James Houston, a senior starting cornerback for Georgia Tech who was allegedly going to distribute 100 pounds in Atlanta when he was arrested in June. A second investigation brought 64 arrests in an operation that allegedly distributed marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine from the Mexican border to Oregon. Investigators in those two cases – along with Scott and marijuana eradication teams for California, Los Angeles, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks – will be among 29 individuals and programs nationwide recognized at an anti-drug conference later this month in Washington, D.C.. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Athens rallies to beat Auburndale softball

first_imgBrokish has three hits, RBI for ApachesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Athens rallied from a two-run deficit to defeat Auburndale 6-5 in a nonconference softball game Friday at Auburndale High School.Auburndale scored three times in the third inning to take a 5-3 lead before the Bluejays retaliated with three runs in the top of the fifth and held on from there for the victory.Auburndale could only muster four hits, three from Robyn Brokish.Rachael Bolder suffered the loss for the Apaches, allowing the three runs in the fifth.Auburndale will play at the Tigerton Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Bluejays 6, Apaches 5Athens 201 030 0 – 6 7Auburndale 203 000 0 – 5 4LP: Rachael Bolder.SO: Robyn Brokish (3 inn.) 1, R. Bolder (4 inn.) 0. BB: Brokish 2, R. Bolder 2.Top hitters: AUB, Brokish 3×4, 2B, RBI; Hannah Bolder 2B, RBI; Brooke Anderson 2 runs.Athens statistics not provided.Records: Athens 5-1; Auburndale 0-4.last_img read more

Confirmed: PaidContent Bought By the Guardian – Here’s How Media History is Made

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#New Media#web The trailblazing blog PaidContent, specializing in coverage of the business of new media, will be acquired by the Guardian Media Group, writes Kara Swisher tonight in a very sweet scoop. As Swisher says, it’s a coup for new media – but it’s another great move by the Guardian Media Group as well.Kara Swisher expects an announcement tomorrow, but the deal was essentially confirmed a few minutes ago on Twitter in a conversation between the Guardian’s Technology Editor Charles Arthur and travel writer Craig McGinty. Jeff Jarvis also says he’s got embargoed info on it – so this sounds very real. Below are our thoughts about what it means.PaidContent is a blog that some readers here may not be familiar with, but it has been among the top revenue generators among high-profile new media outlets for several years. What PaidContent DoesThe company has a diverse strategy, including PaidContent.org, mobile content coverage at MocoNews, coverage of India at ContentSutra, PaidContent UK, a number of small industry conference and paid research reports.PaidContent is regularly the first to report on fundings and acquisitions and the site combines speed with high quality writing. All of us could aspire to perform so well. It is notable that Swisher reports the price was “north of $30 million.” While that’s a nice sum for a blog, one of if not the largest sums paid for a blog network to date, but only relatively small technology providers on the web go for so little these days. The site launched in 2002 and its advertisers are B2B service providers that many of us in the consumer tech world don’t think about much. They are the companies that power the public facing media services we later consume. All the way back in 2006 Business 2.0 magazine reported that PaidContent was set to bring in $1 million in annual ad revenue. In March PaidContent hired the former head of DownJones and Yahoo Finance to be its CEO.The Guardian is On FireThe London Guardian, the flagship newspaper of the Guardian Media Group, has become a trailblazer in its own right well before this deal. It’s a newspaper with its own developer platform; the newspaper hired then Yahoo Developer Network head Matt McAlister in March.For the last year and a half the Guardian has run a campaign called FreeOurData.org.uk – agitating for public data APIs and portability. How incredible is that, from a news organization? One of the results of that agitation was the creation of the publicly funded mashup contest called Show Us a Better Way, which we covered here last week.What do you get when you combine cutting edge tech openness with some of the leading new media publishers online? A kick ass publisher ready for the 21st century, hopefully. Meanwhile the rest of the newspaper industry struggles to survive attacks from Craigslist.If this deal really goes down, and we expect that it will, it’s a great move by all parties involved. Industry watchers have wondered both how leading blogs will be monetized long term and how newspapers will survive. This is one part of that unfolding story. marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Where Does Android Register on Google’s “Evil” Meter?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Related Posts Tags:#Google#mobile#news#web center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As we mentioned briefly last night, Google is going to attempt to reintegrate Android into the main Linux kernel – the code had been booted in December because it was “no longer being cared for,” according to Greg Kroah-Hartman, the Novell developer who maintains the staging, USB and driver core for Linux. The reintroduction process will take years, says Google open source programs manager Chris DiBona. On the one hand, it’s good to see Google trying to do the right thing by the open source community, but on the other hand, the argument could be made that Google appropriated Linux for its own for-profit ends without giving back.This move has been dubbed by some as “evil,” (in reference to Google’s infamous company motto, “Do No Evil”). The issue: Google forked Android’s development into private branches, implemented a closed code review process and and then trademarked the “Android” name all while providing an incomplete public software developers kit which is missing several key items needed to build a Android-based handset. Open? No. But is that evil?The Arguments as to Android “Openness”…or Lack ThereofVision Mobile’s research director Andreas Constantinou makes these same points and more over on the blog run by the market analysis and strategy firm. The post, entitled “Is Android Evil?” is worth reading in its entirety. But we’ll summarize some of the main points here by snipping out a handful of his top arguments as to why Android isn’t really open source software: Private branches: As noted above, select partners (OEMs mostly) have access to private codelines that are estimated to be 6+ months ahead of the public SDK. This allows them to stay competitive.Close review process: All code reviewers work for Google. Few outside contributions get in with no explanation as to why.Speed of evolution: Google innovates on Android so quickly that OEMs have no choice but to remain close to the company in order to get in on the new features and bug fixes.Incomplete software: The public SDK lacks radio integration, international language packs and operator packs. Android is a trademarked name. Private roadmap: The published roadmap is a year out of date. You have to contact Google to see the private one. Constantinou makes a few other arguments, too, like how the Android Marketplace is controlled by Google for example, but that’s not really as important to this issue – especially since there’s no Apple-like review process when it comes to accepting new applications. Another argument to Android’s not-so-open nature is that Google chose the Apache license so the derivative code doesn’t have to be contributed back. Google’s DiBona dismissed this, claiming differentiation is good and enables commercial vendors to succeed, according to the ZDNet report. Profit Isn’t EvilCommercial success with Linux isn’t a new (or “evil”) idea, though. Distributions like Redhat, SuSE, Oracle Unbreakable Linux – heck, even Tivo – among many others have turned a profit thanks to Linux. That’s not evil, that’s just good business. But the issue here is that Google is succeeding commercially on top of Linux while making changes to Android that are not shared with the community. Meanwhile, they get to promote “Android” as “open,” when, in reality, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The question we ask now is this: does this make the Android business “evil?” Or does Google get a pass since Android is far more open, comparatively speaking, than most other mobile operating systems today? Where does Android fall on Google’s “evil meter? in your eyes? The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Exascalar and Cost Effective HPC

first_imgI know… you’re probably thinking, “what the *?” The phrases “Cost effective” and “HPC” seem as rarely seen together as are a double bill of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Rocky Horror Picture Show. But, in fact, with rapidly expanding efficiency and performance capability of supercomputing systems, electricity costs in large scale machines may warrant deeper scrutiny of the need for newer hardware. What got me thinking about this was a startling realization about systems near the lower left “Corner of Inefficiency” of the familiar Exascalar plot below.The systems near that lower left corner are almost a factor of one hundred less efficient than the most efficient systems of comparable performance. In other words they consume about one hundred times the energy for comparable work. This can be a big deal, for instance a 20kW system or a 2.0 MW system. If you think about the cost of electricity, there could be some real ROI there.So the question is how to visualize that difference in cost. The point of what I discuss below is not to provide an accurate cost analysis for every application, but to show how this general framework can be put to use.Costs of supercomputers, especially those at the forefront of innovation, are difficult to estimate. For the purposes here I chose to use a published cost of the Lawrence Livermore Labs Sequoia computer as the anchor point for this analysis. For comparison read about the ORNL supercomputer here. Assuming a constant $/flops one can easily scale capital cost according to performance. This scaling is shown as the horizontal lines in the Figure below.Electricity costs also vary widely from location to location.  Industrial electricity costs are actually falling in the US, but for the sake of simplicity I have assumed $0.07/kWh with an assumed facility PUE of 1.6. $0.07 is about the average industrial electricity rate in the US.  This translates, conveniently, to a total energy cost of about $1/(Watt*Year). You can see system-level annualized energy costs in the Figure.From this point it is pretty straight forward to calculate a payback time for replacing inefficient servers. It’s interesting they work out to be vertical lines. It’s interesting that they times for return on investment show up as vertical lines. It’s astounding that they are so short. In several cases, less than a year!Again, this is not intended to be a definitive analysis of return on investment or total cost of supercomputer ownership. But I think this initial estimate is provocative enough to warrant further investigation. To me it looks like millions are on the table.So, what are you waiting for?last_img read more

Injured MS Dhoni shows no discomfort in India’s practice session

first_imgMS Dhoni is recovering from a thumb injury.Injured Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni attended an intense training session at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday showing no sign of discomfort on account of his right thumb injury, raising the prospect of his participation in the first Test against Australia starting December 9.The injury initially forced him out of the first Test and batsman Virat Kohli was named as the stand-in skipper for the match. Dhoni joined the rest of the team on Friday and after a day’s rest attended practice, facing the Indian fast bowlers at the nets.Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron were the most spirited of the bowlers as they worked up genuine pace and beat the bat of frontline batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara on several occasions. Dhoni also faced the in-form pacers on one of the three practice pitches.Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin and newcomer Karn Sharma occupied one of the pitches while the third one was used by the batsmen to face throw-downs.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Seems Convinced The OSU Run Game Is Close, But Is It?

first_imgI’m not besmirching what Childs did. He was great, and good for him because he’s been with the program through some down times. It was the best college football game he has ever played. That’s awesome.And you guys know my feelings on Hill. I think he’s great. I think he’s going to be great and is already great. I think he’s the next Joe Randle. He also had some really good runs on Saturday.But none of this means the run game woes are no more.In fact, let’s look at those here. I went back and looked up the total yards-per-carry totals for OSU in its three non-conference games dating back to 2010 (I only included the first three non-con games of 2010 to try and accurately match it up with the other years). OK, here we go.#okstate yards per carry in non-conference play … 2010: 5.32011: 4.72012: 7.02013: 4.82014: 4.22015: 4.92016: 3.1?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 19, 2016 Oh my goodness.OSU has been a full yard per carry worse in non-conference play this season than in any season since Dana Holgorsen took over the offense in 2010. You can’t blame the schedule either. Yeah, Pitt is pretty good, but OSU played Florida State in 2014. It played Mississippi State in 2013. It played Arizona in 2012. These teams were all as good or better than Pitt.OSU also currently ranks No. 113 in the nation in sacks allowed (OU is No. 117 by the way). And this is part of the problem. If you take out Rudolph’s “runs” OSU jumps up to 4.5 yards per carry.But I didn’t take out the QB “runs” in any of the other seasons either. Sacks were fair game there as they always are (although the QBs in those seasons weren’t sacked as much). And it’s not like the sacks don’t count in the game! The refs don’t say, “well the QB had it and he wasn’t trying to run so it doesn’t count.” It’s just that you would categorize the issues under “offensive line” instead of “run game.”So all of this is a problem. One we haven’t really discussed that much because, you know, the run game seems better for the most part. Gundy says they’re one guy away on most plays, and maybe that’s true. But in terms of pure numbers, things are somehow getting worse and not better.UPDATE (2:33 p.m.): I went back and took out sack numbers for the last three years. Still not great. And my point still remains. The running game hasn’t gotten better statistically.2014: 4.8 YPC2015: 5.4 YPC2016: 4.2 YPC Rennie Childs ran for 101 yards and four TDs on 10 carries on Saturday against Pitt. That’s terrific. Really good. The first time an OSU RB has run for 100+ against a Power 5 opponent since, gulp, the 2015 Cactus Bowl. That was two seasons ago.But is the run game even going in the right direction? Mike Gundy thinks so.“Well, as I mentioned earlier, it’s not good enough, but we’re just one guy away,” said Gundy. “One play, it’s the right guard. The next play everybody is blocked, it’s the left guard. Another play, everybody is blocked, and it’s the right tackle.“We’re just one guy away on a lot of plays from being better in the running game. Over the last two years, we were three guys at a time away up front. We’re making improvements. Rennie (Childs) played the best game he’s ever played. He showed speed, he showed some allusiveness. Chris Carson is hurt, so we don’t have him for a while. I liked the way Justice ran. He was close to breaking a couple. He did a nice job for a true freshman.”center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Slew of NFL Scouts In Attendance for Saturday’s Game in Waco

first_imgBetween the two teams who took the field at McLane Stadium on Saturday night was a plethora of up-and-coming talent who will have a future beyond the collegiate level. So on Saturday night several NFL scouts made their way to watch and scout some of that talent with representatives from eight NFL teams on hand.NFL Scouts in attendance for #OSUvsBAY–GiantsPackersSaintsBrownsJetsPanthers 49ersChargers— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) September 24, 2016Which makes sense, because Cleveland needs to know wh0 they’re getting as their No. 1 pick for the 2018 draft. #TankForRudolph While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Poll Results: 60 Percent of OSU Fans Think 2016 Team Worse Than 2015

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I was curious to see what OSU fans are thinking after four games this year. The sky has felt at times like it’s falling, but I was actually encouraged by the way OSU played down in Waco last weekend despite the loss. Of course this time last season OSU was also 4-0 and on the verge of six more in a row.Wins and loss so often affect the way we view teams (and they should of course), but sometimes they don’t tell the entire story. It matters who you play. It matters how you won or lost. No rational person would say that a team that lost 12 games in a row to Alabama by the score of 30-29 and is 0-12 is definitively worse than a team that beat Kansas 12 times in a row 45-0.These things are difficult to decipher which is why the discussion is fun. I happen to think this year’s team is slightly better (or at least more talented) though I believe I underestimated the value of The General inside the red zone on offense. Did you see what Mike Gundy said about Texas’ two QB system on Monday?“Swoopes brings another dimension to the table. So, I’m guessing they feel like, in certain circumstances, he’s the best chance to be successful,” said Gundy. “That’s why we used two players last year, and I think it’s a great scheme. I wish that we had it and they didn’t.”Pretty interesting. So yeah, I think this year’s team, despite its 2-2 record, is mildly better than last year’s team. Last year’s team basically played one dominant game (and boy was it a dominant game) and won all of its coin flips. We should have seen the reversion to the mean coming, I suppose, even if we didn’t want to.Onto the comments (also for those wondering about why I only put the polls on Twitter — it makes implementation into the site much easier which will be a big deal come December … stay tuned). Today’s poll question is this year’s #okstate football team is ___________ than last year’s team.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 27, 2016Mark: I say they are the same because the defense seems the same as at the end of last year, maybe even a little worse. There are positives, sure, but stats don’t lie… we are in the bottom three of the ENTIRE FBS in big plays allowed?! That isn’t going to get it done, especially when playing the likes of T-Tech or West Virginia.On the offensive side, there are progressions in the run game, but the passing game seems largely unchanged to me. More yards gained perhaps, but Rudolph seems to have regressed in certain respects. I dunno, he played well in Baylor but I need to see that become consistent before I change my mind on his regression.Nate: This year’s team is really 3-1 and probably played better against Baylor on Saturday than compared to any of the first 4 games of 2015. This year’s team is definitely better, but it’s just hard to tell how much.Chris: We didn’t lose to CMU so I’d say we are the same. Baylor is a bad matchup for us. We lost to them last year and it wasn’t much of a contest. We aren’t in any different shape than last year. Running game looks like it might be improved from a year ago as well. Turnovers kill though.PF: The team as a whole is better. The coaching as a whole is worse. The luck is much worse. The bounces that made us look better than we were last year are making us look worse than we are this year. Ain’t karma a female dog?!?Eric: We’re an untimed down from being a one loss team against a team that they were capable of beating. Just need to execute.Daniel: We are better this year.. Just more unlucky this year as well..last_img read more

Roundtable: How Do We Feel With The Season 25 Percent Over?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Here at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Porter (Publisher): Is OSU better this year than it was last year?Thomas Fleming (Xs and Os): Their offense is better, defense is worseSam Aldrich (Head of Hoops): A little bit worse, a lot more unlucky. I think most (rational) OSU fans would concede that Texas and Iowa State last year probably should have been losses, and K-State and West Virginia very well could have been.Kyle Boone (Head of Crootin): Defensively they have taken a huge step back after losing quality depth with Kevin Peterson and Michael Hunter gone. But offensively they have improved at every position except at wide receiver, where they look about the same to me. Marcell Ateman getting back on the field would be a bonus.Justin Southwell (Chief Uni Officer): Time will tell. Or un-timed will tell how unlucky we are.I think we are about the same – probably slightly better. Defense held Baylor to just 35 points (and they probably would have held them to less if Fresh Legs had a legitimate suspension for abusing his dog).Porter: Fresh Legs! We miss Peterson and Hunter a lot. I’ve been meaning to write about that this week. I think all of us (?) noted cornerback as a worry spot coming into the season, but it has been ghastly at times. No Justin Gilbert or K-Pete to lock down other teams’ Fresh Legs or KD Cannons.Flrming: Pipkins, Lampkin and Richards have all been inconsistent. And double moves have been their downfall. Against Baylor, at least.Aldrich: Which is sort of shocking, considering how many starts each of the three corners mentioned above have under their belt at this level.Caleb Deck (Intern): It’s hard to compare with a different non-con schedule and adding a tough game against Pitt, but Baylor is a nearly equitable comparison. We held them to 10 less points this year while they had their QB1 who is no scrub. Yes they don’t have Coleman but their WR are pretty similar and the defense as a whole held well other than biting on those big plays. Hard to fault the defense when they seem to be playing more consistent though they are giving up more big plays than last year.Porter: What did everybody think about Boone calling out Gundy in the media for the second time this season? Jonesing for Lester to come back to Stilly or just blowing off steam after two frustrating losses? (edited)Boone: I think he’s frustrated in general with Mike Gundy that stems from last years three game losing streak to end the season. They are 2-5 in the last five games which has to irk Boone. Maybe he doesn’t feel like he’s getting enough bang for his buck, which is somewhat understandable. But him flapping his mouth like that is getting old.Aldrich:  I think it was uncalled for and reactionary- I get that he’s mad about how last year ended and 2016 has begun, but you have to take a step back and realize how spoiled OSU fans have been with Gundy. Kyle P referenced on Twitter some of the programs the Gundy-Era Pokes have had more wins than  Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami, UCLA, Stanford..Southwell: It’s a bit of a distraction, but it’s also something that is pretty easy to brush off. We’re obviously off to a disappointing start, which could warrant some words to fire a team up, but that should come from the head coach. Everyone should be fully focused on beating Texas, but this has become a talking point.  If OSU can be competitive like we believe they should be, then this will quickly become a non-issueDeck: While I appreciate all Boone has done for our state, university, and the oil and gas industry (Go NGL’s!), he’s no Sam Presti and Gundy is a heck of a ball coach in his own right. There is not playing down the impact Pickens has had on the school and program, but I’m not sure that validates him throwing out whatever ideas pop into his head on the state of athletic program. It should have no more impact on the school or team than what any other 88 year old fan and alumnus says.Southwell: Can’t fault him for having an opinion. I’m glad he cares enough about OSU to speak his mind. I’m sure he knows his words carry a lot of weight.Deck: I definitely agree, I just hope his words in an area outside of his expertise are taken with a grain of salt as well.Porter: I’m sure Mike Holder is extraordinarily thrilled about all of this.last_img read more