Author Joseph Waring Huaweimemory chipsSamsungsmartphones KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Related Samsung Electronics predicted robust results for its third quarter due to a strong rebound in smartphone demand and a surge in memory chip sales as Huawei stocked up ahead of new US trade restrictions that went into effect in mid-September.In an earnings guidance issued today (8 October), the consumer electronics giant forecast operating profit in the July to September period grew 58.1 per cent year-on-year to KRW12.3 trillion ($10.6 billion) and consolidated sales rose 6.5 per cent to KRW66 trillion.The operating profit would be Samsung’s highest since Q3 2018, when the figure hit KRW17.5 trillion, while the revenue estimate would be its largest ever, topping the KRW65.98 trillion recorded in Q4 2017, Yonhap News Agency reported.Sales of Galaxy smartphones were estimated to be up by about 50 per cent from Q2 to around 80 million units as retail channels in major markets started to return to normal, with the ASP of its smartphones increasing 10 per cent sequentially, the news agency stated.Samsung, along with global chip manufacturers, is banned from supplying components to Huawei after 15 September as a result of the US closing a loophole around its trade blacklist. Huawei is a major Samsung customer for memory chips.For its quarterly guidance, Samsung doesn’t disclose net profit or break out operating profit and revenue by division. It is scheduled to release full results later in the month.In Q2, the company said a partial recovery in global demand since May helped offset some Covid-19 (coronavirus) effects, with net profit rising 8.5 per cent to KRW5.5 trillion on strong demand for memory chips and appliances, and a one-off gain in its Display Panel Business, while consolidated revenue fell 5.6 per cent to KRW52.9 trillion. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 OCT 2020 Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Devices European operators target phone sustainability Huawei founder urges shift to software Previous ArticleTop US court weighs Google, Oracle patent caseNext ArticleUbitus trials cloud gaming on Singtel SA 5G network Tags HomeDevicesNews Samsung forecasts record sales in Q3
The Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in Greensboro, North Carolina is now the home to the largest Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system in the United States. The center’s events will be supported by world-class audience amenities and advanced technologies, including variable acoustical environments tailored for each performance. The project was both boldly ambitious and fiscally conservative. It was ambitious in that the $90 million facility would incorporate the latest technologies for acoustical and staging flexibility, allowing the venue to serve as a concert hall for symphony performances and opera as well as an auditorium for spoken word events and a road house for touring shows from rock concerts to Broadway musicals. It was conservative, however, in that the cost was substantially less than what would be needed to build two separate venues.“I knew from the outset that the economics would be driven by selling out touring shows, which is why we set 3,000 as our minimum capacity and designed our staging to accommodate tours well into the future,” states Matt Brown, who as managing director of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex now also carries responsibility for the Tanger Center. “Yet following the demolition of the old War Memorial Auditorium, the Greensboro Symphony was in need of a new home. Our goal was to provide an optimum environment for both types of performances without compromising either.”The challenge was handed to the acoustical consultants for the project, Arup of New York, with acoustical design at various stages guided by Matthew Mahon, Christopher Darland and Ed Arenius. Arup’s recommendation was to design the hall with relatively dry physical acoustics to accommodate spoken word and amplified music with electroacoustic enhancement added as required for most other musical events.“The symphony would have preferred a 1,600-seat symphonic concert hall, but Guilford College’s Bryan Series and Broadway series were selling double that number,” recalls Brown, “so we needed to acoustically accommodate both. That led to a thorough education on electroacoustic technology culminating in the selection of a Constellation system.”Also involved early in the process was Cliff Miller, president of SE Systems, eventually selected as the AV systems integrator. Although brought on board primarily to consult on road house requirements, Miller also helped connect key people in Greensboro to the Meyer Sound team in Berkeley.“To a great extent, the choice of Constellation was driven by a push from Dmitry Sitkovetsky, the music director of the symphony,” recalls Miller. “He visited Meyer Sound in Berkeley to hear Constellation early on when other systems were still under consideration. He also consulted with other conductors familiar with the technology before tilting strongly toward Constellation.”Not only did Sitkovetsky hear Constellation in the audience at Meyer Sound’s Pearson Theatre, he also sat in with a string quartet, playing his Stradivarius violin. In addition, he had previously noted the acoustical improvements at Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall following installation of Constellation there. Also traveling to Berkeley to audition Constellation was Tom Philion, president and CEO of ArtsGreensboro.The Constellation system as installed by SE Systems comprises a total of 205 small full-range loudspeakers mounted laterally and overhead. Eight different models were deployed, both full-range and subwoofers, all incorporating Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC for self-powered systems with simplified cabling requirements. For ambient acoustical sensing, 57 miniature condenser microphones are arrayed throughout the hall, feeding signals to the 18-module D‑Mitri® digital audio platform. Five of the modules are D-VRAS processors hosting the patented Virtual Room Acoustic System algorithm. Installation project manager for SE Systems was Sam Trexler.The Tanger Center schedule for 2021 and beyond features the Greensboro Symphony subscription series highlighting concerts with Kenny G and Sting. Also on tap is the inaugural Broadway season with Wicked, The Lion King, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Speakers for the Bryan Series include actress Sally Field and former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.“The acoustical toolset we have in Constellation as applied in a 3,000-seat setting affords economic advantages that I believe will be a model for all future performing arts venues of this type, not just here in the United States, but around the world,” summarizes Matt Brown.It was a disappointment to the arts community in Greensboro, North Carolina when COVID-19 forced cancellation of grand opening festivities for the new Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts only days before the scheduled event. The multi-day celebrations in March 2020 were to include performances by, among others, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett and Jay Leno. A new opening date has not yet been set.
The argument can be made that, in a period of heightened unemployment, any work is good work. But a new government report on the labor market shows a post-recession prevalence of low-wage, low-skill jobs, and it could present trouble in the future for the U.S. economy. Of the top 10, only registered nurses, with an annual mean wage of $68,910, had an average wage above the U.S. all-occupations mean of $22.33 per hour, or $46,440 annually. The report also says that annual mean wages for the rest of the 10 largest occupations ranged from $18,880 for combined food preparation and serving workers to $34,000 for secretaries and administrative assistants (except those in the legal, medical and executive fields). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual report on occupational employment and wages showed that most of the 10 biggest U.S. occupations are on the low end of the wage scale. The list includes the two largest professions in the labor force—retail salespersons and cashiers—as well as food prep workers, waiters and waitresses, and customer service representatives. This is not a knock against low-wage jobs or an effort to marginalize the importance of those positions. But the BLS report echoes a recent trend of “growth on the edges” of the U.S. labor force and the gradual diminishing of middle-class jobs, which will reduce consumers’ overall spending power and weaken future economic growth. Joseph Coombs is a senior analyst for workforce trends at SHRM. Fuller said the private sector and higher education industry need to pay closer attention to reports like the BLS’s occupational and wage study. HR professionals have a role as well, and can serve as liaisons between businesses and the schools that provide training for in-demand jobs. “What’s accelerating this trend is the growing percentage of departures from the workforce that are associated with retirements,” Fuller said. “Older workers won’t be replaced by old people. They’ll be replaced by young people at much lower salaries. We’re essentially skipping a generation, because Generation X is not as large. Here at our university, for example, we’re hiring assistant professors at half the salary of those who retired.” Demographics are also at play, he said. One possible avenue for “middle workers,” Fuller said, is entrepreneurship. More people may shift into consulting roles or work as sole proprietors, which would lend itself well to a service-based economy. The plethora of low-paying jobs, meanwhile, has enormous long-term implications for the U.S. economy. The retail sector could see the biggest changes, Fuller said, as well as the housing market. Uneven job growth is occurring not only in highly populated metro areas like the nation’s capital. Recent data from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission are “very similar” to that in the BLS report, said Monty Evans, a senior economist with the agency. “There are significant educational and training implications with this, and it seems like nobody is talking about it,” Fuller said. “Two-thirds of these jobs [highlighted in the BLS report] don’t even require a college degree. There should be renewed focus on vocational education.” The recession, Fuller said, forced many companies to compensate for fewer employees. Law firms, for example, learned to operate without as many associates, and other companies embraced technological upgrades to handle administrative functions. “That may be the new middle America,” he said. This movement was already in place before the Great Recession of 2007-09, but the massive economic downturn exacerbated its progression, said Stephen Fuller, economist and director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Regarding job growth in the Washington, D.C., region, which, until lately, created tens of thousands of high-paying jobs in most years, even during the recession, Fuller said “Our top end stopped growing after 2012, the low end kept going and the middle just disappeared.” “When things get tight, you learn to be efficient,” he said. “There are very few ‘backup workers’ any more, the ones in the $50,000-$60,000 salary range. Right now, there’s no reason for companies to fill the middle section. I think the middle has been lost for the next 10 or 15 years, or at least the foreseeable future. I’m not sure what’s going to bring it back.” “It may not be a bad thing if there’s a chance of advancement through a career path,” he said. “As salespersons gain experience, training and seniority, they can move to positions of greater responsibility with higher potential earnings. Think of a cashier who could move to retail salesperson and then on to a first-line supervisor and on to sales manager.” To read the original article on shrm.org, please click here. “When there’s not enough wealth accumulation to own a house, you rent,” Fuller said. “We’ll probably need more Ford Focus dealers rather than BMW dealers, as another example. This is a dynamic process, and I don’t see it being short-lived.” “The 10 largest occupations in Oklahoma accounted for more than 24 percent of total employment,” Evans said in an e-mail, “and most of these, with the exception of registered nurses and general and operations managers, were low-paying and didn’t require education of more than a high school diploma or less.” Evans conceded there may not be a “solution” to this issue since there is clear demand for these positions in the labor market. But he added that the jobs must offer opportunities for future career growth to be of true benefit to the broader economy.
More than $600K of counterfeit dolls seized at Canadian borderU.S. border authorities at the International Falls, Minnesota, port of entry discovered $600,000 worth of counterfeit dolls in a rail container. Officers seized 60,180 mermaid and fashion dolls in June after an inspection revealed copyright protected markings on them, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The counterfeit merchandise had a suggested retail price of $601,198. “The enforcement of trade laws at U.S. ports of entry remains a high priority for us,” Anthony Jackson, International Falls port director, said in the release. Jackson said counterfeiting harms consumers because manufacturers of forged products have little motivation to use safe, high-quality materials. [Source: Duluth News Tribune]Suspect stole retailer’s trailer full of merchandiseWalmart and other retail stores have dealt with shoplifters for years. But this was retail theft on a massive scale. Indiana police arrested a Tennessee man and charged him with stealing a Walmart trailer full of merchandise, WNDU reported. Josephvon Johnson, 42, of Jackson, Tennessee, was arrested in Mishawaka, Indiana, and charged with stealing a Walmart trailer from a store in Lansing, Illinois, WNDU reported. Several people were unloading the trailer and bringing the goods into a residence, police said. Walmart workers were dispatched to the home to reclaim the lost inventory, WXIN reported. The case is under review by the Saint Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office. [Source: WSBTV2 News]Another retailer warns customers of online data breachMacy’s is warning customers that the retailer discovered a cyber threat that targeted customer profiles for almost two months. According to a letter mailed to macys.com customers this week, Macy’s cyber threat alert tools detected suspicious login activities on June 11. A third party, who the retailer said obtained the information from a source other than Macy’s, was doing this “suspicious activity”. From April 26 to June 12, the third party was using valid usernames and passwords to gain access to the customers’ accounts. On June 12, Macy’s blocked the profiles that seemed to be breached by the third party.- Sponsor – A macys.com customer account will remain blocked until the customer changes the password associated with the profile, according to the letter. You should’ve received an email notifying you that your profile was blocked. If you didn’t receive an email, Macy’s said to check your junk folder for an email with the subject line “Important information about your Macy’s online profile.” If you can’t find the email, Macy’s said that your profile still may be blocked and to change the password anyway.After logging in, the unauthorized party was able to access the customer’s full name, address, phone number, email address, birthday and debit or credit card number with expiration dates. Macy’s said macys.com accounts do not include CVV numbers that appear on the backs of credit cards or Social Security numbers.In the letter, the company said customers should “remain vigilant” for fraud and identity theft. They also suggested that customers contact their debit or credit card companies to tell them about the data breach. Macy’s also said it strongly encourages customers to change the password for any online account for which you used the same username and password as your macys.com account. Because the third party got the information from a source other than Macy’s, that information still could be available. The retailer also said it arranged to have AllClear ID provide a year of free identity protection to affected customers. [Source: WKYC3 News]Employee arrested on theft chargesAn employee of JCPenney at Post Oak mall in College Station was arrested Wednesday on accusations she stole nearly $900 from her employer. According to College Station, Texas, police in early March an officer was called to the store where an asset protection specialist for the store requested the officer speak with a 22-year-old woman. The specialist explained that he had examined transaction documents, which revealed the employee had been putting store money on her own credit card. Police said the woman would write down the transaction number of a customer’s purchase, then later enter the purchase information in the store computer and list it as a return. She would then collect the money from the return for herself, authorities said. Police said the woman admitted she had done this over the course of four days, taking about $887 from the store. A warrant was later administered for her arrest, and she was taken into custody this week. The woman is charged with theft of more than $750, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines. She was released from the Brazos County Jail on $4,000 bond. [Source: The Eagle]Three accused of taking thousands worth of merchandiseAccording to police, three people are facing charges after being accused of taking thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Kohl’s in Paducah, Kentucky on Friday. Whitney L, Morgan, 22, and Teesheona Williams, 19, of Paducah were taken into custody on felony theft by shoplifting charges. A 17-year-old juvenile was taken into custody on a charge of felony theft by shoplifting. Store loss prevention associates reported the trio was hiding the items and trying to leave the store without paying reportedly saw the three. Loss prevention called police after they were seen on tape reportedly concealing items throughout the store in bags and shopping carts. One of the three left the store in a vehicle with no registration. The other two were stopped as they passed the theft detectors. The merchandise was valued at more than $3,500. Morgan and Williams were booked into the county jail. The teenager was released to her guardian after being cited. [Source: KFVS12 News]Two in getaway vehicle try to run down LP associate after $132 theftOne person has been arrested and another is being sought after the pair tried to run down a loss prevention associate following a theft at the Walmart in Secaucus, New Jersey, authorities said. Blanca Menendez, 57, of Union City, and an accomplice stole $132 worth of baby clothing from the store on June 13, Secaucus Police Capt. Dennis Miller said. The getaway vehicle, driven by the man being sought, was seen on surveillance footage as targeting the store security officers, Miller said. The surveillance video also captured an image of the license plate, and police eventually found the getaway vehicle in Union City. On June 21 Menendez surrendered at Secaucus police headquarters and she was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robber and hindering apprehension, Miller said. [Source: NJ.com] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The delivery of applications via SaaS saw exceptional growth in 2009, and many analysts expect similar growth for SaaS in 2010. A recent survey by GlassHouse found that 60 percent of CIOs already have used or are planning SaaS/Cloud Computing initiatives within the next year. Gartner estimates that 90 percent of companies that have adopted some form of SaaS are planning to expand their use of SaaS and Cloud Computing in the next year.But Matthew McCormack, an analyst at IDC, disputes the idea that SaaS is a better deal when cost is considered.“Cloud costs need to come down much further to be a realistic long term option,” said McCormack. “It could be useful in the short term financially for companies with severe cost overruns, but your datacenter would have to be really poorly run for it to be more expensive than the cloud in the long run”.McCormack and IDC seem to be in a minority with this viewpoint.Gartner has found that a major driver behind the growth of SaaS is the significant dollar savings that are possible. The Gartner survey found that executives typically cite cost-effectiveness of SaaS as the primary reason for their adoption of it. Other major drivers include ease of deployment and replacement of on-premise solutions that have not performed well. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name *E-mail *Website Category: Content Management February 5th, 2010 ‹ Scanning: 2010 Data Capture Trends Technology: Paper Documents Become Smart › Leave a Comment
UEFA Europa League Arsenal team news: Welbeck leads the line in Milan Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 00:47 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty UEFA Europa League Milan v Arsenal Milan Arsenal The England international deputises for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as the Gunners make the trip to San Siro Danny Welbeck again leads the line for Arsenal as they take on AC Milan in the Europa League.With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible and Alexandre Lacazette injured, former Manchester United forward Welbeck starts in a central attacking role.He will be flanked by Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the Gunners look to end a run of four straight defeats. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal have both been ruled out with injuries, meaning Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac again deputise at in the respective full-back roles.Aaron Ramsey returns after missing Sunday’s defeat to Brighton while David Ospina reprises his role as Arsene Wenger’s cup goalkeeper in place of Petr Cech.Milan are unbeaten in their last 13 matches ahead of the last-16 clash with manager Gennaro Gattuso having revitalised one of the great teams of European football history.Academy product Patrick Cutrone unsurprisingly starts up front for the Rossoneri, with Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu supporting him from wide areas.AC Milan XI: G.Donnarumma; Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessi, Biglia, Bonaventura; Suso, Calhanoglu, Cutrone.Subs: A.Donnarumma, Zapata, Locatelli, Montolivo, Borini, Kalinic, Silva.Arsenal XI: Ospina; Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck.Subs: Cech, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Iwobi, Nelson, Nketiah.
TD1216 Through two seasons in Stillwater, I’m not sure Tylan Wallace has been better than James Washington, but the fact that it’s a debate is pretty amazing.In his first season with the Pokes, No. 28 played on that lousy 2014 team that afforded him the opportunity to run around and develop away from the spotlight. He posted a superior freshman season to Wallace’s freshman season, but then in 2015 things got real in a hurry. OSU started 10-0, and Washington was tops on a laugh-out-loud receiving corps. Look at how many pros are on this list!For Wallace it went a little bit the other way. His freshman year team was loaded, and Kasey Dunn recently said he only played because they recognized the talent but that it probably hurt his development that he had so many freaks ahead of him.Then last year he was on a 6-6 team (like Washington in 2014) and he took off, posting better single-year numbers than anything Washington did until his senior season. Add it all up, and here’s where they are after two full years at OSU. After Year 2WallaceWashington Catches9381 YPC17.319.0 Yards16091543 Wallace actually has more yards through 18 games than Washington had in 25, which is wild when you think about how good Washington was so early on.Dunn was recently ask to compare the two, and he was candid about their strengths.“Tylan is a better route-runner,” said Dunn. “He’s got equal ball skill. That includes downfield. James just had this explosiveness, power that was unmatched. He was so strong to the ball.“Tylan is a better route runner. James was better down the field making that longer ball play. Tylan makes some great ones down the field too. James just had this ability because he weighed 220 to hold his line and outmuscle a guy for it. Tylan is more finesse down the field.”What’s going to be interesting, Dunn noted, is how he responds to being The Guy. It’s one thing to post 1,500 yards when you’re an unknown playing for an afterthought of a contender in the Big 12 race. What about when you’re the man on a team trying to contend from the jump?“One thing I told him — and I’m sharing this with you — this is a ‘prove it’ year for him,” said Dunn. “That’s the mantra we’re using right now with him. ‘Hey, back it up from last year.’ Everybody says, ‘Was it a fluke? How was that last year? What’s going on? You came out of nowhere.’ At the end of the day, ‘Let’s prove it, let’s back it up.’He’s got the skill set to do it. I’m not so concerned about that. I want him to have a little bit of chip on his shoulder to back up a year like last year. Getting 1,500 yards, that’s not easy. It’s hard to do and certainly it’s hard to back up.”It’s something Washington did after both his sophomore and junior seasons. His numbers continued to get better as he continued to learn the game. It’s maybe the most impressive part of his amazing career.I think Wallace gets there, too, but it will be tough with a new QB1 and all the attention. And like Dunn said, it’s not like it’s going to prove itself. 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.
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. We are now counting down the days, not the weeks.Soon to return is the distinct hum of generators at a tailgate, the vast lines to the bathroom and the exorbitant price for beers at the stadium. Or, for some of us, there’s the juxtaposition in wait time and price to our own homes. However you plan to consume college football, it will be here before you know it.This upcoming Big 12 slate is headlined by some titillating offenses led by some intriguing quarterbacks. Here they are ranked by how much my unbiased college football fan side is excited to see them.10. Kansas — Too Far to GoI’m intrigued at the prospect of a longterm Les Miles tenure in Lawrence, if that’s what we actually get. Can the Mad Hatter defy the Big 12 status quo — and logic — and turn the Jayhawks into a physical, run-heavy offense?For now he’ll have to make do with a dearth of talent apart from recently re-instated Pooka Williams Jr. and with a yet unsettled QB race. My money’s on junior college transfer Thomas MacVittie to take No. 1 reps, but it probably won’t matter in 2019.9. TCU — A Huge ❓ Under CenterFor the second fall camp in a row, Gary Patterson has to find a new quarterback. Last year he settled on Shawn Robinson, who was less than elite and whose season ended unceremoniously due to injury. That resulted in TCU employing a trick play called “The Grayson Muehlstein.” Oh wait, that was their quarterback’s name.(Jokes on me. TCU went 5-0 in games in which he saw the field and 2-0 when he started including a win over Oklahoma State.)There is a handful of candidates to lead the Horned Frogs offense including Kansas State transfer Alex Delton. Your guess is as good as mine — and apparently as good as Gary Patterson’s — which doesn’t bode well for TCU.Jalen Reagor does return, and is must-see TV, but without a more viable option at quarterback, I can’t get too excited about the Frogs offense.8. Kansas State — An Intriguing Change of PhilosophyGone are the days of Bill Snyder-coached two-star QBs running and throwing for 100 yards each while frustrating the heck out of OSU fans. Except that the most recent offender, Skylar Thompson, is still there and he figures to be the one holding the reins for new head coach Chris Klieman.Klieman has a more than formidable offensive line returning and a potential lead back to run behind it in Ball State transfer James Gilbert. We’ll see how quickly K-State’s talent level and personnel, respective to the Big 12, can meld with Klieman’s system that was so proficient at North Dakota State.7. West Virginia — Shrug EmojiThe Mountaineers represent the biggest variance in my mind when it comes to what I expect from them. (I guess that’s one way of saying I have no idea what we’ll get.)Neal Brown’s Troy teams were able to put up big numbers, but the question is how quickly he can adjust for the step up in competition from the Sun Belt to the Big 12.To further cast doubt on WVU’s offense, Oklahoma transfer Austin Kendall has apparently yet to distance himself from other QBs in the room like former Miami transfer Jack Allison.6. Baylor — Upheaval Up FrontCharlie Brewer may be the most underrated QB in the Big 12, but he will have to continue to use his legs as he bides time behind an O-line that has been worst in the league at protecting its QB for two years running — and lost two of its starters.Dynamic transfer Jalen Hurd is gone, but the Bears have their fair share of playmakers like Denzel Mims, who has racked up nearly 1,900 receiving yards and 16 touchdown catches over the last two years.5. Texas — Solid is Not ExcitingThe Longhorns return the Big 12’s current leader in passing yards in Sam Ehlinger and a plethora of high-end talent. But, excuse me. I can’t type E-H-L-I-N-G-E-R without yawning. Charlie Brewer is my pick for most underrated Big 12 passer, UT’s moral leader might be my pick for his polar opposite.Texas might have the second best team in the league and a top-half offense to go with a legit defense. Texas might even be back, but its offensive unit doesn’t move the needle for me like the remaining four offenses this list.4. Iowa State — A Lot of Production to ReplaceBrock Purdy burst onto the Big 12’s scene starting with his 318-yard, five total-TD win in Stillwater. Purdy went 6-1 as a starter and figures to build off his impressive, record-setting rookie season this fall.He will be without the Cyclones’ two top playmakers from last year in running back David Montgomery and wide receiver Hakeem Butler. Still, if some younger pieces can step up, the ‘Clones shouldn’t lose much ground on offense with Purdy running the show.3. Oklahoma State — I Said “Unbiased”It’s hard to look at this team realistically in the scope of the Big 12. I might be too close! That being said, I think there is plenty for an outsider lookin’ in to get excited about.You’ve got arguably a top 5 running back in the league in Chuba Hubbard, probably the best returning wide receiver in Tylan Wallace and oodles of playmaking potential all around. And the offensive line lost just one starter from last year.So the biggest question mark is at quarterback and we’ve yet to get an answer from fall camp. All along I have assumed that Spencer Sanders will be THE guy when the bus pulls up in Corvallis later this month, but the longer we go without a starter named, the more my confidence wanes.2. Texas Tech — Set Up for SuccessLet me repeat that we are strictly talking offense here. Don’t expect a huge step back for the Red Raiders offense despite the departure of Kliff Kingsbury.There are several reasons that Tech fans should feel good about their offense post-Kliff, but numero uno is No. 10. Alan Bowman, the freshman phenom, took the Big 12 by storm, once again, starting with Oklahoma State last year.The gunslinger averaged 330 yards in eight games before a lung injury harpooned this rookie season, and the Red Raiders’ chances to upset the conference champs. (Bowman left for good late in the second quarter and Tech held a halftime lead.)The Red Raiders said good bye to leading receiver Antoine Wesley to the NFL and Ja’Deion High to eligibility, but return T.J Vasher who caught 54 balls for 687 yards and seven scores as a sophomore last year. And who are we kidding? Tech will field speedy dudes who can make plays in the passing game.The biggest difference will likely be a renewed emphasis on running the ball from OC David Yost, who is attempting to install his own exciting, productive offense. At Utah State, he produced the second-most points per game in the FBS behind Oklahoma last year.With Bowman now healthy, I’m ready to see what Tech can do.1. Oklahoma — Death, Taxes, Lincoln Riley Putting Up PointsI can’t with a straight face say that I’m excited about the Jalen Hurts era at OU. But if I’m impersonating a non-biased college football fan who values offense, it would be hard not to get fired up about the Sooners. (That’s a big IF.)There will be some growing pains in the trenches — OU lost four starting linemen to the NFL Draft — but Bill Bedenbaugh is one of the best OL coaches in football and the line is anchored by a stud in Creed Humphreys. There is always skill talent at OU and the scheme is probably the best in football.Look at what Lincoln Riley has done the last two years with transfer QBs who arrived in Norman mostly under the radar. What’s he going to do with one of the most sought-after and accomplished transfers ever? That’s a scary thought.I don’t think Hurts is on the level of Baker Mayfield or Kyler Murray when it comes to arm strength, but I know better than to doubt Lincoln Riley and his ability to put his guy in a position to be successful.
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. The details of Boone Pickens’ funeral and celebration of life were disclosed on Friday following the death of Pickens on Wednesday at the age of 91.His funeral will take place next Thursday, and Jerry Jones will be one of the featured speakers. Oh, and so will governor Greg Abbott. Here are the details.The funeral service to honor the life and legacy of T. Boone Pickens has been set for invited family, friends and dignitaries at 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, September 19, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, Texas.The general public is invited and encouraged to view the services in Wesley Hall at the church. A live stream will be available at boonepickens.com.Speakers at the event will include Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Alan White, a long-time friend of Mr. Pickens.As for the celebration in Stillwater, The Oklahoman had the details on that. It will take place on a Wednesday at 3 p.m., which is great for students but unfortunate for alumni looking to make the trek.Here are the details.The life of Boone Pickens, who died Wednesday at age 91, will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The public invitation calls fans to “celebrate and remember the man and the legend Boone Pickens whose gifts to academics and athletics transformed Oklahoma State.” [Oklahoman]The outpouring for Pickens this week has been incredible. Friends of mine who don’t follow OSU but live in Dallas have been talking about it, everyone has been talking about it. I don’t know if it’s the OSU sports story of the year, but if not it’ll be somewhere close.I’m glad for the celebration of life in Stillwater. That will be awesome and a good opportunity to pay tribute to somebody who gave a university and an athletics program as much as, and probably more than, anyone before him has ever given.
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. If you haven’t already realized it, you will at about 5:50 p.m. on Saturday evening. Oklahoma State’s second Big 12 Conference game of the season against undefeated Kansas State is not on television. At least not on traditional television.We’ve gotten so used to every OSU football game (and nearly every basketball game) being televised that it’s jarring when you realize that of the 600 channels you get at your home, OSU will be on none of them come Saturday night.That’s because OSU-KSU will be on ESPN+. What is ESPN+? It’s ESPN’s answer to Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu. It’s digital-only, costs $4.99 a month, and ESPN is currently trying to stock it with programming to make purchasing it worth your while. An easy way to do that is to put a good conference game on there at the end of September.OSU was on ESPN+ at the beginning of September in its first home game against McNeese. As one friend told me the day after that game, “I didn’t watch, but if they put a real game on there, I might have to get it.” This is what ESPN is betting on, even if that wasn’t all that clear when all of this was first announced.The Big 12 (finally) sold off its third-tier rights (non-revenue sports and a few hoops and football games annually but no OU or Texas) earlier this year when it packaged them with three Big 12 title games, and ESPN purchased the whole thing. I wrote a lot about that here, but here’s a blip from an ESPN article about it back in April.In addition, eight of the 10 schools in the league will ship hundreds of games across multiple sports to ESPN+ beginning this year, including one regular-season football game, as well as men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball games. [ESPN]One regular-season football game … So you can see why a KSU-OSU game on ESPN+ came as a bit of a surprise to Oklahoma State given that they’d already put their one game (McNeese) on there three weeks ago.“It is different than what we messaged all summer,” OSU senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth told The Oklahoman last week. “We realize that and we realize that’s probably an inconvenience for people. We’re hoping that it’s a short-term speed bump that leads to a bigger product for the Big 12.”The entire thing was seemingly out of OSU’s hands. The way I understand it is that this game is not part of the third-tier rights ESPN purchased, but rather it’s part of the original inventory ESPN purchased years ago to put on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.Here’s how it probably went down: Because of some language on page 394 (ish) of ESPN’s contract with the Big 12 (which was signed years ago), ESPN reserved the right to move some of its future inventory to a future digital-only entity that folks had to pay extra for even though that digital-only entity literally did not exist at the time the ESPN-Big 12 contract was signed.Here’s how it was stated at the time the Big 12 signed that huge contract.Without being specific, [Big 12 commissioner Bob] Bowlsby said there are provisions in the new deal and an ongoing dialogue for “active issues, changing circumstances” and potential changes should there ever be league expansion and changes such as the re-establishment of a Big 12 conference championship game in football if more teams are added. [ESPN]Reading between the lines is not difficult here as we connect the dots from that statement back in 2012 to this one from last week.The game was part of a preseason pool of ESPN-owned games. ESPN and the Big 12 later collaborated to place the game on the service. ESPN informed the university last week it remained a possibility. Monday, it became reality. There is no guarantee, but the belief around OSU is this will be the final football game on ESPN+ this season. [NewsOK]ESPN is a good partner for the Big 12. They pay the Big 12 a lot of money. There’s no reason for the Big 12 to push back against this. Again, read between the lines here in this piece from Guerin Emig in the Tulsa World. I asked the Big 12 for clarity, and associate commissioner Bob Burda replied via email: “In talking with our ESPN partners, it was agreed there was an opportunity to continue growing the new Big 12 on ESPN+ platform in this first year.”Burda confirmed the conference was approached by ESPN to add inventory to ESPN+. OSU-KSU was eligible to be moved. ESPN saw the game as an attractive way to promote its digital platform, and the Big 12 signed off. [Tulsa World]Business decisions. This isn’t all that different than if we randomly decided to put my 10 Thoughts or Kyle’s recruiting pieces behind a paywall. Blowback? Sure, but maybe a good business decision for us.ESPN isn’t — to my knowledge anyway — doing anything illegal or that it isn’t allowed to do based on its contract with the Big 12. It may be doing something it wasn’t expected to do — which is why your ire shouldn’t be toward OSU — but as they ramp up for a digital future, it makes sense that ESPN would collect subs to ESPN+.My big takeaway? As we go further and further down this road, we start to realize that the unintended consequence (and massive irony) of the great unbundling of cable television is that because of the way content is owned and distributed, the group that seems like it should benefit most from an unbundling — us, the consumer (we’ll be able to pick everything a la carte!) — is often the group that is most negatively affected.