Mason Rudolph is QB1. You know it. I know it. Heck, Gundy uncharacteristically named him the starter in the spring. Because he knew it. Rudolph brought a unique dynamic in his 3 appearances last season, going 2-1 and knocking off rival Oklahoma in a Bedlam thriller.It’s not something you can really put a finger on, but Rudolph has been said to have the “It” factor, a quality that has helped propel him to earn the starting job. Moving forward, Rudolph has the full support of the fan base, and more importantly the head ball coach. “He’s the leader on offense … I like where he’s at at this time,” Gundy said at the Big 12 media days.“I think if we play well and we take care of the ball, that we’ll have an opportunity to win this league,” he said. Having a developing quarterback in Rudolph, being smart and taking care of the ball are qualities that Gundy will value now more than ever in his young quarterback.With a (mostly) redshirt season in the books, Rudolph also has a full offseason of preparation as a starter, and the backing of the head coach and his team. Not the least of which is former starter J.W. Walsh, who is one of the most, if not THE most, important player on the OSU roster who won’t be on the first team.“His role is very important to our team,” Gundy told The Oklahoman in January. “We all have to have players that can make plays on Saturdays in order to have success. But there’s also a role for young men that want to be a part of a team and compete. There’s a trust factor. They’re tough. They understand the system. They love Oklahoma State football. He falls in that category. We’re looking forward to him getting healthy and competing again.”Those comments were after a very impressive Cactus Bowl performance by Mason Rudolph, who messed around and made a statement as the starting quarterback. That’s because Gundy knew Walsh would be needed moving forward.“We’re very lucky to have J.W. Walsh on our football team,” Gundy reiterated this morning. “J.W. is going to play. He’ll be a factor in the success of our football team this season,” he said.More than likely, the offense may have several wrinkles in a “Walsh” package, that caters more to the skills of Walsh – a dual-threat option and home run threat when he finds the open field. Remember this from last season’s opening game at JerryWorld?Walsh’s presence on the practice field, his veteran leadership in the locker room, and his poise in live game situations will be critical to the continued development of Mason Rudolph – and could be a bigger factor to the team’s success this season than some think.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is assuring the public that the fire, which broke out this morning (March 27) at the Riverton landfill in St. Andrew has been contained.He said that the fire is suspected to have been caused by spontaneous combustion. “It is in a confined area, so the fire won’t escalate,” he told JIS News.The NSWMA was alerted to the fire after smoke was seen rising from a section of the landfill. The agency attended to the blaze with assistance from the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB).“There are three units from the fire department helping us and we have two pieces of equipment there fighting the fire. We expect it to be over in a few hours because it is not able to escalate,” Mr. Gordon said.
CNN says it has cut ties with Kathy Griffin after she posted a video that showed her holding a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.The network says it has terminated its agreement with the comedian to appear on its New Year’s Eve programs. For a decade she had co-hosted the annual special with CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper.Her future with CNN had been in doubt since the video appeared on Tuesday. CNN initially called it “disgusting and offensive.”In addition to her losing the CNN job, a New Mexico casino said it was cancelling a July live engagement, and she has lost a commercial endorsement she landed just weeks ago.Griffin has apologized for the video.Meanwhile, President Donald Trump says celebrity Kathy Griffin “should be ashamed of herself” for the video.In a post on his Twitter account Wednesday morning, the president says, “My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”Griffin, who helped with CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage, has apologized, saying that the brief video was “too disturbing” and wasn’t funny.“I went too far,” she says in a second video. “I sincerely apologize.”Many people online called for Griffin to be jailed.The first video showed a straight-faced Griffin slowly lifting the bloody head. She originally described the project with photographer Tyler Shields as an “artsy fartsy statement” mocking the commander in chief.