Preseason Heisman Top 10

Each week of the college football season since 2015, I have compiled a Top 10 of Heisman Trophy candidates. For the uninitiated, the Heisman Top 10 isn't my own assessment; rather, I evaluate the rankings of other, reputable sports media, buzz from prominent outlets and chatter among voters. These rankings function as a barometer of…

Hey, Remember When Doug Gottlieb Was An OSU Coaching Candidate?

It's weird to envision an alternative timeline in which on this fine, August Tuesday, Doug Gottlieb is catching his breath after an exhaustive few weeks scouting talent on the AAU circuit. That's less oxygen being emitted on trashy hot takes, of which sports media has no shortage. Much of it comes from the various Fox…

The Hair Makes The Man: Mike Gundy Sets Fun Tone at Oklahoma State

FRISCO, Texas – Mike Gundy’s current hairstyle – yeah, it’s still a thing – evokes a classic Seinfield episode. “It’s real and it’s spectacular.” A year ago at the Big 12’s football media days, the Oklahoma State coach appeared with a haircut often referred to as “business in the front, party in the back.” A…

Heisman Dark Horses to Know in 2017

For those new around here, let me share something that will become abundantly clear over the course of the college football season: I love the Heisman Trophy. For all its faults, my youthful fascination with the award endures. That's a contributing factor to The Open Man's Heisman Top 10, a regular breakdown and ranking of…

College Basketball Top 25 Moves

Last week, I shared my observations on trends within the various college basketball top 25 rankings that surfaced following the NBA draft deadline. This week, it was my turn to take a crack at reshuffling projections. AthlonSports.com published my Top 25 Monday morning, and there are several noteworthy changes from the initial outlook I put…

Game Balls: Mike Gundy’s Media Days Mullet

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin-inspired hairdo, debuted at this week's Big 12 Media Days, captures the tone of this time of year. The head Cowboy's mullet sports business in the front, and coaches do indeed push the serious tone during media day season. But, the party in the back…

Heisman Top 10: Big 12 Heisman Contenders

Since the conference's formation two decades ago, the amount of Big 12 Heisman winners (5) trails only the SEC (6). However, we approach the fifth year since a Big 12 Heisman candidate last hoisted the hardware; the longest drought in the league's history. Robert Griffin III dazzled in 2011, edging two-time Stanford runner-up Andrew Luck…