Realignment And Tennessee Jokes

April 5, 2018

The OV is back after a little break, and this week Chris Ross joins the show to talk to Patrick as Jay is out this week. We kick it off with some talk about the infamous Tennessee FOIA results, that led to some of the funniest college football related content I've ever seen. Through chuckles and giggles, we detail the urge for Lane Kiffin, the adding of poor John Currie to numerous group chats, and BRADY HOKE'S INSATIABLE URGE TO BE TENNESSEE'S FOOTBALL COACH! We also talk about Mike Leach a little bit, and his impossible lifestyle.

After that, we move into the meat of the show, and the primary reason we had Chris on: to talk about his least favorite topic on earth, realignment. We take a look at what exactly went wrong during the Big 12 realignment crisis that nearly led to the additions of BYU and Houston but led to nothing, and discuss why Houston is fighting an uphill battle to get it. We also spend a good chunk of time on the Pac-12, the problems it's currently facing, and how that could benefit the Big 12. We get off track a bit to dunk on Texas A&M and Jimbo Fisher, but it's a generally informative segment, and worth a listen.

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The Official Visit: SMU Scandal Part One

March 7, 2018

Welcome, to a very special episode of The Official Visit, a podcast created by Jay Jordan and Patrick Mayhorn, and produced by LandGrant Gauntlet. We decided a few weeks ago that we wanted to dip our toes into the world of storytelling, and thought there'd be no better place to start than with one of the most interesting scandals in the history of sports: the SMU death penalty. We spent a good chunk of the past two weeks researching, writing a script, recording original music (!!!), and interviewing former players and SMU students, as we worked to make this a reality. We're extremely proud of the result, as we hope you love it as much as we do. 

We have to thank lots of people and organizations, including Ted Wright, Fox 4 News Dallas, United Press International, the Pony Excess 30 for 30, Wikipedia, and college football reference. Original music was composed by Patrick Mayhorn, and performed by his significantly more musically inclined father, Jay Mayhorn. The outro song can be found on SoundCloud.

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Building A P5 Team, Draft Talk, And Signing Day Reflection

February 20, 2018

We're back, with what be our most on-brand episode to date. This episode, we kick it off with some recruiting talk (which we haven't done in several months, oops), as we name our biggest winners, losers, risers, and fallers from this past Signing Day, and talk about what the future may look like at Michigan, Texas Tech, West Virginia, and Louisville. After that, we get into some draft talk, in which we each name our top five draft prospects, what we like about them, and how we see them fitting into the NFL. This leads us down a Lamar Jackson based path in which we yell at Bill Polian and other NFL scout types for having dumb opinions, and for being patronizing to college football.

We finish it off with a really fun hypothetical: "If you had twenty years to get an already existing FCS team to P5 conference as the athletic director, what school do you pick, and what is the recruiting strategy/play style you look for".

We had pretty similar answers, for similar reasons, as is very common on this show, but we still go pretty in-depth, and you know we talk about some triple option.

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Michigan State, Transfers, The XFL, And More

January 31, 2018

Hey friends! We're back, after another busy week, but we should be back on our regular Wednesday schedule now, and going forward, but I apologize for the wait. This is a pretty packed episode, as we start off talking about the proposed NCAA transfer rule changes, some of which we like, and some of which we don't. We also talk about the general lack of respect for the labor that players do, and the odd dynamic between how players that sit out bowl games and coaches that take new jobs before the bowl game are perceived.

We also spend some time doubting the XFL, and ranting about how football really isn't the kind of sport that can be used as a reality show. A good chunk of the show is spent on the recent Outside The Lines report on Michigan State, and our discussion spawns this quote:

"[When] it (sexual assault) just keeps happening [at a program], that's more than just lack of institutional control. That's an institution that knows what they're doing. That's an institution that knows exactly what they're in control of. At a point, it's not as much lack of institutional control as it is just, an institution allowing players do this, and coaches enabling players to do this"

It was a really good discussion, and one that I really think is worth listening to. It starts around the 41 minute mark, and if nothing else, I'd highly suggest giving it a listen, because Jay and I feel very strongly about this, and it shows quite a bit here.

We wrap with a discussion about last week's game of the week: Nebraska vs. Tennessee, 1998. We rave about Tom Osborne, Nebraska's offense, and Scott Frost, and it's a good time. If you want to get involved in our classic game book club, this week's game is Miami vs. Notre Dame, 1988, and it can be watched here.

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Season Recap

January 16, 2018

We're back, after missing last week due to some scheduling and audio issues. My (Patrick) audio is a little wonky still because I'm trying to break in a new system that should be better in the long run, but it's nothing too bad. This week, we start off by giving thanks to youth coaches, and Jay gives a shoutout to a personal friend. We go into some of the recent coaching news, including Kendal Briles to Houston, Matt Rhule interviewing with the Colts, Glenn Spencer's firing, and Kevin Sumlin to Arizona.

We also spend some time looking back on the 2017-2018 season, as we recap the championship games, talk about the most and least impressive coaches, reminisce about our favorite moments from the season, and share what we're looking forward to in the 2018 season.

Lastly, we introduce a new offseason segment that we're really looking forward to: the classic game of the week, in which we share a classic game that we'll be watching, and encourage you to watch it as well, and discuss said game on the next episode. Think of it as our version of a book club. This week's game is Nebraska vs Tennessee in the 1998 Orange Bowl, and can be watched in its entirety here. If you're looking for an abridged version (sans classic commercials as well), you can find that here. If you want to get involved with the discussion, please send us any thoughts or questions you have about the game on twitter, at @TheOVPod.

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Bowl Talk Part Two

January 4, 2018

We're back, once again, for this week's new episode. We've got more bowls to talk about this week, include all of the NY6 partner bowls, playoffs, and some lesser known games, like Iowa State vs Memphis, and New Mexico State vs Utah State (we talk about these for a very long time, bear with us). We also had some breaking news this week out of Arizona, so we take some time to break down possible candidates there, as well as how the move impacts incoming recruits.

With National Champion UCF on the mind, this episode pretty much serves as our love letter to the G5, FCS, DII, DIII, NAIA, and all other forms or small school football. We talk about the passion of those fanbases, and how much more enjoyable it is to watch two small, passionate teams go at it in a bowl than it is to watch Ohio State and USC slog through a corporate snooze-fest in Jerry World.

We address this extremely serious question a little bit, so make sure you listen to the end for that as well. If you enjoyed the episode, or if you didn’t, please leave a review, or tweet at us at @TheOVPod, it really helps us out a bunch. We also take questions over there, so make sure to get your questions in when we send out requests. If you have any topics you'd like to suggest, please feel free to tweet them to us, once again, at @TheOVPod.

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Bowl Talk Part One

December 29, 2017

With college football recruiting in a dead period, we spend some time this week talking about some on the field action, though of course we do it in our own nerdy way. Mainly, we look at the bowl games so far, and rave about our favorite coaches (we're calling our love for Jeff Brohm the Brohmance, thanks), schemes, players, and the fact that Army won ten games and threw 20 passes all season. We also take some time to look at the problem in college football with coaches leaving after players have signed, and how something like that could be avoided.

I'm (Patrick) a little sick this week, so I apologize for my voice, I should be all better next week, as we take a look at the New Year's day bowls, as well as the playoff semi-final results, and preview the championship game.

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Early Signing Period Special

December 21, 2017

It was a massive day in college football, as yesterday, starting at 6AM CST, recruits were officially allowed to end their recruitments and send their letters of intent to their respective schools. It was the first of its kind, and served as a bit of a finish line for what has been an absolutely chaotic month of recruiting, in an absolutely chaotic recruiting cycle. This episode, we're joined by friend of the pod and recruiting enthusiast Taylor Midkiff, as we talk about everything that happened on day one, from commitments, big signings, surprises, and everything else.

As usual, we have some takes to fire off, and we spend a very long time ranking the classes, talking about impact freshmen, and raving about Baylor and Iowa State, among others. It was a super fun podcast to record, and there's a ton of great content in there, so make sure to give it a listen if you're into recruiting, or the Big 12, or just football in general.

We had a bit of technical difficulties around the hour mark, and lost Taylor for a couple of minutes, which you will hear us allude to, but it's nothing a little editing can't clean up. We'll be back next week with a new pod, though with the Holidays approaching, I'm (this is Patrick writing) super sure how available everyone will be, but at the least I'll get a solo episode out for y'all to enjoy, maybe on your drive back from visiting with family. We won't be back until probably the 28th, so from all of us here at The Official Visit, we wish you a happy, and refreshing Holiday season, hopefully spent with loved ones, maybe with a bowl game on the TV.

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The Teens Are At It Again

December 14, 2017

Well, I didn't think it would happen this early, but we've entered silly season in college football recruiting. With six new commitments, and three decommitments, we spend some time talking about recruiting and analyzing the upcoming early signing period. Also, Jay is back! We celebrate by talking about Sonny Dykes, UTEP, and the FCS playoffs for a while.

We also take a look at the new hires at Oregon and Tennessee, and holler about all the good candidates for the open offensive coordinator position that Kansas State surely won't hire. Lastly, we spend some time previewing next week's show, which may or may not have a guest, and will (barring any major coaching news) be a full hour of recruiting #content after the early signing period is complete.

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Arizona State Did What?

December 7, 2017

The Official Visit podcast is back once again, and becoming less related to the Big 12 with each passing week. Patrick is joined by LandGrant Gauntlet contributor Taylor Midkiff this week, as Jay Jordan is out with a torn ACL (not really, he's just on the road, he'll be back next week). We talk about five new commitments, and get some takes off about Iowa State's (smart) approach to recruiting defensive talent. We also take a long look at coaching hires at Arkansas, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Oregon State, UCF and Florida, as well as do some talking about who Oregon and Tennessee will hire. Tennessee might hire you, so keep an eye out.

There's a team missing from that list, but don't think we forgot about you, Arizona State. We know exactly what you did, and we laugh at you for exactly five minutes, because you hired a coach that hasn't coached in college in nearly 30 years. All jokes aside, if Arizona State comes out in a Wing-T with tear-away uniforms week one against UTSA, I'll be all for it.

We spend some time previewing the Early Signing Day Period, and talk about the wave of decommitments that will likely sweep through college football very soon, as schools look to finish up their classes. Finally, we rank the five-year outlooks for Texas Tech, Baylor, West Virginia, Kansas State, and Kansas.

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