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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Full Coaching Chaos

November 28, 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, I'm not talking about the Holidays, or winter, or even the upcoming conference championship games, with bowl games following closely behind. No, I'm talking about the coaching world, and more specifically, the coaching carousel  in college football. While there's no widely accepted name for the date, every year, after the final week of the regular season, struggling programs relieve their coaches and begin a search for a new leader.

This season has been no different, in fact, I'd venture as far as to say that this has been one of the most chaotic coaching search periods in recent memory, with incredible blusters at Tennessee, massive hires at UCLA and Florida, and a number of P5 to P5 rumors, which we almost never see.

In this special episode of The Official Visit, we look at the coaching carousel, address rumors, gush about a few hires, and send Tennessee to timeout for what they did. Join us as we get extremely upset at the continuous hiring of Nick Saban's large adult coaching sons in the SEC. We also spend some time putting respect on Seth Littrell's name, and campaign for Ken Niumatalolo to Tennessee (or anywhere).

Patrick will be joined later this week to do a recruiting only episode with Taylor Midkiff, so if you're looking for recruiting talk it'll be there (though this episode is definitely worth a listen too).

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A 24-Team FBS Playoff Would Rule

November 23, 2017

Join Jay Jordan and Patrick Mayhorn in episode three of the Official Visit as they slowly go insane talking about the possibility of "UCLA head coach Jeff Fisher". The guys also discuss recent commitments from Tavis Lee, V'Lique Carter, Derek Green, Drew Sanders and Isaiah Spiller. With early signing day approaching, we talk about the incoming swarm of decommitments, and we get our takes off about oversigning and the shady underbelly of recruiting (hint, it's bad).

We also take some time to envy the FCS playoff system, and propose some options for how that could work in the FBS, mostly because it would be extremely fun and chaotic. We touch briefly on the imminent firing of Kevin Sumlin, and how he could fit at a school like Texas Tech (very well) or Kansas (not well at all). We wrap up talking about Jon Gruden, Chip Kelly, Jim Mora, Jeff Fisher, and why college football is obsessed with bad NFL coaches.

There's some Thanksgiving talk as well, naturally, as this is the number one food-centric podcast in the country.

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Please Bring The Option To Kansas

November 11, 2017

It wasn't just a big week on the field in college football, as plenty has happened off the field as well since we last spoke. Co-hosts Patrick Mayhorn and Jay Jordan are back to talk recruiting, coaching, playoffs, excitement for today's slate of games, Lane Kiffin, and much, much more.

In this week's episode (sorry about the week off, I promise we'll do better), Jay and Patrick take a look at the new opening at Florida, four recent commitments, a decommitment, Oklahoma centric twitter drama, the success of young coaches. They also look at some decommits around the country, at Florida and Nebraska that could help the Big 12, and spend some time reassuring Baylor fans that Matt Rhule has four years to fix the program.

While Matt Rhule is secure, Kliff Kingsbury and David Beaty absolutely aren't, so Jay and Patrick rattle off some coaches the schools should hire, profess their love for the triple option, and find a perfect fit for Kansas State.

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Your Big 12 Recruiting Podcast

October 26, 2017

Welcome to the introductory episode of "The Official Visit" a brand new LandGrant Gauntlet podcast, led by co-hosts and LandGrant Gauntlet contributors Patrick Mayhorn and Jay Jordan. Patrick and Jay take a unique look at the games played off the field in college football, diving deep into topics like recruiting, team-building, coaching, and everything that goes into the final product you see on Saturdays.

In this pilot episode, we take a look at recent Big 12 commitments Blaine Scott, D'Shawn Jamison, Israel Antwine, Michael Rose and TJ Banks, as well as some decommitments, like Clayton Tune, TJ Ivy, Dominick Wood-Anderson, Christian Young and Myron Mitchell.

With the recent decommitment of quarterback Clayton Tune in mind, we take a look at what Kansas could've had in their 2018 class, the impact on the field performance has on recruiting, and the continuity issues that may ultimately lead to a new head coach in Lawrence next season. On the opposite end of the rebuilding process, we talk in-depth about Jay's alma mater, Iowa State, and why Matt Campbell has had early success. With rumors swirling about the possibility of Campbell departing after this season, we address the possibility, and explain why we feel Iowa State fans don't need to be concerned... yet. Also, Patrick realizes that Matt Campbell could become like Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia and spends an hour after the episode ends looking for connections like Charlie Day in "It's Always Sunny"

We finish up the episode with a quick look at what big name (mainly SEC) program struggling means for the Big 12, and the success school outside of the usual Big 12 recruiting footprint (the state of Texas) have already begun having in states like Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

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