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ODB Mailbag 4/11: Civil War, Football, Hoops and Freedom

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The mailbag returns!

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I’m not a super hero dude. I get that puts me in the minority. I just can’t get hyped.

We answer every question though. I would take Iron Man. The first Iron Man movie is one of the best of the genre.

Charlie Brewer is one accurate man. I think they’ll get the ball to Hurd in space and Mims and Platt will have a few opportunities to burn men.

Platt doesn’t have to get 10 catches a game to be effective. And while I think JaMycal Hasty is in for a big year, staying healthy at running back is nearly impossible.

What a great problem to have though. After a 1-11 campaign, the expectations are certainly higher this year.

Nah. He did some wild stuff. But I’m from Kansas. The mural in the Capitol is of the man, and I will defend him.

Scott Drew would admit Kim Mulkey would roll him in a fight. But Drew didn’t complete the greatest turnaround in college sports history by getting in fights. He’d find a way to get the fight cancelled.

I don’t think Loyola making it does anything for Baylor. But it’s a reminder that making the tournament is what matters because anything can happen once you just get into the field.

It’s a single elimination championship format. Connecticut has won it twice this decade, while clearly not being one of the best 10 teams in the country. Kentucky made the Final Four as a No. 8 seed. The Bears just need to make the field and hope to not draw Kentucky 2012 or play better when the bracket opens up, like it did last year.

The Bears couldn’t shoot well enough this season. The 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017 teams were all good enough to make the Final Four (though clearly not favored to do so). If the Bears run back teams as talented as they had this decade in the next one, I think they’ll make a Final Four.

Yes. I haven’t locked in my final guess this season, but I think 6-7. That’d be a nice improvement and would help Rhule and company continue to recruit well.

This staff could fail. Maybe trying to be multiple on offense in the Big 12 doesn’t work. And maybe Phil Snow’s scheme doesn’t gel before the losses overwhelm what they’re trying to do.

I think by year four this staff will be in the top two or three in the league and by year five, I think they’ll have won the Big 12. That’s a giant ask, especially with how good I think Tom Herman will be at Texas. But this staff won at Temple and is recruiting well. They need to turn things around quickly. I think they will.

The Bears were picked 8th in the league, so 14-16 isn’t too far off from that prediction. The Bears lost quite a bit and the pitching staff needs to improve. But Shea Langeliers has seven bombs.

We’ll get Fank to write up more on the baseball team before too long.

I haven’t heard many people mention John Lovett this off-season. He ran for 455 yards and five touchdowns. Yes, Hasty is a stud and Hurd is going to get some carries too. But Lovett was phenomenal last season.

I’d also watch out for Verkedric Vaughns. It’s his senior year, and with Blake Lynch likely to lock down one safety spot, and a host of young guys ready to step up, Vaughns isn’t quite ready to let the future take over. He’s smart and a solid guy in coverage.