October 2, 2013

Joe Bob Clements said he doesn't have to give away KSU secrets

All's fair in love and war, and the latter is especially true this week.

Every time Oklahoma State and Kansas State meet, it's war. There's blood, sweat, and bruising in every postgame, and endless physical football throughout the matchup.

This year, the Cowboys might have a leg up on the Wildcats. It's in the form of Joe Bob Clements, their defensive line coach.

Clements was on staff for the 2012 Big 12 Champion Wildcats last season, and has been a member of the staff for all but one season since he graduated from KSU in 1999. He coached the same unit there under the great Bill Snyder, and still has to be extremely familiar with the men in purple.

This week, he might be a big asset to Mike Gundy and his coaching staff for more than just his work with the defensive line.

He might help by way of insider trading.

"You have to be careful," he said. "At the end of the dya, you're looking at something through your eyes. To go and tell somebody that's an expert on what they're looking for what you see, sometimes you can cause more damage than good."

That's something that could be frowned upon. In the business world it certainly is. Look no further than Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who's currently on trial for that exact crime.

In football, it's a different story. It's definitely not illegal, even though Clements said he doesn't expect to do hardly any of it this week.

"In this day and age of video there aren't any secrets out there," he laughed. You can see everything you need to see on film."

This would certainly be the week to have an asset like Clements. The Pokes and the Wildcats have established a firm rivalry with both teams on the upswing.

The last two games between the teams have been down-to-the-wire matchups with the winner of the game eventually claiming the Big 12 Championship for that season (Oklahoma State in 2011, Kansas State last season).

That new rivalry, Clements said, is something that he thinks is a bit underrated now that he's on the other side of it.

"It's always like that," he said. "Every year it's a brutal, brutal game. Almost everyone is beat up when that buzzer goes off at the end of the game. Last year we lost our quarterback to a concussion when I was up there, and I'm sure this year it will be just as physical. It seems like it's always that way when we meet up."

In games like the past two between them, insider trading probably wouldn't help too much. It simply came down to which team was tougher both mentally and physically.

This year, it'll likely be more of the same, and Clements makes a great point about not needing to give away any secrets because there simply aren't any secrets to give away.

Whether you believe him or not is your decision.

After all, it is war.

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