But most athletics departments don't make profits - and it's intentional. If they made big profits, they'd have to rationalize not giving the labor a bigger slice of the pie.
That's been asked a lot and it seems like that's a university policy ... or at least a tradition that's preserved. Buildings on campus, notably the athletics facilities, are named for benefactors but not corporations.
Rountree will have more rushing yards if he's healthy. Robinson can be a dual-threat QB but not the type who will be more productive than a running back with a 1,200-yard season on his credentials. In a 10-game season, I'd think 18-20 passing touchdowns is fair to expect and close to 2,000 yards passing.
He's got other coaches on the headset - typically the whole offensive staff - but he's been the primary play-caller the last four years at NC State and Appalachian State.
Yes, possibly. At a 15,000-seat arena like Mizzou Arena you're talking about 3,000 people. If you close off certain sections and allow distancing betweens seats and rows, that's very doable in the lower bowl alone.
Mizzou recruited him pretty heavily, but that was during the Kim Anderson years and the sales pitch just wasn't very strong at the time. When Whitt left SMU, it was my understanding there was some mutual interest but Mizzou didn't think adding another guard to the nucleus (Smith, Smith, Pinson, etc.) would be ideal for one year. Whitt ended up having a nice year at Arkansas. Not sure he would have been a great fit for Mizzou's team last season. He's a shooting guard that doesn't shoot 3s. Great midrange game, but Mizzou needed 3-point shooting.
Yes, players who have been home during quarantine have been working out on their own. Team trainers are allowed to send them suggested workouts but aren't allowed to monitor or mandate their workouts away from the team facilities.
Not really. He still spends part of the year in Columbia and will take part in team reunions, but he's not involved in any day-to-day operations. He and his wife keep busy as much as possible. They do a lot of traveling and have many hobbies that keep them active - at least prior to COVID.
I'm not sure you're going to see any conferences have media days. Coaches don't want to answer questions they can't answer.
Yes, but until schools start scaling back on how much they pay coaches, the market isn't going to change. I think it would make as much sense, if not more, if schools stop spending money on buyouts for coaches NOT to coach and for search firms, especially the ones who end up hiring Kim Anderson and Barry Odom. Nothing against those guys personally, but they weren't hard to find - and were hardly leak-proof hiring processes.
It's probably a moot point. Mizzou won't be in position to pay what it would cost to fire him after the season. That said, yes, if the team struggles and isn't in the top half of the SEC, then you have to be concerned if this regime has hit its ceiling. But financially and realistically he's most likely returning for a fifth year.
Spoiler, but if the Power 5 breaks away from the other teams and the NCAA, then they'll just create another NCAA with a different name. If they break away and form their own five-conference governing body, I'd suspect they'd still want to play with the non-Power Five conferences for the basketball tourney - especially considering the Big East is a better basketball conference than the Pac 12 and usually better than the SEC.
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