I've been most impressed with how they can overcome one or two players having an off night offensively. Someone else always picks up the slack.
I'm not sure what he means exactly by that. (Follow-up questions are next to impossible in the year of Zoom interviews. I'd love to sit down with Drinkwitz for a 1-on-1 interview but not sure that's possible these days.) I assume he's referring to some of the demands and expectations he has and just his personality and leadership style. Not everyone's a good fit for his style; not everyone is a good fit for Odom's style or Pinkel's style. Every coach is different, just like every player is different.
I don't have all the metrics handy. I wrote a few non-related Mizzou columns this summer that were well read. My story looking back at the Drinkwitz hire a couple weeks ago was well read.
Yes, absolutely. College football is marginalizing its sport and alienating 95 percent of the fan bases. Take the Power Five conference champions, two at-large teams and the best Group of Five team and you've got four compelling quarterfinals - and play them on the campus of the higher seed - that will engage more fans and make more money.
If Clemson played only won six games and its best wins were against North Carolina and NC State I'd be the first to say they don't deserve to be in the playoff at the expense of an 8-1 or 9-1 Ohio State. At some point, playing the games on the schedule should matter. It should be about who you beat not just the decal on your helmet.
It was fine. I thought a lot of it was rehashed storytelling of things we all remember and reporting that we all did five years ago. I'd quibble with the premise that the protests cost some of those 2015 seniors a chance at the NFL. It didn't seem to hurt Charles Harris and J'Mon Moore, who were good enough to get drafted in the NFL and get multiple chances by NFL teams. I'm not sure if that's a story our local audience has an appetite or interest to read five years later. On a national scale, with a readership that might not be as familiar with the story, it probably makes more sense. My sense is readers of the Post-Dispatch are far more interested in reading about 2020.
Yes, I could see the value in not accepting a bowl bid, similar to what several Big Ten teams did. But at this point, Mizzou is invested in playing.
I won't argue with that. The three best teams in the SEC right now - Alabama, Texas A&M and Georgia - all have the best offensive and defensive lines. It's not a coincidence.
Keep in mind, when teams are missing a lot of 3-pointers, you see a lot of long rebounds grabbed by the guards. That's what was happening the other night. Plus, Bradley had a 7-footer and an All-MVC 6-8 forward who would start for most SEC teams. That wasn't a small team.
I don't anticipate a change. Fourteen of the 21 players Mizzou just signed are defensive players and Walters was the lead recruiter on several of them. This was an unusual year with the schedule, the injuries, the opt-outs, the contact tracing. My hunch is Drinkwitz would want a normal season to really evaluate the defensive staff before he makes any changes.
Just a couple more minutes here before I sign off.
Coverages, blitzes, stunts, twists
Anton Brookshire is a combo guard who can score and make plays at the point.
I agree. I'll give them a pass this year because of the pandemic. But hopefully we get the kind of access we're accustomed to getting starting in 2021.
The allegations took place more than a year ago and some of the penalties were already enforced prior to the NCAA unveiling all the details.
OK, folks. Everyone have a Merry Christmas. That's all from me today. We'll talk again next week.