It's not just about Mizzou. It's about the other bubble teams. So, just winning one game or two games won't single-handedly determine Mizzou's status. At this rate, I'd think a 1-1 finish in league play and one win in Nashville would put the Tigers in the tournament at 16-9 with at least seven Quad 1 wins. But still a lot of basketball to play.
I think the number is right around three. J'Marion Gooch essentially takes Jack Buford's scholarship. Drinkwitz has said he wanted an offensive tackle. Gooch fills that need. He'd like a defensive back, likely a safety. They can probably afford another running back if the right one is out there.
He said this week the depth chart is just for the sake of functionality right now, meaning it's for the purpose of fielding a group of 11 players to play together at the same time and doesn't necessarily mean much for the 2021 season. It's not about being coy. Spring is about player development and installing schemes. He told me last week he expects current players to enter the portal after the spring once they realize they might not be great fits for the staff and scheme, etc. If they find better players in the portal this offseason they'll bring them in and let them compete for jobs in August camp.
Burden has made it pretty clear he's not wavering from his commitment to Oklahoma, but I imagine Drinkwitz will recruit him until the paperwork is signed in 10 months.
The staff wanted a young offensive tackle with length. Gooch has a massive frame at 6-6, 330. He was heavily recruited by SEC and other Power 5 programs. Looks like an excellent addition at a position of need for 2022. Offensive linemen are rarely ready to play as true freshmen and there should be enough pieces in place to fill those spots for this fall.
I don't really dig too deep on the uniforms. They wore the Block M helmets more last season. But I'm mostly watching the football, not the fashion.
I don't know. I haven't written about the women's team at all this season, so they've been off the radar. She's still listed on the roster, so it doesn't appear to be an opt-out situation.
I would agree. Martin has made the same point publicly and privately. It was a concern going into the season and I believe it remains a concern. It's why he's said a few times, "It can't always come from the sideline." This team has a lot of good guys. I'm not sure it has a true alpha who commands the room. Tilmon might be the closest thing, but it works better when it's a ball-handler who controls where the ball goes on the floor.
Yes, it might just be anecdotal but we're seeing some of those teams create some momentum. Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State especially. I don't think you can count any of these teams out from winning their conference tourneys. In the case of Duke, UK and MSU that would be very bad news for bubble teams.
I wouldn't say it's a given, but as I've reported, those talks have already started and Jim Sterk confirmed two days ago that it's time to rework his deal. One thing you know with Martin is there won't be any NCAA issues. His record is as clean as any coach in the country. He'd rather lose clean than win dirty. Maybe that's not the answer every fan wants to hear, but that's the coach Mizzou hired four years ago.