Chat Mizzou sports with Dave Matter at 11 a.m. Thursday

Chat Mizzou sports with Dave Matter at 11 a.m. Thursday

Bring your Tigers football, basketball and recruiting questions, and talk to Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter in a live chat at 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Hey folks, welcome to another Mizzou Chat. Lots to discuss I'm sure. 
    First off, Mizzou just confirmed that cornerback Jadarrius Perkins has entered the transfer portal. He's the junior college newcomer who just arrived on campus a few months ago and made a strong early impression on the coaching staff. He got some first-team work during spring practices, so this is somewhat surprising. As of now, Ennis Rakestraw and Ish Burdine head into the summer as projected starters there. Jarvis Ware is recovering from a knee injury. We'll see how that position develops. 
    Im very excited about the mizzou ladies basketball team... with the last transfrer from old dominion coming to mizzou; Skylah Travis; does that rule out Shannon Dufficy, the aussie forward, graduating senior from staying one more year at Mizzou? Besides Shug Dickson is there anyone else in the transfer portal or rumored to be transferring from the lady tigers? Travis will be enrolled as a freshman with four years eligibility.
    I don't know if anything has been clarified about Dufficy's plans for next year. ESPN released its updated NCAA Tournament bracket projection for 2022 and Mizzou was in the field as a No. 10 seed. I was a little surprised by that, but that's putting faith in Blackwell and Frank to make major strides next year along with the rest of the returning core. Very pivotal year for Robin Pingeton and her program. They were very competitive against most of the best teams in the SEC last year but clearly struggled to finish games. A normal offeseason and preseason should do that team wonders. They need to clean up defensively, obviously. They were one of the best shooting teams in the country last season.
    Sterk mentioned Nick (Joos) when asked about where Drink came from. Do you know anything about Joos?
    He's one of Mizzou's deputy ADs. Nick was involved in the hiring process.
    It seems that Nick Bolton’s stock has fallen a bit among the draft pundits over the last few months. Maybe a late second rounder vs a late first rounder early on. Do you think it could be that other prospects stock has risen or that something has put a bit more caution in the minds of those “experts”? Either way, Nick still has to prove his worth, and I think he will. Good luck Nick!!
    I withdrawal my earlier question on Nick Bolton. I just found the article that you wrote about him and today’s draft. You pretty much answered my question. Thanks and good work as usual.
    I'll still address this question because I think it's a good one. It seems like the consensus is that Bolton will be a second-round pick on Friday. I wouldn't say he's slipped per se - because the people who spend every breathing moment on the draft always had him as a fringe first/second rounder. From what I've gathered there are a few factors to explain why he probably won't be drafted tonight..
    1. There's not a huge market for inside linebackers. It's not a primary position need for many teams. Also, teams typically only play two inside linebackers at a time because they're either in a 3-4 base system or primarily play a nickel package with only two backers on the field. That impacts the demand for inside linebackers like Bolton.
    2. There are some really good inside linebackers in this class. Penn State's Micah Parsons is widely considered the best of the bunch and should be a top 15 pick, maybe top 10. (Look out for Denver if the Broncos are content with their new QB room.) Tulsa's Zaven Collins is coming off an incredible year. Notre Dame's Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah should be a first-rounder. Jamin Davis from Kentucky could slip into the first round.
    3. Teams pay their scouts to pick nits. If you're going to pick a nit with Bolton it's his height. He's 5-11. Not too short to play in the NFL but if you're looking for reasons to not draft him high, that's probably your reason.
  • Jameson Williams from STL has entered portal. Whats your bet he joins Mookie?
    There will be mutual interest from what I'm told. This connection can't hurt Mizzou's chances: Jameson and Tyler Macon grew up together. Their fathers are very close, I'm told. We know that Jameson played with Mookie Cooper at Ohio State, and by all accounts Mookie is very happy at Mizzou. 
    Jameson isn't doing any interviews to my knowledge yet. He might play this quietly, much like Mookie. I'd expect other major programs to get involved. But Mizzou is the only team that can sell him on the proximity to home and playing with his friends.
    For those who don't follow the Buckeyes, Williams was the nation's No. 13 receiver in the class of 2019, one of the top targets in the Midwest. He didn't play much as a freshman in Columbus but became a starter last fall. Justin Fields threw almost all his passes to Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. They accounted for 56% of the team's targets and 59% of the receptions. As the No. 3 wideout, Williams caught nine passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He's known as a speed guy, maybe not as polished a route-runner or pass-catcher as OSU's other top guys. But he's clearly talented - and if he's got the good to start for a playoff team, then there's a place for him on a Mizzou roster short on established playmakers. 
    Hi Dave, do you know if Drink has any plans to add more transfers to the roster before fall camp, and what positions is he targeting? Seems like OL and LB could use a bit more depth. Thanks.
    If the right transfer comes along they'd consider. Don't forget, they added a late offensive lineman to the 2021 class, Tennessee signee J'Marion Gooch. He's just a freshman but he helped fill out the numbers on the roster. 
    With Perkins entering the portal, Mizzou should be in the market for another cornerback if it can find one.
    Dave, enjoy your reporting on mizzou...has there been anything new on the Bball transfer portal recruiting, who are they looking at?
    It's been quiet in terms of Mizzou pursuing more transfer targets, which isn't unusual for this staff. They clearly want a big man - or someone who brings an inside presence. Those are harder to find at this stage in the portal.
    Dave, your mission should you choose to accept it, is thus: come up with the "All-Time NATIVE Missourian Missouri Tigers Football Team" (aka The All-Time Sealed Borders Team?) at every position since your days covering the program going back to the mid-90s (And is this not a fun exercise in light of the perpetual "Seal The Borders!" screams from Tigers fans such as myself you've heard us endlessly clamor about for over 20 years now ever since you've covered the program?). --Now of course this will give you at least several tough calls to make--Corby Jones or Blaine Gabbert at QB? My personal choice is Corby since he was instrumental in leading  the program out of the darkened wilderness of 13 straight losing seasons and the end of a 13-year Bowl Game drought, ending his career with 2 straight bowl games including the win over West Virginia in the '98 Insight Bowl win. However, it can be argued Gabbert was the better talent, an NFL draft choice and led the team to one of its most memorable victories in the last 30 years with the win over OU. But oh, those 2 Bowl Game losses on his watch....
    --You'll have a crowded backfield to choose from among Devin West, Zach Abron, Brock Olivo, and Damien Nash(yes, for the purpose of this exercise, I will allow you to go slightly outside the borders to East St. Louis, IL to the east and Kansas City, KS to the west).
    -You'll have a decent receiving corp to choose from among the likes of DGB, Marcus Lucas, William "The Helicopter" Franklin, Jeremy Maclin among others
    --I'll let you decide what kind of offense(and defense)you want to run, but if it only involves one TE, best of luck to you trying to decide between T. Rucker and Chase Coffman.
    --Needless to say, you'll be loaded on the defensive line. I don't even have to say the names.
    --I'm drawing a blank at the moment on great native Missourian players during this era who played LB and DB outside of EJ Gaines, so your expertise will be highly appreciated there.
    --Although there's been a number of good ones, on OL I am likewise drawing a blank at the moment and  all I can think of offhand is Evan Boehm and the guy who started for the Seahawks for a few years. Ugh, I know there's been more! Again, your expertise will be particularly helpful here.
    --Omg, I somehow forgot Drew Lock until now. So good luck choosing among him, Corby, and Blaine!
    --Again, any formations you wish on offense and defense be it a 2-back set or the Spread we've come to be most familiar with. And whatever your preferred formation is on D.
    And yes, this can all be done in depth-chart fashion.
    Best of luck to you Dave, and I hope you find this "challenging assignment" from a chatter to be fun. Hopefully the other chatters will enjoy it too.
  • I'll attempt to do this off the top of my head. I sort of set the template last spring with my countdown list of the 30 best Mizzou athletes from my time on the beat. Here's a depth chart:
    QB: Corby Jones/Drew Lock/Blaine Gabbert
    RB: Devin West/Brock Olivo/Zack Abron/Ernest Blackwell
    WR: Justin Gage/Jeremy Maclin/Will Franklin/Tommy Saunders/Marcus Lucas/TJ Moe
    TE: Chase Coffman/Martin Rucker
    OT: Justin Britt/Todd Neimeyer/Rob Droege/Colin Brown
    C: Rob Riti/Evan Boehm/Tim Barnes
    OG: Craig Heimburger/Mike Morris/Austin Wuebbels/Tre'Vour Wallace Simms
    DE: Justin Smith/Shane Ray/Markus Golden/Aldon Smith
    DT: Sheldon Richardson/CJ Mosley/Atiyyah Ellison/Jeff Marriott
    LB: Andrew Gachkar/Andrew Wilson/Brock Christopher/Michael Scherer/Sean Doyle/Luke Lambert
    S: William Moore/Harold Piersey
    CB: EJ Gaines/Aarion Penton/Darnell Terrell
  • Free Booches for a year or lifetime of free Whataburger?
  • Free Booches - but it's not like I mind paying.
  • How many times will Miz score on D in 2021?
  • Should Kansas move down to DII in football?
  • No, but I'm really interested to see who they hire. If it's Lance Leipold that's a quality hire. And if he can't win there, then I don't know if/when it's ever going to be a relevant program again.
    Starting with Caffey near the end of the previous season, there have been more than a few high profile exits from the volleyball program. A certain amount of turnover is expected, but there have also been internet rumblings of deeper issues. Are you aware of any internal trouble that should be concerning?
    I don't know of any substantial issues within the program, but it's also not a team I have really covered very much. Lots of turnover in the past year, but that's not all that surprising for a program still going through a coaching transition.
    Which Mizzou players do you feel most confident will be drafted
  • Nick Bolton, Tyree Gillespie and ... I'm not 100-percent sure about the rest. I would think Larry Borom and Larry Rountree hear their name called this week, but there are no guarantees. I think Josh Bledsoe can make a roster, but this was a bad year to have an injury during the pre-draft months.
  • Dave - Do you think Denver take's a quarterback with the 9th pick today in the draft if one is available? I don't think the Broncos new GM is sold on Lock. Thank You
    Yes, I wouldn't be shocked if the Broncos take Trey Lance if he's available - or Justin Fields. I don't think the current Denver regime views Bridgewater or Lock as the long-term answer at quarterback. Now, maybe one of them can become that guy if they play well in 2021, but if I'm GM George Paton I think long and hard about adding a young QB who can become that franchise guy. I follow the Broncos pretty closely. They're built to make the playoffs at just about every position except the most important one: quarterback. Lock has shown promising signs but it seems like it's always one step forward, two back with him. Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla put it best recently: Denver likes Drew, but you have to love your quarterback if you're going to be a playoff team and Super Bowl contender. Wouldn't surprise me at all if he's traded and Denver goes with Bridgewater for 2021 with a rookie on board as the eventual answer. 
    That might be the best-case scenario for Lock. A fresh start.
    Dave - Just so I can get my calendar updated, when are they having SEC coaches week this year? When does fall camp begin? I know it's only April, but what capacity do you think we can expect with COVID becoming less of a factor? Thank You
    SEC football media days are July 19-22 in Birmingham. Drinkwitz is the closer this year, slated to talk last on the final day. That's good for me. By late in the day on day four most of the media clears out of town because the teams they cover are done talking. Also set to appear that day are Arkansas and Auburn. Drinkwitz should do well on that stage. 

    Fall camp usually begins the first week of August. No telling yet how much in-person media access there will be this year. 
    Last week someone asked if you owned any MU apparel. Your answer made perfect sense. Just curious if Cardinals apparel was out of bounds for you too since you don’t cover the consistently like you do MU.
    I do have a few Cardinals hats and a T-shirt or two. I'd never wear them to something work-related or in any professional setting.
    Like last year, I will be writing some non-Mizzou opinion columns later this summer when our columnists are on vacation. Looking forward to that opportunity. 
    Do you know anything of the situation that just happened with Jadarius Perkins? He seemed to have an inside track to be one of our starting CBs next year. Who will take those positions now? I'm not sure if I'm another team I want to take on a player who quit on a team so quickly and isn't willing to work for a starting spot. Just surprising to me.
    I have reached out to Perkins to see if he wants to comment on his decision but I'm not expecting to hear back. Players who enter the portal rarely, if ever, talk to media that cover the team they're leaving - at least in my experience here lately. 
    Ennis Rakestraw is one starter next year. That's a given. Ish Burdine is in position to start at the other spot. JC Carlies could have been a contender, but the staff really likes him at free safety. Converted receiver Kris Abrams-Draine will have a shot. Don't forget Jarvis Ware, who has played a lot of snaps and started, though he's coming off a knee injury. I don't know if Chris Mills is a serious option, but I thought he held up pretty well at Mississippi State for a few series last year. Three freshmen could be in the mix: Reeves, Jackson and Sistrunk. 
    Dave, have you noticed if any of the E Earlywine worshippers who vowed to never come back to Mizzou softball after Earlywine left the program have changed their mind or not with the renewed success under the new coach?  I wonder how the effect of all of that was attendance-wise, although it's probably hard to tell with Covid19 being a factor. Regardless, I hope the hard-headed types---and goodness, among Mizzou fans there are many of them--have eased on their Earlywine-or-bust stances of the program or will soon enough in time.

    --Speaking of Earlywine, yes I know that reporters such as yourself admired the man for his brashness and good quotes, but personally, I thought he was an embarrassment at times, especially that whole fiasco with the Missouri St. Softball coach. Despite his resounding success with the 3 straight CWS appearances, the program never got back there the rest of his tenure there(that would be about 5 more seasons if I'm not mistaken?), and I found it troubling that so many top quality players started transferring out of the program under his watch in his last few seasons, one of them being a pitcher who transferred to OU and helped them win a CWS championship. Also, apparently no other NCAA program wanted to hire  him after MU let him go despite the overall success he had there; obviously there must be something to that. Bottom line: I'm happy MU Softball found someone to be their coach who is proving to be just as successful as he was(and hopefully shall prove to be even more so) and who runs the program with dignity and class, and who doesn't immaturely encourage his worshippers to boycott the program on his behalf.
  • Mizzou softball is in a very good place right now under Larissa Anderson. I don't know if fans have jumped back on the bandwagon because, as you mentioned, there's a COVID attendance capacity for home games this year. I suspect the stadium would be full this weekend for the Florida series if not for COVID rules.
    This much I know: The Mizzou softball story I wrote last week generated more traffic on our web site than just about any non-breaking news story I've written on a non-revenue team in a while. And there was nothing special about the story. I just think fans are interested in this team. It's a popular sport at Mizzou and has been for more than a decade, which is a tribute to Earleywine and the players he recruited to Mizzou. Softball routinely outdraws baseball in Columbia. 
    Yes, I liked covering Ehren because he kept things interesting. But at the same time it was easy to recognize the headaches the program created for people when he was in charge. His way of doing things didn't sit well with everyone, which became obvious when he was investigated by one AD and eventually fired by another. 
    All that being said, the program is in great shape right now. Strong culture, strong leadership. Lots of talent. 
    The recent Super League debacle with soccer was evidence of something I've noticed for years and would like to get your take on. People 40ish and younger are far less likely to be fans of teams/clubs as they are of individual stars. I think of this as the FIFA (or Madden) phenomenon. They can fill their video game teams with whatever players they want and they then follow those players from club to club, rather than staying with the team they were a fan of, in their younger days. I have two sons and one is very much of this ilk. The point of all this is, have you noticed it and have you heard any sports marketing folks talking about how to combat this lack of connection to a team? I do think it's slightly different with college, where the kids feel connected to the school and, therefore, the team.
    Yes, I would agree. My kids are my test case. They're not die-hard sports fans. They know a bunch of the NBA players, probably from seeing highlights on YouTube or NBA2K. But they sometimes forget which team they play for. Just the other day one of them was surprised to learn James Harden doesn't play for the Rockets anymore. In a sport like basketball where there's been a lot of player movement among the superstars - LeBron, Durant, Kawhi, Harden, Westbrook, etc. - unless you grow up a die-hard fan of one franchise, it's probably more natural to identify with the top players and not necessarily the top teams.
    Is there any early indication on why Perkins would leave so soon? Seen some rumblings on Twitter saying tampering from Oregon?
    OK, one last set of COVID/transfer questions: if a player took a “free” transfer this year, does he get another “free” (not sitting out) transfer later? If a graduate transfers after his “sophomore” year, does he have two more years at the new school? Is a player who was a “true” freshman last year, is he still a “true” freshman, or does he still have a redshirt option?
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