1. Because nearly 2,000 tickets went unsold. Mizzou allowed the season-ticket holders to claim their normal seats for the LSU game ($75 for upper bowl, $50 for lower bowl) and any tickets that went unclaimed were available to the public last Friday. Mizzou sold some but not all of them.
2. I know Mack became an easy target for Mizzou fans because of how he left and how he handled the 2015 football team situation ... but I thought he had a lot of good ideas, hired a very, very strong staff and worked hard to build relationships within the department and the local media.
Sterk keeps a much tighter inner circle. I've always thought he's more closed off personally. That's not a bad thing, just a different approach. Mike Alden was more of a politician. He worked the room. He knew he needed as allies and built a coalition of supporters.
Sterk keeps a much lower profile. We saw that when he hired Cuonzo Martin. He didn't have a big committee flying all over the country. He had some missteps with the latest football coaching search but ultimately landed on a coach who appears to be a good hire.
I think donors like Sterk. He's not someone who's going to invest emotionally in the people who work under him - unlike Alden, who had such strong support internally because he invested in the people in his department and mentored them to become ADs on their own.