The 1997 Missouri-Nebraska football game is on Big Ten Network right now. Tigers just took an early lead. Should be a good game!
All signs point to Mizzou playing with a smaller rotation this year, which should be fine most nights. The college game has been trending that direction for a while. There were games last year when Tilmon gave the Tigers a clear advantage, but even with a true 6-10 post player on the floor, there were still games where more athletic but shorter teams outplayed Mizzou inside when it came to rebounding and paint points. Wilmore could still have a role. Keita, too, for sure. But I don't expect those guys to play 25-plus minutes a game and have the offense flow through their position like it did with Tilmon the last few years.
I'm not sure where the current rules stand, but bottom line, any recruits can't gain any kind of illegal benefits from a former player.
Faurot Field is getting a new layer of artificial turf. I reported on this topic years ago, but the climate in Missouri makes it essentially impossible to grow a sustainable natural grass field that can hold up over the course of a season. Mizzou has tried in the past, but it's incredibly costly.
I think Mizzou can again be a middle of the pack team in the SEC that's capable of beating anyone in the league and losing to anyone in the league, which is essentially what this team was this past season. I think Martin upgraded in pure athleticism with some of the additions and there's some offensive versatility when you look specifically at the three transfers, who are all proven double-digit scorers at the college level. You have to wonder about 3-point shooting and point guard play. Those are major questions going into the season.
It might depend on the weather forecast. When the stadium was at 50 percent capacity they sold out of tickets pretty quickly. Considering the stadium only seats 2,500, I wouldn't be surprised if it sells out for the entire weekend.
Mizzou was close to the budget total more than a month ago, so from what I understand they've secured all the pledges they need to finance the project without any help from the university. At least one curator said back in February that he wouldn't support the project unless it was fully funded by athletics - and the measure passed unanimously yesterday. (Full disclosure, but the BOC meeting Zoom took place at the same time that MU softball was holding its pre-regionals Zoom, so I couldn't be on both at the same time yesterday.)
I don't put too much stock in what we can see in the spring, which isn't much in terms of full-speed, live-scrimmage drills, but after a promising 2020 I wouldn't expect any drop-off in 2021. Four of five starters are back, though expect some competition for a few of those guys. Mike Maietti is the center and Case Cook is the right guard. From there, guys are going to have to earn their jobs. Hyrin White missed all of last year with a shoulder injury, but he should be first in line to replace Larry Borom at right tackle. Xavier Delgado was in and out of the lineup last year but returns at left guard. He'll get a run for his money by Luke Griffin, who I thought played pretty well in spot starts last year. Then at left tackle, Mizzou went with newly arrived transfer Zeke Powell last year. He had some ups and downs as a first-year SEC player and could get some competition from Javon Foster.