I think the Big Ten's mistake was deciding so early to postpone the season and then not installing a bye week within the new schedule. There's no way to make up games - and it's naive to think they won't need to cancel more games.
As long as the circumstances that were true in 2011 were still true, Mizzou would have joined the SEC. Missouri believed - and had every reason to believe - that the Big 12 was about to implode. MU couldn't trust Texas or Oklahoma. The Big Ten option wasn't there to accept. Maybe at one time it could have been an option, but when MU needed to make a decision, it was Big 12 or SEC, and the promise of stability in the SEC was the major draw. That stability is still there. Mizzou sacrificed many things by joining the SEC, namely its traditional rivals and proximity for travel (for the teams and the fans). So, if Mizzou's leaders at the time - Deaton, Alden, Pinkel - had the ability to see the future and could know in 2011 that the Big 12 would indeed survive and remain (fairly) stable over the next decade and that it would be increasingly grueling to compete in the SEC long-term, then maybe MU stays in the Big 12. But they couldn't make that decision with a crystal ball.
I agree. But I'll met your tempered expectations with this: What if Bazelak had been the starter from Day 1? Maybe the Alabama is more competitive. Maybe Mizzou doesn't fall into an immediate 14-0 hole in Knoxville. We've seen the Vols struggle mightily since then.
Nah. Drinkwitz isn't a big enough name to attract Texas. That's not to say he couldn't do a good job there, but I don't see Texas hiring a guy who's been a Power 5 head coach for just one season. Urban Meyer would make a lot of sense there. Luke Fickell doesn't have a lot more experience, but he would be a solid hire. Matt Campbell? Bryan Harsin? Mario Cristobal? PJ Fleck?
There's another reasonable answer.
I don't know. I hear it all the time. Buyer's remorse?
OK, friends. That's it for today. Stay tuned for more Mizzou coverage in the coming days, plus live coverage from Gainesville on Saturday.