He hasn't brought it up. I don't think it's uncommon in college football.
Very big? I don't know how to measure it in words exactly. It would be his biggest win, no doubt. You use that as part of your sales pitch if you win; you ignore the outcome if you lose. It would be MU's first win over a top 10 team since the 2013 Georgia win.
Mizzou wants the facility and has boosters willing to pay for it. Would it be nice for the same boosters to pay for salaries for the folks in athletics who had to take paycuts and furloughs or save the jobs of those who were laid off? Of course. But that's not the world we live in when it comes to college sports. Mizzou athletics is facing a major revenue shortage for this year. It's why the department has cut costs. But a project like this isn't necessarily impacted by those decisions because there's outside money coming in to make it possible.
Not sure about that. Maybe for a minute or two, but Cuonzo doesn't typically trust very inexperienced freshmen on the big stage this early in their career.
Not sure. I don't like to speculate on those decisions.
Arkansas' tempo was a problem. The line had trouble getting lined up on time. It sure looked like guys were out of gaps. Losing Bolton for the second half hurts because he's the QB on defense who helps everyone get lined up, but also he wasn't playing all that great in the first half.
I was fortunate at Mizzou because while I took classes through the Journalism school I landed a part-time job covering sports at the Columbia Daily Tribune. I essentially worked full-time hours and got a ton of invaluable experience covering every team in Columbia. I was even luckier to get a full-time job there as Mizzou's football beat writer at the Tribune. I worked there until 2004, when I took a brief hiatus from journalism then returned less than a year later and worked there for another few years covering Mizzou football. The Post-Dispatch hired me in 2013 in my current role. I've been very fortunate to have steady work in a turbulent industry. My advice would be to read, read and read good sports journalism before you're willing to find someone to pay you to write it. That's how you learn what's good.
No. I respect the question and I get asked this a lot, but for me there's no emotional attachment to the final outcome of the game. I would do a disservice to the readers if I was getting paid to be a cheerleader. Is my job more enjoyable when Mizzou wins? Of course. People are in better moods. More people read our stories and you get to cover events that mean more to more people. But when the team is losing I'm there to ask the most important questions: Why is this happening? What's going to happen to fix it? It's much harder to answer those questions and objectively analyze the situations when you're a cheerleader. Don't get me wrong. Covering Mizzou for more than 20 years has been a positive experience for me. I've gotten three books out of the deal. I've formed a lot of great relationships with people. But in the end, I'm rooting for the best stories to unfold, less stress on deadline, more access to coaches and players and quality coffee in the press box.
That's kind of you to say.
Apologies for the delay earlier. I'll get to a few more questions.
The coach sets that, but when you have two guards who can push the ball and get downhill, it starts there with Pinson and Dru Smith.
I'm not sure I'd throw around the word elite. Ed Chang's strength was shooting 3s, but he's a 3 on the wing - and not playing ahead of Mark Smith and Pickett. Not many teams go more than 10 deep. You can't play everyone every night.
Yes, Mevis had committed under the Odom regime.
If you ask Cuonzo he's been incredibly valuable the last two games. He's just not a big stats guy. He's not being asked to fill up the box score. I don't think Missouri wins that game last night without Buggs because his presence afforded Martin to bench Pinson for long stretches when Pinson was throwing passes into the stands.
I don't have the chat numbers, but there have been more questions the last two weeks for sure.
Good question. Georgia has been slightly better against the run. Alabama has been statistically better against the pass. Georgia gets more sacks; Alabama forces more turnovers. Both have been about the same on third down but neither as good as Missouri.