The Academic Progress Rate. It's calculated by a four-year running rate that's based on athletes being on pace to earn their degree. If you lose players to transfer or the NBA, you're not hurt as long as they leave in solid academic standing. The NCAA expects to relax some of those standards this year because of the influx of transfers as a result of the eligibility changes related to the pandemic. Mizzou's in good shape now with its four-year average. Braun and Smith's departures shouldn't hurt them in any way. If Pinson wants to be eligible at his next school then he'll have to leave MU in good academic standing.
Both sides can definitely benefit. The established high-major teams can get the best of the best from the mid-majors. The mid-majors get players who drop down from the high-majors who want more playing time.
Great tourney run for the Beavers. Tinkle went from the hot seat to a contract extension.
He saw some good things from Durugordon the last couple weeks of the season when he joined practices. He's more of a slasher. He's got good size on the wing. I'm not sure how much of a shooter he'll be immediately, but he's got some much-needed athleticism.
Thank you, Bill. The same to you and yours.
I'll put the over-under at 14. Mizzou had 24 takeaways in 22 games the last two years combined. This defense has to be better in that area. It was a real weakness in 2020.
I was impressed with what I saw in the spring. He'll get some playing time in that D-tackle rotation.
To recap, Badie played at 182 last year. Got up to 197 for spring practices, then got even heavier at around 203. He told the coaches that was too heavy and he felt better in the mid 190s. Either way, he has to find the sweet spot where he's strong enough to take absorb contact in the trenches but light and quick enough so he doesn't sacrifice his true strength, being a playmaker in the open field as a receiver or outside runner. He's got so much upside as a difference-maker in this league. But he's not a 15-carry-a-game kind of back. I think that much of a workload could work against his strengths as a multipurpose weapon.
Dru Smith and Mitchell Smith already have their degrees, as does Drew Buggs. I believe Tilmon and Mark Smith graduate this spring or summer.
He'll end up at a Power 5 program, but there's some obvious baggage there. Whether it's fair or unfair to measure him by his blow-up back in December, the fact that it happened on live TV during a huge nonconference game and then generated a lot of attention at the nation's No. 1 fishbowl program, I understand why coaches might stay away. Plus, he's not the kind of player you plug in and get immediate results. Is he an undersized forward or a bigger wing? If he's a bigger wing then he's a wing that's not much of a perimeter shooter.
Missouri isn't signing a better class than Georgia as long as Kirby Smart is at Georgia - or any coach who is halfway decent.
I can't imagine KU would use a scholarship on Braun. Maybe as a walk-on.