Sampson clearly broke recruiting rules. He did it knowingly. Does that make him a bad person? He made a lot of illegal phone calls and text messages. Rules are rules, and he certainly paid the price by losing a great job at Indiana and getting shunned from college coaching for a few years. But we've seen enough really ugly things in college sports over the years that impermissible phone calls just doesn't raise my ire these days. He's a great coach, as he's proved at Houston and everywhere else he's coached over the years.
He's not very active on social media and isn't the type to broadcast every detail of his life. So he very well could have offers but isn't making it public..
He can leave whatever he wants and doesn't owe UK a cent. He doesn't have a buyout and is only obligated to tell his bosses before negotiating at any other school or team.
I'd be surprised if MU explores that option. Michigan State tried to convert Watts into a point guard this year because he's such a bad shooter, but it didn't really work. He's an athlete but high-turnover, bad shooter and seemed to have flare-ups with Izzo, which isn't all that uncommon there. I don't think he fits what MU now needs with the addition of Amari Davis. MU needs a natural point guard or a great shooter. Watts is neither.
Scholarships are one-year deals. If there's a player on your team you don't want anymore you explain to them they'd be better off moving on. Most players see the writing on the wall and leave on their own. Those situations have a way of working themselves out.
Something could develop this offseason. Martin isn't going anywhere. Again, like I've said here for weeks, Mizzou doesn't have to break the bank to keep him around but will want to show it's committed to the program in terms of facility upgrades, staff resources, etc.
I'm not going to speak for Braun here. He clearly wants to play more minutes. He could have had a bigger role next year, but he's not getting Kobe Brown's minutes - and he's not a natural five and not quick enough to defend threes.
I'll go with Kansas City then Memphis. Lots of good options in Texas, too.
Sure, there's always a chance. Next year would be the ideal year to play.
In-person interviews (fingers crossed).
Mizzou needs better players. I don't think staff changes are necessarily the answer.
Compared to the national trend, you're not seeing anything uncommon. In fact, when the dust settles on this year's transfer cycle, MU might have fewer players in the portal than the national average.
Right now the target number is three in terms of additions, with Davis being one of them. They're not going to nudge out any of the newcomers. They're not going to nudge out Pickett or Brown. It'll come down to whether they're convinced a fourth newcomer is a better investment than one of the returning players, whether that's Watson, Chang or Wimore.
The last time I heard Pingeton address that question she wasn't really sure about the future. I'd think both seniors - Dickson and Dufficy - could help this team next year.