Join Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter for his live chat at 11 a.m. Thursday

Join Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter for his live chat at 11 a.m. Thursday

Bring your Tigers football, basketball and recruiting questions, and talk to Dave Matter in a live chat at 11 a.m. Thursday.

    The basketball job is better than the football job because it should be easier to win in the SEC in hoops than football. To build a consistent winner in football you have to recruit really well outside of the state of Missouri. That's hard to pull off over a sustained period. Basketball is a national sport when it comes to recruiting. Facilities don't matter nearly as much in basketball - and MU has very good basketball facilities. (Football facilities are fine, but Memorial Stadium is always going to be on the smaller side in the SEC.)
    Drinkwitz will get a chance to build a winner. It takes time. And to be honest, unlike other schools in the SEC, Mizzou doesn't have the kind of wacky alums who threaten to pull their support if the team isn't winning championships. 
    You expressed some frustration on twitter about lack of access for player interviews after last Saturday's game...especially in regard to two St. Louis area QB's whom you have never been able to talk to since they arrived at Mizzou. Have any of those issues been resolved and what is the answer here?
    Just to clarify, the reason I publicly expressed disappointment with the postgame interviews was so readers understood why those players weren't quoted in my coverage - or any offensive player for that matter. I was being transparent, not shaming Mizzou. (For the record, the administration personally apologized shortly after the game for the way the interviews unfolded.) I've since had productive conversations with several key people on the topic. Drinkwitz understands the situation. As I pointed out earlier, player media access this week was very good. All good.
    UGA fans were in a tizzy over Mizzou trying to score on their final drive I guess instead of taking a knee as they apparently would've preferred. And they certainly didn't hesitate to let their anger at Mizzou be known on social media--including a couple of writers for UGA-related publications. Do you think they were right to be mad, or did MU have every right to try to score even that late in the game during garbage time?
    I get it. If Mizzou was beating SEMO or Vandy by 37 points and their staff was calling multiple timeouts on the goal line in the final seconds, Mizzou fans would be booing, too. I'd be mildly annoyed, too, at that point. Just get it over with already.
    What you said last week: "still have relationships with players and coaches from the Larry Smith and Pinkel years but that was because we were able to spend time with them, get to know them and tell their stories. That just hasn’t been the case for the last several years now and I don’t expect having those relationships going forward." I'm curious to know--is this just a problem for you and the rest of the media at Mizzou ie the limited access to interviewing players, access to practice, etc. Or is this par for the course for most college football programs these days?
    I'd say Mizzou is probably middle of the pack in the SEC as far as player access. One-on-one interviews are essentially a thing of the past. That's a shame. That's how you get to tell the best stories and develop rapport with players and coaches. It can be frustrating, because I know from experience that the old way of doing things worked fine for everyone involved. But it's no longer 1998. Times have changed. Coaches have more control over the messaging in 2021. That's reality. And it's not going back to the old ways. That's OK. Adapt or die.
    Regarding my previous question Dave, this is more of a comment: I love Mizzou hoops, but I've about had it with college basketball. The system in NCAA Basketball is so rigged towards the so-called "blue-bloods" that it's sickening. Maybe Mizzou will surprise this year, but I'm going to be wise enough not to get hopes up too high. I mean, really, what chance does a seemingly honest HC like Cuonzo Martin with a roster year in and year out of mostly average overall talent have against the schools that cheat and get away with it? Another example of how the NCAA loves its bluebloods and does everything it can to assist them in staying that way--or at least the way I see it--is for instance that annual showcase to start the season every year of KU, UK, MSU, and Duke. They've been doing that one for like what over 10 years now? When those 4 play year after year in said showcase before packed arenas, how can that NOT be a recruiting advantage for them?!?
    Other things I'd like to say about this but I've rambled on long enough. Thanks Dave for letting me vent.
  • Interesting. I'd say college football is much more rigged toward the blue bloods than college basketball. You don't get the Cinderella stories in college football. Just look at what's happening to Cincinnati. They're going to get boxed out of the playoffs in favor of Power 5 teams with a loss, maybe even multiple losses. 
    In college hoops you get George Mason making the Final Four. Wichita State in the Final Foul. You get 12 seed Mizzou crashing the Elite Eight.
  • Was the start for Wilmore based on the matchup or has he earned a starting role?
    Cuonzo always seems to like a traditional big man in the starting lineup. Like I said earlier, when Reed Nikko wasn't playing a ton of minutes, he'd still start.
    Tyler Badie has 1030 rushing yards and Michael Cox is second with 122. With Badie gone next year, it looks to me there will be a big gap to fill when next year rolls around. Does Eli have a plan?
    I'd hit the portal for the best back available. But remember, they signed two backs this year and have a four star coming next year in Tavorus Jones. 
    Eli did this last year, too, Badie went some games without touching the ball more than a couple times. It was all Rountree all the time. He really leans heavily on his No. 1 back. 
    Whatever happened to the new policy or whatever you want to call it in NCAA 🏀 that was supposedly going to make for a huge change in both it and the NBA--something along the lines of the Top 20 or so high school prospects would not have to go to college at all and would either be drafted immediately to an NBA team once their high school career was over or go play in the NBA version of the minor leagues? Does that sound familiar? Sorry if it doesn't.
    There was some thought that the NBA was going to relax its draft rules in 2022 or 2023 to allow high school players to enter the draft, but the players union has been against the move for a variety of reasons. The NBA's collective bargaining agreement is up for renewal in 2025, so it could be addressed then. But probably not sooner.
    I have been a long time supporter of Cuonzo Martin but I just think his message is tone deaf. Reading that recent tweet on Mizzou Hoops where he is extolling on their academic prestige rather than emphasizing how he will develop them as basketball players. Do you agree that our ceiling is limited with him at the helm?
  • No. He's not going to chase 5 stars with bags of money and free cars. I don't think Cuonzo stressing academics with his players should be considered a negative, especially when he just signed his highest-ranked recruit in nearly five years.
  • Is Mookie Cooper still injured? He has 14 receptions for the year. If Ohio St gave him a scholarship and then he transferred to Mizzou, it seems like he would figue to be a centerpiece in their offense, but had 0 receptions vs Georgia.
    Like I said earlier, it's essentially a lost season for him. Just because he went to Ohio State doesn't mean he'll automatically get more snaps and touches than Barrett Banister. He's got to earn his role.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Macon a 4-star QB recruit? And the guy isn't an accurate short passer? Makes you wonder about who's making these star ratings.
    Rivals.com rated Macon a four-star and the nation's No. 14 dual threat QB.
    The 247Sports national composite rated Macon as a three-star and No. 35 quarterback overall. (247 doesn't separate between dual threat and pocket passer.)
    Good morning Dave and hope all is well your way. Question regarding Tyler Badie: Might Badie be downgraded by NFL scouts who will be aware that his best games this season have been against lower tier teams, his not-so-great games being against tougher competition?
    FCS players get drafted all the time when their only production comes against lesser competition. It's less about the level of competition and more about his talent and production. The guy is clearly talented. I think the reason he hasn't put up huge numbers against better defenses is Mizzou has fallen behind in those games early and he doesn't get great blocking against more talented defensive players.
    I heard a lot of gripe from MU fans this year regarding the TV time for kickoffs this year, so I did some research dating back to the debut season of the SECN, 2014 and had some very interesting findings. Note that I excluded info from 2020 since the pandemic created a big scheduling mess and most fans were not allowed in the stadium that I did not find that season applicable to this discussion.
    This is the first time Mizzou has not had a night game at Farout since 2014.
    The most was 2015 which had 4 home night games if you include the "Neutral site" game at Arrowhead vs BYU and the Thursday night game vs Miss St. 2017 and 2019 each had 3 night games at Farout.
    For years the fanbase has complained about 11am kickoffs, especially at home. That, for the most part, has not held true until this year when 5 games kicked at 11am. The previous high was 3 in 2014, 2017, and 2018. Of those 11am kickoffs, this year matches 2017 with 3 home games starting at 11. 2017 also was the only year to only have 6 home games on the schedule.
    This is also the year with the highest percentage of reg season games broadcast on the SECN, tied with 2016 at 75%2020 would be the "worst" kickoff time schedule for fans as 90% of games were on the SECN and 4/5 home games kicked off at 11am.
    MU fans, not surprisingly, complained about the schedule so much that now we are the boy who cried wolf with the 11am kickoffs. This year was historically bad for kickoff times, but since fans complained for years about it, even when it was not that bad, now no one hears the legitimate gripe.
    I guess I say all this to ask, is there any schedule mandate for each individual team with the ESPN contract other than ecery game is accessible on TV? I know the NFL had/has a rule that each team gets a primetime game each year. Anything like that with this contract?
    I don't believe there's any such mandate in the SEC.
    Thank you for your response on Wilks and your points make a lot of sense especially about the money. Also, I do look at Illinois every week and wonder what if. However, this is the worst Mizzou defense in my lifetime and I'm older than most. Wilks is a great person but a terrible coach. Do you think if things stay the way they are performance-wise on defense that Wilks will be back next season?
    by Thank you for your response on Wilks. My response 11/11/2021 7:48:30 PM
  • I think Eli has a big decision to make and the next three games will push him one way or the other.
  • I can't tell you how many times over the last 7 or 8 seasons or so that I've either attended an MU basketball game in person or watched on TV and have been so bummed out about the sparse crowds--especially in the student section. Tuesday night was simply awesome to see that student section packed AND loud! Kudos to Cuonzo and company for doing what they did to finally get those kids back in Mizzou Arena. I just hope they keep showing up all season.
    I liked the extra bulk on the d-line against Georgia, with 3 d-tackles clogging the middle. Will we see more of that the rest of the season. Also interesting that improved D happened with Devin Nicholson not starting or playing as much.
    Drinkwitz and Wilks were very complimentary of the front seven's play against Georgia: the four linemen plus Bailey and Alldredge at linebacker and Martez Manuel, who played in the box most of the game. If it worked against UGA - and let's be clear, they didn't shut down UGA but forced them into more passing situations - then no reason it can't be effective against the other teams on the schedule.
    Hey Dave. Not sure if you have any info, but when Koetting leaves, is Mevis going to handle kickoffs? Is it an athleticism issue that keeps Mevis off the kickoff unit?
    Koetting plans to return next year from what I understand. If so, Mevis might just stick with field goals and PATs.
    Long time Mizzou MBB fan back to the last season in Brewer Fieldhouse. I just don't think fans fully realize the depths the K. Anderson regime took the program in its 3 years. And not just wins and losses. What are some of the worst hires you've seen over your years with the Tribune and STL PD?
    Obviously the Anderson hire was a bad one. Haith had a great first year. His second and third teams were competitive, but obviously there were issues with recruiting and the Miami fiasco once it came to light. Mack Rhoades could have gone in other directions when Pinkel retired, but there weren't a lot of realistic options considering all the university was going through at the time. Odom wasn't necessarily his first choice - he really liked Matt Rhule - but he was one coach who wanted the job.
    OK, friends. I'm out of time. We'll do this again next Thursday. Enjoy the game Saturday. Lots of coverage still to come. And make sure to get your tickets to next week's On Tap event.
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