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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 don't believe there's any such mandate in the SEC.
I think Eli has a big decision to make and the next three games will push him one way or the other.
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.
Koetting plans to return next year from what I understand. If so, Mevis might just stick with field goals and PATs.
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.