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.

    Hey there, chatters. Let's get started. I'll be here for the next couple hours. Mizzou hoops plays tonight vs. Northern Illinois, so I'll be at the arena for that. Thanks to those of you who attended last night's On Tap event at Ballpark Village. Great time as always.
    Were do I start. Monday felt like kim anderson era againe. Wilmore trying to guard guys on the outside is poor. Then he posts up a 6'9 guy and nobody will throw him the ball I guess they have no confidence in him. I watch the women play they run a great offense the men look like they have no idea what they are trying to do. I read this mizzou team will be more athletic will play great defense and will run the ball haven't seen any of that. Our fresh will be ready but not this year. We have no inside game so they guard our shooters much harder. They had to double tilmon. Braun would of fit in good with this team. Don't know what to think dave if they get blown out tonight and that could happen I have no idea what should happen. Sorry about the long blog but monday was sad for us long time mizzou basketball fans
    Monday was one of the worst games Mizzou has played home or away in a long, long time. They looked lost when Kobe Brown was on the bench with foul trouble. I thought the defense looked timid. The offense was rudderless. No transition opportunities. Kansas City was better on the boards. Losing Boogie Coleman early in the first half clearly hurt, but it's not like they were winning when he was on the floor. We'll learn a lot about this team tonight. If it comes out sluggish and flat, it's going to be a looooooooong season. If they come out clearly motivated by Monday's performance and look more crisp on offense, more sound on defense, then maybe that was an off night for a group of players still learning how to play with each other.
    I hope we retain wilks the guys are starting to trust the system why bring in a new guy and the players have to learn a new system. I thought 6 wins next year with maybe winning 7 would be really good but I see improvement and good young players here and coming in I am thinking 7 is good and maybe 8 next year
    The defense has certainly looked better the last two weeks. If they carry it over to Saturday against a potentially explosive Florida offense, then that's obviously good for Wilks' future. I've said for weeks it's in Drinkwitz's best interests for the defense to have a strong second half so he can justify keeping his coordinator in place. Otherwise, it's fair to criticize his judgment and decision-making to nudge Ryan Walters to Illinois and replace him with someone unfit for the job. (By the way, Walters just scored an extension and raise that will put among the highest-paid tier of Power 5 defensive coordinators. They like what he's brought to the Illini.)
    Dave, to the extent that you know, or can speculate, how does Saturday’s injury report look for Tigers ? Also, I would be surprised if Bazelak doesn’t start; would you?
    I really don't know what to expect at quarterback. It'l certainly be Cook or Bazelak. Both quarterbacks talked to the media last night. (Kudos to Drinkwitz for making both QBs available for interviews.) Bazelak admitted he's not nearly as mobile as he'd like because of his injury and that he's been pressing on some downfield throws that have gotten him in trouble. Cook said he's approaching the week as a competition with Bazelak for the starting job. I would not be surprised at all if Cook is the choice, though that's not based on any intel, just my gut. He's healthy, he's far more dangerous as a running threat and he's never done anything in games as a passer that indicates he can't do the job. For his career, he's completed 24 of 30 passes for 175 yards. He's accurate, he's tough, he's smart, he's mobile.
    With what could be Coach Martin's best overall class coming in next year and the fact he does have a large buy-out, how secure is his job after the horrible UMKC loss?
    As of today, there's no realistic scenario where Martin would lose his job after this season. Mizzou would owe him $6 million if he's fired after this season - and he couldn't be fired until May 1, which means even if you find a way to pay the buyout, you couldn't have a new coach in place until four weeks after the Final Four and nearly three weeks after the start of the April signing period. Those are the facts. We can debate for the six months whether Mizzou should make a coaching change, but the school would have to overcome those two very large hurdles for it to become a reality. Unless Martin chooses to walk away from the job and the buyout - and I don't see that happening - then he will almost assuredly be the head coach in 2022-23.
  • I really believe Sean Koetting will have an opportunity to try-out for an NFL team due to his strong leg. Do you think he will, or am I missing something?
    Last I checked he plans to come back for the 2022 season and continue his education. He's already in the graduate program for health administration. But, eventually, yes, he's got the leg to kick on Sundays.
    Kim English I really believe can bring the sec type players we need to compete at the top level in the conf. I know he is young and inexperienced but I think he really relates well to players. I don't think his salary would be huge at first.
    Kim is off to a great start at George Mason. Personally, I think Mizzou should take an extended break from hiring alums to coach the two high-profile sports, but he's got the opportunity to put himself in the position to become a candidate at high-major programs that one day have job openings.
    Dave, in your opinion, does Cuonzo have enough talent to compete in the SEC? I posed this question to Ben Fredericksen on Tuesday and he did not answer it. I know they got beaten by Kansas City. That is not my point. Is the team talented enough to compete, irrespective of results, coaching, fan support, etc.? You can beat a more talented team with effort, a better game plan, luck, etc. but "if you haven't got the horses" you do not stand a chance. Thanks, Dave.
    Define compete. Compete for the championship? Compete for a top-four seed in Tampa? (Yes, the SEC tournament is in Tampa this season.) Compete for a middle-of-the-pack finish? I picked Mizzou ninth on my preseason SEC ballot. So, no, I don't think there's enough talent there to compete for a championship for finish in the top four. There's just too much proven talent and incoming talent at Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn for a team like Mizzou to contend this year. Does Missouri have enough to win some games in the league? Sure. Can Mizzou knock off any of those teams I mentioned? On the right day, when the 3s are falling, sure. But over the long haul of an 18-game SEC season I don't see this core group as good enough to push for a top-four seed. Kobe Brown and Javon Pickett have proven they're good enough to be role players on an NCAA Tournament team. I don't know that they're good enough to be the centerpieces to an above-average high-major team. And the supporting cast is still completely unproven.
    Embarrassing describes Monday's performance.
    Be patient? I bet bulk of chats this morning will focus on ending Coach's tenure as soon as possible.
    But, before us Tiger fans fire the coach, all of us need to take a look at the recent history of hires who have been fired or are on the verge of it. This includes Crean, the Miller brothers, Lavin, Wojo from Duke, etc. Bottom line, it's easy to fire a coach but who do you hire? Also, the MU athletic department is broke!
    There are no sure things in college sports hires. I thought Scott Frost was a sure thing at Nebraska. Look how that's worked out. I figured Archie Miller would be great at Indiana. Not so. Bobby Hurley at Arizona State? Kevin Keatts at N.C. State? Those hires seemed destined to work out greatly. Nah, not so much.
    Where does Mizzou v Arkansas rivalry rank in the SEC? Is it even a rivalry? Does it have the potential to be one similar to UF v UGA?
    It needs two things to become a legit SEC rivalry: Time and two programs both being relevant at the same time. That's not easy to do. Here are better football rivalries in the SEC:
    Alabama-Auburn
    Alabama-Tennessee
    Alabama-LSU
    Auburn-Georgia
    Florida-Georgia
    Florida-Tennessee
    Ole Miss-Mississippi State
    Ole Miss-LSU
    Georgia-Tennessee
    Good day to you Dave and hope all is well your way.
    Regarding SEC non-con schedules: why is the SEC the only Power 5 conference that I know of that doesn't schedule all of their Non-conference schedules at the beginning of the year and then go straight into all SEC conference games from there on out? Okay, I guess the exception always has to be traditional  out-of-conference longtime rivalries to end the year w Georgia/Georgia Tech, South Carolina/Clemson, Florida-FSU, Kentucky-Louisville(unless you could convince even those schools to play earlier in the year). But other than that, seems so ridiculous that Bama played New Mexico St. last week so late in the season, Florida played Samford,  and this week alone this late in the season you got 6(!) SEC schools playing 6 non-con weaklings! Any idea why the SEC goes with this kind of scheduling year after year?
    For one, the SEC schools like to have a late-season break before major rivalry games and possible conference championship game appearances. Also, the league likes having some major conference games early in the year when the Ohio States are playing Tulsa or Oklahoma is playing Tulane. It shines a brighter light on the SEC earlier in the season. As future schedules are currently built, Mizzou will start doing the same, too. New Mexico State visits Columbia in late November next year.
    Dave - I typically don't complain about the refs but on Saturday, Mizzou had about three very questionable calls go against them. There was one play where South Carolina was going for it on 4th down and clearly their offensive line me was holding one of our guys - but no call was made - Drink was having a fit. Any chance we get that same crew back for Florida - Thank You
    I don't know what crew will be on the field Saturday. I thought two of the defensive penalties that wiped out interceptions were bad calls, especially the defensive holding on Akayleb Evans before his pick.
    Then again, if the South Carolina beat writer were hosting a chat today, I'm sure some Gamecock fans could come up with two or three calls they didn't like from that game, too. 
    Dave - What a year for Tyler Badie! It's been great to watch him and his work ethic. But what is our other go to option on offense? Or, do we just not have one and we can only hope for something to happen? Thank You
    At this point, why would you want the ball in anyone else's hands? Yes, you have to throw downfield at times, but Badie should be the centerpiece every week. He's a legit All-American candidate and arguably the most valuable offensive player in the SEC. There might be better offensive players in the league, but no one who means more to his team's success.
    Dave - The quarterback position for Mizzou against Florida I take it is still up in the air? However, based on Conner's performance and Brady coming in for that last series, I believe we can expect to quarterbacks playing on Saturday? Since this game is a good chance we get to six wins, I don't think Drink will want to get too creative. Thank You
  • I tend to disagree. This is not the week to go conservative. It's kitchen sink time. Leave nothing to chance. If your Drinkwitz, this is the game you want to be aggressive and leave nothing out of the game plan. The last thing you want is to go to Arkansas with bowl eligibility riding on a game on the road against a motivated Hogs team with Barry Odom out for vengeance. Throw everything in the playbook at Florida and if you win, you can play with house money next week in Fayetteville. Plus, even if MU's defense continues to play well, count on Florida scoring points. It's an explosive offense. This could be a shootout, similar to last year's LSU game.
  • Dave, thanks for all the Mizzou updates. I like Martin as a man and as a coach. He recruits solid people and he does the right things. What puzzles me is how he can't, or won't, put some emphasis on shooting, as in recruiting 3 point sharpshooters and accepting the fact that hard nosed defense will only take you so far. I think his program could go up another notch if he put shooting as a higher priority. Your thoughts?
    It's not that he doesn't want shooters. Kassius Robertson and Jordan Barnett both shot better than 42% in Martin's first year. Mark Smith was brought to Mizzou t be a great shooter - and he shot 45% from 3 his first year. Pinson shot 40% his freshman year. Dru Smith shot 40% last year. Torrence Watson came to Mizzou with the reputation as a great shooter - but couldn't shoot at this level. So, there's always been an intention of having great shooting teams. But the results just haven't always been that consistent. This team still has some shooters. Pickett has flirted with 40%. Boogie Coleman was a very good 3-point shooter at Ball State.
    Okay Dave, I'll give it to you that there are a lot of "Cinderella stories" in NCAA 🏀 that help somewhat to offset the domination of the blue-bloods as you told me last week. But one of the reasons why is the sheer number of Div 1 college basketball teams compared to the lesser number in college football. But the other issue I have with the blue-bloods is how they're seemingly always getting away with rigged "slaps on the wrists" when they commit infractions that you know a school like MU would never get away with. Look at the joke of a  ruling against North Carolina for instance in their classroom scandal. Tell me why in the hell that sleazebag coach at LSU is STILL coaching there(yes, I know part of that is due to lack of ethics in matters regarding athletics at LSU, but still...) after what he was caught on tape saying!  It will take a freaking miracle for Bill Self to go down or get punished severely at KU for his illegal slimeball tactics he's used in getting players. When all of whom I mentioned inevitably get away with what they did--and I'm not even counting the things I'm sure about that the likes of Calipari gets away with at UK along with other big name coaches at other big-time 🏀 schools--that might be it for me with college hoops, my passion for Mizzou basketball be damned.
    This is why Martin was so frustrated with the Oklahoma State ruling ... because several other high-profile cases are still out there.
    How do you explain Mizzou being a 10-point underdog at home against FLA this week?  I might be tempted to think the odds makers in Vegas are nuts on this one, except it does worry me because it seems like the experts there often are more correct with seemingly nonsensical point spreads between two teams than not. Only possible theories that I can come up with as to their way of thinking: they think the unsettled QB situation for MU could be a problem? They think FLA is going to rally hard for their embattled Coach Mullen in their last 2 games? They are still not convinced that MU's shockingly improved run-defense the last 2 weeks is legit? And along those lines, dual-threat QB's similar to Emory Jones have gashed us all season and MU still has to prove they can stop someone like him? Florida's overall talent is still much better than MU's and they think the Gators will wake up and prove that this Saturday? They(the Vegas guys) still have somehow never heard of Tyler Badie? They think even more MU "fans" whom otherwise might've attended the game this Saturday will be out deer hunting instead and hurt the attendance again and thereby making Faurot less of an intimidating home-field advantage factor? (Okay, that theory about Badie is semi-sarcastic, the one about the 🦌 hunting is somewhat sarcastic.)Well that's pretty much all I can come up with as to trying to figure out why we're such big underdogs considering the way we've played the last 2 weeks and how FLA has been pretty abysmal the last few weeks. Sorry if I overdid it with theories that made for a long post here. But how about you Dave--anything that you can come up with that I'm missing?
    Don't forget, the Vegas lines aren't predictions. They're not even projections. They're just trying to entice enough gamblers to bet on both sides of the line. They're expecting some gamblers to see that number and just assume Florida will handle Mizzou because it's Florida, the program, not Florida the 2021 team ... while others see how the two teams are trending in recent weeks and would believe Mizzou can keep the margin closer. The average gambler probably isn't very smart, which means half the gamblers are less smart than not smart.
    Hi Dave:

    I am a retired MU faculty member living in FL. Your columns/reports/live chats is one of the reasons I subscribe to the St. Louis Post. Keep up the good work. My question is about scholarships. Several football players have already committed to transferring during the season. When does the scholarship they are giving up become available to another person? i.e, Do these athletics stop getting any support for tuition/food or whatever immediately or does their scholarship support continue until the end of the semester? Thanks. Bob Reys
    Bob, thank you for your subscription. That support allows our reporters to travel the country to cover the teams you folks follow. 
    Scholarships are good through the semester, so if a player chooses now to enter the transfer portal and play for another program, they'd stay on scholarship through the end of the semester before enrolling elsewhere for the winter. They don't get tossed on the street immediately once they decide to play somewhere else. If someone decides to transfer early enough in a given semester to enroll immediately at the other school, then the scholarship at the new school could also kick in immediately. Every case is unique to some degree. 
    It worked out for Scott Frost.....he just got an extension
    Well, not in the sense of working out with wins.
    Oh great....another 11:00 am start in late November next year vs New Mexico St.
    Not necessarily. The 11 am starts are considered good for TV inventory. It's the 3 pm starts that are generally seen as the worst spots for the TV networks - because it's at the same time as the primo 2:30 CBS spt.
    Good Morning Dave- I’m not sure why Jordan Wilmore is on the floor. Every player refuses to pass to him and the body language of each player is complete frustration after every play he is in. Monday night, there were multiple times Jordan and our team were arguing on the court. Is there really a role for him here? Thanks.
    Two games. Let it play out. This is still a brand new team with new roles for 10 players.
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