Missouri signed a four-star, top 60 basketball recruit last week. So, it's possible.
It's a mystery. He averages about 40 yards per reception. Maybe he's not a strong blocker so he can only play on passes designed exclusively for him. I don't get it either.
Nah. It's to your benefit as a reader and fan that I'm not rooting for anyone. I root for fast games and hot coffee in the press box. Here's the deal: No matter who I want to win the game I have to do the same job regardless. It's a lot easier to cover those games when you're focused on writing about happened without the emotional attachment to the result. To quote the great Dan Shaughnessy, who's covered so many Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics wins and losses after growing up a Boston sports fan: "I root for myself and tell stories."
He's one of the most likable, most respected guys on this team.
He's just not that athletic or fast enough to be an impact runner, even when healthy. He can get a few yards on a scramble, pick up a first down on a designed keeper. But he's never going to be a real threat as a runner like Matt Corral or Emory Jones.
No. It's almost impossible to be in the Heisman conversation if you play if your team only wins five, six or seven games. And as great as he's played, he doesn't have a signature, prolific game against an elite opponent. If he ran for 175 yards and two TDs against Georgia and MU won 10 games, then maybe. But he won't get the votes for doing it against Vandy and South Carolina. The Heisman is as much about the narrative arc than it is the stats. He'll be lucky to get first-team All-American with Kenneth Walker in his way for that selection.
Because they haven't appeared to hire the right guy yet. It's hard. It's a crapshoot, an expensive game of craps. Sometimes you don't have your answer until year three.
I don't think it's unfair. I think it's completely fair to wonder if winning 20 games and making the NCAA Tournament as a 7-8-9 seed is the ceiling. You keep him around long enough and his team will do that more often than not. His teams generally have a relatively high floor but relatively low ceiling when compared to the two extremes in the sport. With any coaching change there's risk. Mizzou figured a coach like Quin Snyder had more upside than other less glamorous options - but we found out there was potential for disaster there, too. At some point, Mizzou leadership will have to ask itself what it wants from this program.
I have no idea. I don't have grand visions of doing anything else for a living right now. If I retired and my family stayed in Columbia, sure, I'd go to football games and experience the side of the game I've never experienced. But I don't think you'll see me waving any pompoms.
For the last month or so I've been posting my SEC coach of the year, offensive/defensive players of the year choices every Friday in my weekly picks story. Heupel was my top choice last week, just ahead of Harsin and Smart. I'll update it tomorrow. Not sure if I'll change my order.
Did Ford have perennial top 20 teams at Oklahoma State? I don't recall that ever being the case. In eight years there he finished in the top 25 once. If he would always have top 25 teams at Missouri how come he only had one at OSU?
OK, chatters. That's all for this week. Not sure yet if there will be a chat next week with the holiday. If not, have a great Thanksgiving.