All the talk preseason was about Bazelak throwing downfield more this year. He was adamant that the offense would be more dangerous vertically. I thought at times early he forced some balls down field, maybe trying to prove his point, and that might have taken him away from his strength: sharp accuracy on the short to intermediate throws that move the chains consistently. That's just a theory, but that's what my eyes told me. And then throw in the injury and a pure pocket passer who's not super athletic became immobile - and that seemed to throw off his accuracy even more.
I've always thought that fans (some media) have let Anderson's departure could their memory of the program he ran. Those teams were always competitive. He did it without always recruiting elite talents, so you can make a case they had a ceiling when compared to elite programs. But I agree that he doesn't get enough credit for the games he won and the product he built. Again, if he wouldn't have pissed off so many people with his messy exit, he'd be remembered more fondly.
Jatorian Hansford has entered the transfer portal. Backup defensive end, had eight tackles this year. He was the fourth D-end most of the year. Not a major loss. Never seemed to develop into an SEC-caliber starter.
I'm not sure Chism has the speed/separation ability, but he's got the frame to get some looks. Alldredge is pretty small for an NFL linebacker, even in the modern age that favors speed and quickness over bulk.
I have no say over box scores. The AP wire handles those. I include the attendance in most if not every football game story and most basketball stories. But for basketball games, the attendance isn't made available immediately - and I file my story as soon as the buzzer sounds, before the attendance figure is available. When I publish updated stories for later editions of the paper I almost always include the attendance.
That looks right to me. I'll continue to point out West ran for more yards in 1998 than Badie - unless Badie runs for 100 yards in the bowl game. Then he'll have the undisputed record.
He'll be a walk-on. I generally don't write about walk-on commitments unless it's a high-profile player from the St. Louis area.
Missouri isn't getting kicked out of the SEC. Next ...
I'd be surprised. He's an Oklahoma native. I would think he'll give the next Sooners coach a chance.
Not just to save money, but they don't want to pay two people to do the same job. It's also about having a more efficient operation.
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Agree to disagree. I think they're more than worthy. The Big 12 is not good this year. Oklahoma State hasn't beaten anyone as good as Cincinnati's best win over Notre Dame. And OSU has a bad loss to 7-5 Iowa State.
Not really. They've been very focused on social media for the last few years. I don't notice anything different. Sometimes I wish they'd be less focused on social media and more focused on people in real media.
I never said Kaleb Brown may start. Cuonzo said after Monday's game that he might get in the rotation more. But I'm not sure he'll stick with that. We'll see. I'm not sure he's in the best shape to play significant minutes. They see him as a backup point guard. They've got Davis, Coleman and Brookshire getting minutes there.
This is his last year. I'm not sure he's big enough to play linebacker in the NFL. Could be a special teams guy if he tests well.
Three more years. He was a true freshman in 2020 but that didn't count against his eligibility.
I haven't heard any complaints about that. I know some people who have seats in the premium section on the south side and really enjoy it down there.
You've got Michael Cox, BJ Harris, Elijah Young and Taj Butts returning next year and four-star Tavorus Jones arriving in 2022. I'm not sure in terms of roster space you NEED a running back. But I'd think if an impact, experienced back becomes available you'd consider him. TCU's Zach Evans is in the portal - no, he wasn't coached there by Curtis Luper but probably recruited some. Otherwise, I don't know of any high-profile, immediate impact transfers available as of now.