Who says he likes one more than the other? Options are nice to have.
None of it. I think it's all fascinating. I like that players can transfer without penalty. I like that players can profit off their name, image and likeness. It should level the playing field for recruiting more than ever before. Consider: In 2018, only 11 football teams signed one of the 33 five-star players from the Rivals Top 100. In 2022, 18 teams signed one of just 27 five-star players, including four teams that didn't have a single five star over the four previous years: Mizzou, Iowa, Arizona and Jackson State. Spread out the best players to more programs and you get a better game with more teams having a chance to win at a high level. The transfer portal can work the same way.
They weren't breakout stars. Both had moments but not consistent production. Much more should be expected of them in year two.
Yes, he just hasn't yet. He's got two positions open for the 10 on-field coaching roles.
I probably don't agree with much of anything Mitch Albom says.
Mizzou had zero leverage when looking for a coach in 2017. The program was a mess, zero fan support. If you wanted to hire an established coach like Martin - he had taken multiple teams to the NCAA Tournament and just signed two five stars at Cal - then MU had to offer a very coach-friendly contract that would guarantee patience and protection. I don't recall anyone complaining about the deal five years ago when the terms were published.
I touched on the voting process earlier and how close MU was to cracking the polls.
I don't know if that factored into his decision. Jernigan is a good Power 5 D-tackle. He'll make a good pairing with Darius Robinson. But you need some depth. I wouldn't be surprised to see Mizzou add another tackle via the portal.
I think there needs to be some guardrails and some uniformity with the rules, but I still support players being able to transfer one time without penalty and profit off their name, image and likeness. But don't expect any instant changes. It takes the NCAA years go get anything accomplished.
I think Mizzou's good at receiver for now unless there's a transfer.
I agree with most of your points. That's about as fair and measured of an assessment I've heard on this topic. Ultimately it's the AD's decision to make if that rationale is enough to make a change - provided there's $6 million available.
I can't say that without talking to the two players. I reached out to both to talk about their decision. I'm not just going to speculate on reasons without talking to the people making the decision.
I trust I've spent more time around him than you the last five years. I would not use the word lazy to describe anything about the man.
I see your points. I don't fault Badie for sitting out the game, especially after watching three of his teammates get hurt in the game. I thought the situation could have been explained better from MU's side. I spoke with Badie's father and agent at the time. They made it fairly clear he wanted to play in the game.
I don't know how to process all of that. One was a loss, one was a win. I'm not really into labeling games beyond that.
Maybe. But he's not ready to walk away from coaching right now.
The schools can't directly arrange NIL deals for individual athletes. Some schools have licensing deals that cut all the athletes into the contract, but that hasn't happened at Missouri to my knowledge. Essentially it's up to local businesses to get engaged and offer deals. There's some gray area where the coaches/admin can encourage businesses to get involved, but they can't negotiate the terms.