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.

    Dave - I'm jumping in late so this question may already have been asked. Why did Connor Bazelak decide to transfer right after the bowl game? Do you have any insight? Maybe he had decided before the game once he was not going to be the starter. Thank You
    I don't think he decided 12 hours after the game to transfer. The team landed in Columbia at 3 a.m. after the game. He had a social media post designed and published about six hours later. He didn't respond to interview requests that day, but I'm fairly certain he knew late in the year that he was moving on. He even said in his statement that he was thinking about transferring during the final weeks of the season.
    I haven’t been too bad today, Dave. Just waiting for softball season to start.
    I know the December signing day has changed the game, but are the Tigers looking at signing any more high school players, or will they just play the tranfer market?
    I imagine it'll be much more heavily skewed toward transfers with a few high school targets sprinkled in possibly.
    Dave, would you like me to guest host your chat next week?
  • I hate Drinkwitz, Mizzou, Mizzou fans, and all Mizzou beat writers.
    I don't think that's really you, Connor.
    In response to the other seniors, how many others are projected first 2-day picks with millions on the line if they are injured and can't workout pre-draft?
    Is Badie a projected third or fourth-round pick? I think that's generous. He wasn't selected for the Senior Bowl and he's not playing in the East-West Shrine Bowl either.
    I don't understand the thinking that the transfer portal and NIL are "ruining the game". We're all still going to root for Hometown U., regardless of who the players are. In the best case, they are only here for 4 or 5 years (and if it's 5, we don't know they exist the first year). Why do people care so much if the players move around more from year to year? If anything, it seems to me that NIL is leveling the playing field. More top shelf recruits are going somewhere that they can be a big fish in a small pond, rather than to a top program.
    I agree. I understand fans don't like the chaos, especially fans who invest their emotions into teenagers during the recruiting process and then feel let down when they leave to play somewhere else. But just like the ADs and the coaches, the players are making business decisions. Sometimes they might regret those decisions. Sometimes they might regret not making them sooner. But I really don't think the game is going to suffer with more player movement. Look at the bowl TV ratings. They were extraordinary, despite all the opt-outs. People are still flooding stadiums (for the good teams) during a pandemic. The game is going to be fine.
    Dave - Do you think our new AD will make it a priority to get Mizzou football fans in the stands with better pricing options and buying experience? I understand that we are in the SEC and at the bottom of home attendance. However, the majority of the other conference universities have made it a "life style" and a Saturday game experience - even a basketball school like Kentucky. They truly have a unique football culture that goes beyond the cost of a ticket. Mizzou will not make strides in increasing attendance until they develop value buying plans of purchasing tickets that give fans options. I have been a season ticket holder, our family is alumni and we have supported all the college funds - but there is always a request for paying more and its never easy. For family and friends I have talked to - buying tickets for football games get more expensive that often lead to them not watching games on TV. Also, when we tried buying tickets for the bowl game this year through the ticket office, I was told they we would have to pay first and then they would get back to us on where we would sit once they have all the orders in. The ticket staff taking the calls had no idea when they would get to us. This was not a good experience and we decided not to attend the game - and we live in Dallas. All in all, they really need to think through the "buying tickets experience" - its just not worth the hassle or the price. Blaming fans for not attending games and not supporting the team will only continue to land on closed ears. Thank You and Happy New Year
    I don't think the answer to solving Mizzou's revenue problem is dropping all the prices, even though that's just what the school did under Sterk in several seating sections a few years ago. I haven't done a comparison in a few years but last time I did the research, MU's football ticket prices were far less expensive than most if not all its peers across the SEC. 
    Reed-Francois is very analytical. She's not going to just casually let the team's W-L record dictate attendance. From the first week of the season she analyzed feedback from fans and season-ticket holders on ways her department can improve the game-day experience. She's already made a major change by changing the seating sections for next year. I'd say give her a fair chance. 
    Answering your question.."Of all the terrible things that have happened in college sports the last couple decades - Dave Bliss at Baylor, Jerry Sandusky at Penn State, FBI investigations, Duke lacrosse, academic scandals, etc. - and fans are drawing the line at the transfer wave?"
    Those things made me dislike Bliss at Baylor, Sandusky and Penn State, Kansas and the other cheaters, Duke, the Cheating Tarheels, etc...
    Brian Kelly pulled a jerk move, OK.
    Those are all school specific things. But the change in the transfer rules is a change to the structure of the game that appears to be having consequences to the entire game. I think the way it was implemented just speaks to the NCAA being a clown show. I see it as one more step to the final demise of the amateur model.
    Agree to disagree.
  • What consequences is the portal having on the game other than players are allowed to change teams?
  • How safe is Steve Bieser? Baseball is often forgotten about!
    If the school cares about the sport enough to make a change then I'd think they better start winning soon.
    If a player doesn't play in his teams bowl game why should he be allowed to play in the senior bowl or East west bowl game.
    by Did Wingo say why he wanted to leave? 1/6/2022 9:00:16 PM
    Because those all-star games have nothing to do with their individual teams.
    Question about SEC bowl payouts, the cash is distributed equally to all members , is that correct? and does the playoff and championship game count as a bowl. thanks
    It's not so simple that the revenue is simply split 14 ways.
    From the SEC:
    For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance of less than $1,500,000, the participating institution shall retain $1,050,000, plus a travel allowance as determined by the SEC Executive Committee. The remainder shall be remitted to the Commissioner and shall be divided into 15 equal shares with one share to the Conference and one share to each member institution.
    (b) For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance between $1,500,000 and $3,999,999, the participating institution shall retain $1,325,000, plus a travel allowance as determined by the SEC Executive Committee The remainder shall be remitted to the Commissioner and shall be divided into 15 equal shares, with one share to the Conference and one share to each member institution.
    For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance between $4,000,000 and $5,999,999, the participating institution shall retain $1,525,000, plus a travel allowance as determined by the SEC Executive Committee. The remainder shall be remitted to the Commissioner and shall be divided into 15 equal shares, with one share to the Conference and one share to each member institution.
    For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance of $6,000,000 or more and all College Football Playoff games, the participating institution shall receive $2,050,000 ($2,050,000 if the SEC team is a participant in the College Football Playoff semi-finals game; an additional $2,150,000 if the SEC team is also a participant in the College Football Playoff championship game, which determines the National Champion), plus a travel allowance as determined by the SEC Executive Committee.
    Institutions participating in a College Football Playoff game may also request additional travel expenses, which may be granted to such institution at the Commissioner’s discretion. The remainder shall be remitted to the Commissioner and shall be divided into 15 equal shares, with one share to the Conference and one share to each member institution.
    Most places I have seen have Badie listed as around the 10th best RB prospect and going round 4 or thereabouts.
    Dave, fans are so upset about the transfer portal and the NIL because is it affects all teams and a balance of football - those single incidences, though terrible, but in reality only affected those players and schools but did not affect the overall college experience for the masses. Again I ask are there any any members of the sports media that are balanced on these issues and not just knee-jerk for the players and bash the NCAA and management of the teams I’m really looking for one and I can’t find one
  • You must not have watched College GameDay during the bowl games. Howard and Herbstreit bashed the current generation of players for the current trends. Herbie said today's players "don't love the game" as much as his generation. I thought it was a ridiculous comment and his follow-up apology was even worse.
    I don't have a problem with kids transferring.
  • That is exactly my point. If he is too worried about being hurt to play in his team bowl game then he should not be allowed to play in the senior bowl.
    by Did Wingo say why he wanted to leave? 1/6/2022 9:06:38 PM
    The Senior Bowl is a showcase for NFL scouts, coaches and GMs. It's much more of an NFL audition than a lower-tier bowl game.
    I understand where you're coming from on the portal, but if Luther doesn't get many balls thrown to him or TDs next year, because of the t.p., he'll jump ship, most likely to an elite team like Mama. In that past, that doesn't happen. You stuck with the program. As a fan, part of the love of college football year in and year out is following the team with the same players for multiple years. It means something. It's like going to see an old from that you haven't seen from December though August. You enter the stadium in September, and there they are again. Let's how for a better year this year. Now, moving forward, you might not know what kind of team you'll have year in and year out.
    Well, they sure better throw to him then.
    Happy New Year, Mr. Matter. I thoroughly enjoy your coverage of Mizzou. Each year, it seems, Coach Martin claims that his recruits are good three-point shooters (obviously, he's not going to disparage his recruits publicly). But, evidence continues to suggest that is not the case. Is it a matter of Martin and his staff not being able to recruit SEC-caliber players, not being able to identify SEC-caliber players, not being able to "coach up" players, or a combination of all of those? I admire Coach Martin for his integrity, but the results the last season and a half are sorely lacking. Mizzou doesn't seem to be making the strides that other SEC basketball programs are. Is Martin's program trending in the wrong direction, and what does Mizzou's AD do about it? Thanks for the chat.
    I think it's a blindspot when it comes to his recruiting. And here's why I think that: Martin was a self-made 3-point shooter in college. He never really shot 3s in high school. He got to Purdue and played guard but never shot and when he did he didn't shoot well. But over time he made himself into one of the best 3-point shooters in team history. He believes with practice and hard work and dedication you can become a great shooter. So naturally if he recruits a player who has the tools to shoot but doesn't shoot well, he's optimistic that they can develop that part of their game just like he did. Maybe that's a flaw in his assessment.
    So it is all about the player then. The school affords him to get a college education for free and give him the chance to get recognized and yet he won't play in his teams bowl gam but is allowed to play in senior bowl. Seems awfully one sided to me.
    by Did Wingo say why he wanted to leave? 1/6/2022 9:13:14 PM
  • Yeah, pretty much. Are you new here?
  • Dave, with all of this NIL language, the focus of college football has changed from a team perspective to a "Me" perspective. I believe it will slowly destroy the game. Plus, the focus of college football has changed from the game itself on the field to "how much money can I get and use people I don't even know to get it." Disturbing on many fronts. Plus, you're only going to see 5-10 schools elite in the future. Again, it used to be about "the game." Moving forward, it's going to be about "the money." When I go to Columbia, I want to see the game and competition. The game will slowly or is slowly getting ruined by selfish individuals. Your thoughts?
    Five to 10 schools will be elite? Hey, I'll be happy with six. Five schools have dominated recruiting and on-field results for the last decade. Bama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma and LSU. If the new rule opens the door for more teams to have chances to be elite, that's great for the sport.
    You think money is just now changing college sports? That happened a looooong time ago. 
    We can go all day about the NIL, can we agree that one universal positive that may come out of this is the return of the NCAA football game
    If you like video games, sure.
    OK, friends. We've gone nearly 4.5 hours. That might be a record. Let's do this again next week.
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