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.

    Howdy, friends. Welcome to another chat. Got a lot of writing to do today, so we won't have another four-hour marathon chat. I'm hoping we can keep the questions and comments civil today. Given the state of things at Mizzou, I understand frustrations. There's no defense of that game last night. Just terrible. But we can be critical without launching personal attacks. I don't have the tolerance for it today - or the time. Let's do this.
    Any info on the specifics of Hea's medical retirement?
    Haven't heard anything about his injury.
    Niko Hea sat out the second half of the Arkansas game and didn't play in the bowl game. The coaching staff doesn't specify injuries very often. When I asked the team on Monday about his status in 2022, all I was told was "medically retiring." There were some rumblings that he was going to enter the transfer portal, but MU's update indicates that's not in his plans. I've reached out to Hea and hope to hear back.
    Hi Dave - I’m not sure we share the same opinion on the near and long term impact of the Transfer Portal - but one thought came to mind…. How long will it take before Coaches (whose careers are on the line) begin to more aggressively push below average performers out of their scholarships? It seems to me that will be (in the near future) a much more common occurrence. As I understand the rules on scholarships (please correct me if I’m wrong) they are not “guaranteed” year to year. Coaches are more subtle about pushing players out - but I think they will become less and less subtle. (Especially with the bottom 30-40% of the roster.) Your thoughts please. PS We do agree that athletes should “not” be bound to their schools/programs when their coach moves on to another opportunity. Thanks!
    I'd say it's already happening. Maybe not always with a blunt message that the player is losing his scholarship, but players are usually understand their situation. They see how depth charts develop and how their coaches are recruiting. They know when the coaches have moved on. 
    It's a shame that some coaches are less invested in developing players over time and instead look for the quick fixes, but that's one unfortunate effect of the immense pressure coaches are under to win right away. And that pressure is an effect of the enormous salaries schools are paying these coaches. The tradeoff for making so much money is you don't have a long runway to work through your roster issues ... and without a long runway, you have less patience to develop your players who aren't readymade Power 5 contributors. 
    In today's climate, Gary Pinkel probably doesn't survive 2004 and three losing records in his first four seasons.
    Dave, take a bow for correctly predicting the Georgia win over Alabama.
    Question: The Tight End position has thinned out, and is inexperienced. Bama TE Billingsly has entered the portal. So, I am right in assuming the Tiger staff has made contact?
    I can't verify if that's accurate. The staff doesn't send me a daily list of everyone they've contacted - but they need tight ends. Multiple tight ends. The West Virginia tight end, TJ Banks, prematurely announced a commitment to Mizzou before he had a legitimate offer. He ended up at Akron. The staff heavily targeted Cal tight end Jake Tonges when he entered the portal but he ended up entering the NFL draft.
    I really have no answer for last night. It is obvious a change has to be made. Not sure we're 6 million comes from but this is bad. Probably will have to get a young and up coming coach. Release the majority of these players I would hope Brazile would want to stay. Brown deserves to go to a great program and he probably will. I say a new coach rebuild the program slowly with his players. Develop a program identity and have patience. I see no identity with this program. They do nothing well. Just my thoughts
  • If the roster is gutted this offseason, will fans have patience for a multi-year rebuild? Mizzou could hire a slick recruiter who finds instant impact transfers, but fans didn't seem to like the Frank Haith model. A program builder who invests in high school recruits will need time.
  • I am very worried about QB if Macon leaves after spring ball and horn goes to baseball we are in deep trouble. I know drink knows what he is doing but I am worried that he will follow Martin and not get player he needs to back up Qb position. I mean Martin really missed with the portal.
  • I'm not sure the MLB draft situation is worth losing any sleep yet. We don't even know when MLB will hold its draft. If it's late summer, Horn will already be on campus working with the offense. He clearly wants to explore his draft stock, but if he's not losing sleep over it, not sure why fans should. It's not like he's widely considered a can't-miss right-out-of-high-school baseball prospect. 
    Like I said in the chat last week, Mizzou is not against adding a transfer QB. It just has to be a difference-maker. In recruiting parlance, they would want a dude, not just a guy.
  • After watching the Arkie beat down, I was wondering why Martin doesn't just give more minutes to the freshmen like Brookshire, Kaleb, Keita, and Durugordon. Brazile of course, is already a starter. These transfers that Martin recruited just are not working out. Boogie Coleman is a turnover machine and Davis disappears in many games. The Arkansas game was over in the first 10 minutes so at that point, Martin should have given those freshman more minutes in the Arkansas game so they can gain more experience. The freshmen are the future. Coleman and Wilmore are candidates for the transfer portal after the season.
    I wouldn't expect Coleman, Davis, Gordon or DeGray to transfer only because they've already transferred once and you have to sit out a full season if you transfer twice.
    Rough game for Coleman, even though he scored a few buckets. He made some important plays in the Alabama game, but he struggled against Notae last night. But so did Kaleb Brown and Brookshire. I'm not sure there was any right answer to fix the issues last night once the score got out of control. They're not going to just turn the team over to the five freshmen.
  • good morning dave , hope all is well. its time to pay Martins buyout now, this has to be one of the worst teams in mizzou history , poor recruiting bad coaching . im tired of the weak excuses he dishes out after blow out losses, the only people that will show up soon are the janitors who work there. lets see if the new AD has any guts i dont think so shes buddy buddy with Martin
    This is a business. If Reed-Francois believes the program needs a new head coach, personal feelings won't get in the way. I don't think fans would be making that comment if the AD were a man. She didn't get this far in her career without firing people that she also respects and likes personally. 
  • Good morning Dave,
    I've been pulling for HC CM since his hiring, but I have to wonder how many games like the Arkansas result can the Mizzou AD take before she makes a move.
    I was at a function during the game and when I pulled it up on my phone it was 24-3. I had to double check that I didn't accidentally bring up an old football game. It took 4 days to forget the Alabama success ever happened.

    Then in after game comments CM said he didn't know why PG Coleman was walking the ball up the floor (or something like that). It's been a day or two since I played, but the coaches are on the sideline and allowed to tell players what to do during the game. Some of his comments I find baffling.
  • Martin was talking about the first couple possessions, after which he took Coleman out of the game and replaced him with Kaleb Brown. So, he did address the situation. Give him credit for being honest after the game saying he didn't understand why Coleman was walking the ball up the floor when that wasn't the game plan. Mizzou wanted to push the tempo. Javon Pickett said the same thing and that MU got away from the plan.
  • How does the basketball team transform for next season? This team lacks ball handling, shooting, and a true big. If this is the same roster next year the attendance will be at an all time low.
    They need perimeter scoring and a true point guard. Maybe Brookshire can develop into that guy. Maybe Christian Jones comes in and helps right away at the point. Or maybe they go out and find a competent transfer. It's impossible to predict at this point with 15 games left and no idea how they'll handle the coaching situation. It's fair to wonder but too early to predict.
    understanding the financial concerns in making a change, the total lack of talent on the mens BB team raises serious questions on CM ability moving forward .AD has a very tough decision ahead.
    Mizzou was hurting at Tight End without Hea, hearing any interest from Tight Ends in the Portal?
    Tonges was the guy Mizzou targeted. Tight ends from Alabama and Florida have since entered the portal. It would be in Mizzou's best interest to consider any and every option, especially now that Drinkwitz actually has a tight ends coach. Hard to recruit a position that doesn't have a position coach. That changed when he made Erik Link the tight ends coach.
    So......I guess the new AD will just ride out Martin's contract for this year and next, as Mizzou won't pay him millions to leave and they are also friends as she hired him at Tennessee. What a trainwreck!

    Kim Anderson era doesn't look so bad now. He never lost this many games by 20+ points in a season and the season is only half over.
    Kim Anderson had two 13-game losing streaks and a nine-game losing streak, all in separate seasons. His second year he had losses by 24, 33, 34 and 36 points. Whether or not this year is worse or will be worse, it doesn't make Anderson's years any better. This is bad. All of Anderson's years were bad. Could this get worse? Sure. Could Mizzou still have some decent wins like the Alabama game five days ago? Sure. But, again, there's no way to defend last night. It also doesn't mean they'll lose the rest of their games. 
    Any thoughts on why Martin did not call any time out early in game to try to settle team down & slow Arkansas momentum? Cannot recall time I watched a coach let a team take early beating like that without calling time.
    He did. He called a timeout 96 seconds into the game after Arkansas' third possession. He called another one with seven minutes left. 
  • If you were GM, what players would you look at for the left handed bat of the bench and play the infield?
    How can CM keep his job? With the exception that he runs a clean program and his players don't get in trouble, hard to think of much positive beyond that.
    I understand he is a good mentor, but how about winning some basketball games also?!
    I get the frustration. I also remember covering the NCAA Tournament game last year and a win over the No. 15 team in the country five days ago. So, again, it's completely fair to criticize the things that go poorly. Just be reasonable and accurate.
    What position do you think that Drink will fill his coaching staff out with?
    Not sure. He already has a run game coordinator, so maybe hire a QB coach and call him the passing game coordinator, which is essentially a made-up title to justify salary.  Some spread teams have both inside and outside receiver coaches. I doubt Drinkwitz does that because his wideouts play both spots. I think it makes sense to hire a QB coach who doesn't call plays but spends more time with that position group.
    Michigan State announced today they've signed an exclusive sponsorship agreement with Caesars. On the topic, has Mizzou athletics or the university expressed their stance on sports gambling in the state? It seems to be a potential huge revenue stream for the athletic department and we know the pull the University could potentially have with state lawmakers in Jeff City
    To my knowledge, nobody from Mizzou has stated anything on the record about the multiple pieces of gambling legislation in Jeff City. I think it would be a worthy venture for the state and the university.
    Drink better get the QB situation right or this could be a real mess.
    It almost feels like he wants or expects Horn to be the starter by mid season.
    I believe that because if Cook was his guy why didn't he play more during Bazelak's injury/struggles?
  • Agreed. He can't screw this up. It could define the program's direction. It doesn't matter how many Luther Burdens you sign if you don't have an SEC-caliber quarterback.
    Any news to the rumors of Tyler Macon possibly entering the Portal?
    No. I think people read way too much into teenagers on social media.
    I know this basketball team has really struggled. What are the thoughts of giving him 1 more year with a lot returning next year and if it doesn't work, then move on. That would give Kim English 1 more year with George Mason to see if he is a viable option.
    Let's see how this season finishes out. If last night becomes the norm, then it's a tough sell to keep the band together. 
    As for English, I like Kim a lot. I think he could develop into a great coach. He's not there yet. George Mason is 7-6. If that's a .500 team by season's end and Mizzou wants to hire him it's solely because he's a Mizzou grad and made fans feel good about the program a decade ago - not because he's proven to be a high-major head coach. And if anyone's asking me, I think Mizzou should take a break from hiring alums just because they're alums. If there's serious competition from other high-major programs for an alum, that's one thing. But there wasn't the last time Mizzou hired alums as head coaches. 
    Did Bazelak notify Drink before the Bowl game that he was entering the portal?
    Find it odd that Cook played sparely during the season despite Bazelak's struggles, but started the bowl game.
    Do you think Bazelak's transfer bites MU eventually?
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