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They can get a waiver for immediate eligibility based on the circumstances for their departure. I suppose your coach getting fired for recruiting violations would qualify in this case. Pinson is one of seven LSU players currently in the portal.
The Browns and Keita haven't entered the portal, so until they do, it's not really worth speculating if they won't be back. As of this moment, there are six returning players on the roster who haven't entered the portal: Kaleb Brown, Keita, DeGray, Davis, Coleman and Kobe Brown. Christian Jones hasn't indicated that he's not still coming to Missouri. Then you have the two new commitments, Diarra and Gholston. So, if barring any more players entering the portal - and that could change at any moment - and assuming the other five uncommitted players in the portal (Durugordon, Brookshire, Gordon, Wilmore, Pickett) don't return, then Gates has four more scholarships to use for the 2022-23 roster.
What has changed since the Gates hire? They landed two commitments, a few more players entered the portal. This was always going to be a rebuild. When you make a coaching change, you risk losing a bunch of players. Even if you don't make a coaching change, you risk losing players because it's never been easier to transfer and play in someone else's greener grass. Don't forget, Cuonzo Martin, the guy everyone wanted gone, inherited the scraps of an 8-win team, added a transfer (Robertson) and two freshman bigs (Tilmon, Jontay Porter) and built a 20-win team that finished fifth in the SEC. Quick rebuilds are possible.
No word yet on schedule additions. Most noncon games are finalized in the summer. I can't imagine he'll want to schedule too many difficult games considering he's got a Final Four team coming to Mizzou and plays the defending Big Ten champions in St. Louis. Off the top of my head, I'm not sure if Mizzou is committed to a multi-team event for next season, but there's still time to find a tourney.
He's only visited one other school (Oregon State) and could still visit another (West Virginia). So, until he picks a school or officially eliminates Missouri, I'd say it's a realistic possibility he ends up at Missouri.
I did write his book with him, so, yes, we've had many conversations since he retired. We keep in touch.
We all do realize that Gates is going to remake this roster, right? There are a ton of players in the portal and Gates has been connected to nearly 20 that we know of, including all the best point guards. If fans were hoping to see last season's roster back on the floor next season, then why did everyone want a coaching change?
No. There are a few uncommitted QBs in the portal but none with better credentials.
The products and content those stores and TV stations are offering only reflect what their local market demands. The state lines are fairly irrelevant in that part of the state. Mizozu is the only Power 5 football program in the state and the only high-major (Power 6) basketball school in the state but MU doesn't have the luxury of statewide support like you find in other SEC states, like Arkansas enjoys in its state.
I'll go with Duke over Kansas. KU got a lucky break with the Villanova injury. Duke is the most talented team in the field and has been playing with an edge lately.
I like the immediate eligibility rule. As long as regular students and coaches can hop from school to school every year, no reason the athletes should be handcuffed to one school just because it causes headaches for the millionaire coaches. Now, that doesn't mean there can't be some guardrails installed into the process. Maybe a stricter calendar in terms of when players can leave one school for another. Maybe for second-time transfers there should be a higher standard for immediate eligibility at school No. 3.