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.

    Greetings, chatters. Happy MLB Opening Day. Happy Masters Week. Most important for our purposes, Happy Mizzou Chat Day. I'll be here for the next couple hours. Let's get it started.
    Getting shaw is huge I hope this move will keep kobe at mizzou. If we could get Sean east or a another good point , and a good shooter we might be a top 7 team in the SEC.
    It's a really good league. The top programs recruit at a national level and bring in the best transfers. For Missouri to go from 12th to the top half of the league, you better hope some of the other first-year coaches struggle early. Because the best programs in the SEC aren't going anywhere: Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama.
    Dave, are there tight ends in the portal that Mizzou has interest in/contact with ? Also is there anything new related to JT Daniels ?
    Daniels has an upcoming visit to West Virginia, ESPN reported last week. There have been no reports of any other visits, so unless he's quietly considering a team that he's not going to visit, it would appear the choices are Oregon State, Missouri and West Virginia. Daniels plans to graduate from Georgia in May, so the earliest he could arrive on another campus is late May/early June.
    The top tight ends in the portal as of today: Miami's Larry Hodges, who caught all of three passes at Miami for 1 yard but oddly enough two touchdowns. (He had a catch for minus-2 yards.) ... Texas A&M's Taylor Cupp, a former five-star recruit who's had multiple injuries. I haven't seen any tight ends linked to Missouri, so for now, it's quiet on the tight end transfer front.
    Good morning Dave,
    I want to be the first MIZZOU fan to congratulate the University of Kansas team and Coach Self on winning the NCAA men's basketball title. But, but don't get too comfortable KU with the title designation just yet. Heard-on-the-street out of Kansas City and the Star Times is those NCAA investigators are close to making the infractions public including a multi-year probation and scholarship reductions. Us MU fans will be singing the Beatles 'Maxwell Silver Hammer' when the NCAA committee finally comes down heavy on KU's head!
    What have you heard? Talk to me.
    I've only heard what's been reported. KU is facing five level 1 violations. Major sanctions typically follow that level of violation.
    How many scholarships does Gates have available? The front court doesn’t look bad on paper, but seems like we need to add at least one Point Guard, someone who can hit 3’s, and some depth down low.
  • It's a fluid situation, so there's really no clear-cut number. Aidan Shaw's recommitment solves one mystery, but it's still uncertain what happens with Javon Pickett - though it's mildly interesting that Mizzou has removed Brookshire, Wilmore and Gordon from the online roster, but not Pickett. 
    If you take Pickett out of the mix, Mizzou currently has six returning players: Kaleb & Kobe Brown, DeGray, Coleman, Davis, Keita. If all six return, then you've got at least three more additions in Shaw, Mo Diarra and DeAndre Gholston. That puts you at nine scholarships. Christian Jones signed in November but he hasn't said anything publicly about his status since Martin was fired. If he's on board, that gives you a minimum of 10 players - with room to add three more. 
    A couple questions please... Do you know what Cuonzo is up to these days, and what's your take on the softball team so far?
    Cuonzo has been vacationing with his wife at a very warm location. I don't know if he has any plans yet, but I expect him to move out of Columbia soon.
    The softball team got a much-needed series sweep last weekend against South Carolina. The Tigers are second-to-last in the SEC in batting average. They hit a lot of home runs but they strike out a lot and don't get on base nearly as much as the SEC's elite teams. They've had a few veterans who aren't hitting as well as they did last year, which isn't uncommon. Sometimes we always expect a team that returns a bunch of starters to automatically be as good if not better, but players don't always have better years just because they're a year older. The pitching hasn't been very consistent. Opponents are hitting .249 against MU pitching, second-highest in the league.
    This week there was a post on PowerMizzou about Cuonzo’s house hitting the market. Someone posted the following, in response to a comment about Mizzou fans’ obsession with him:

    “ A potent mixture of bitterness, resentment, jealousy and a little hint of something else.”

    You liked the post. We all know what the poster was suggesting. Can you elaborate on how racism undermined Cuonzo at Mizzou?
    That's not for me to say. But over the years I've heard and read a lot coded language about Cuonzo that isn't used to describe other coaches.
    How significant is the new attitude of the MU administration to the upward movement of all of the sports at the university.
    I'm not sure I understand the question. Are we saying that the new administration wants to see the teams do better than the previous administration?
    In what round is Tyler Badie projected to be drafted? Any other Tigers who will be drafted in upcoming NFL draft?
  • Middle to late rounds. It's not a great draft for running backs, which means teams that have a real need at the position can wait, which means guys like Badie might not come off the board until later than usual. His team feels good about the middle rounds. He fits the modern game well and can bring a lot of value to a team that needs a dynamic No. 2 back. 
    Otherwise, I think Akayleb Evans will get drafted. I'd be surprised if Mizzou has another draft pick. There should be a handful of free-agent signings. If these guys don't get drafted, they'll likely find a home for camp: Mike Maietti, Case Cook, Keke Chism, Allie Green, maybe Kobie Whiteside, Akial Byers and a few others.
  • This morning I saw that Missouri did indeed contact Courtney Ramey. Seems like a great fit for Mizzou, but would Ramey be interested? Looks like he has some other big time offers.
    I don't get the impression he'd be highly interested, especially if he wants to go a team where he can win at a higher level than what he's experienced at Texas. He doesn't have eye-popping stats, but he's an elite perimeter defender, good team guy, knows his role, can play off the ball and occasionally handle it. He's a 37% career 3-point shooter and shot over 41% as a junior. He could help any team needing guard depth.
    Congratulations to the baseball Tigers on beating Kansas in the border war last night. I guess it’s too much to ask for a similar result next December when defending national basketball championKU comes to COMO. I just hope they lose by less than 37.
    Kansas baseball and basketball are in slightly different galaxies.
    I'm hearing that a former Mizzou basketball star Laurence Bowers is leading the NIL Charge to attempt to keep Missouri's top high school athletes at the home school? Sounds like a great idea...can you elaborate on this and tell us how Mizzou fans can help on a grass roots basis?
    That's not exactly his role. He's working with a local NIL collective to help raise money to structure endorsement deals for recruits and current athletes. They're not ready to publicly promote their efforts because they're still building a foundation.
    Regarding the softball team. They are not hitting as well as last year, but I believe it is more about teams scouting our veterans better this season and less about us changing hitting coaches. Tennessee has found success due more to outstanding pitching than better hitting. The numbers do confirm that. I really believe the team will show greater success as the weather warms up.
    Will Wade was recently fired from LSU. Sean Miller was fired from Arizona last season. Both were part of the 2017 sports corruption scandal. I remember Bill Self also being part of that scandal, yet there he was Monday night guiding the Jayhawks to another NCAA title. I am scratching my head to figure out why he’s still coaching Kansas. Kansas of course denies any wrongdoing but how did they got out of penalties when LSU and Arizona did the right thing by firing their coaches.
  • Kansas didn't "get out of penalties." The NCAA hasn't imposed sanctions on any of those programs yet. Not Arizona, LSU or Kansas. They've just released the notice of allegations. For Arizona and LSU, that was enough to fire their coaches for cause - freeing them of having to pay their buyouts. But what Kansas has done is extraordinary: The school denies any wrongdoing, which is probably the smart move these days, but then had the audacity to file a lawsuit against the Adidas bag man, Jim Gatto, for defrauding the KU athletes. Gatto, by the way, is currently sitting in a jail cell, along with Adidas rep Merl Code, while Bill Self is cutting down nets. No less remarkable, you didn't hear a word about any of this during the championship game broadcast on Monday.
  • Is there any idea where Sam Horn is projected in the MLB Draft? Is there really a chance he decides to go pro in baseball or should we expect to see him on campus this summer?
    The football staff fully expects him to be on campus in June. I don't think the MLB draft is a concern. He's a good baseball player, good enough to play in college. I haven't seen anything lately to suggest he'll be drafted high enough to skip college.
    I'm sure you saw the Mizzou PG debate the other day on twitter. Would you agree that Brian Grawer should have been on that list?
    I didn't see the debate, so I don't know who else was mentioned.
    On a scale of 1-10, if you can, where does Mizzou rank as far as employing NIL for recruits in the two money making sports? Does Bowers coordinating an effort look like it's going to pay off big?
    I don't know nearly enough about what the other schools are doing and how well mobilized they are when it comes to NIL collectives. The folks running the Mizzou collective are putting in work to be more competitive but aren't ready to disclose where things stand.
    I’m turning 40 this year. Mizzou hasn’t won a team national championship in my entire life. Across P5 schools, there can’t be many schools with that sort of extended drought. Seeing kansas win and Arkansas loading up, it seems I just picked an exceptionally mediocre school to support. Even If I live another 40 years, I don’t see much reason to believe a team title will come in any sport.
    Believe it or not there are Power 5 schools with fewer national titles than Mizzou's two (1954 baseball; 1965 men's indoor track).
    Virginia Tech and Kansas State have never won a national title recognized by the NCAA. With just one NCAA-recognized national title: Ole Miss (women's golf), Mississippi State (baseball). With just two: Washington State (men's track, boxing), Texas Tech (women's basketball, men's track), Georgia Tech (football, women's tennis).
    what's the last day a bb player can enter the portal? Have you heard anything from the Brown bros regarding their plans to stay, or not? When do you think our new coach will announce his assistants?
  • Athletes in fall sports (football) and winter sports (basketball) must notify their schools of their plans to transfer by May 1. For spring sport athletes, that deadline is July 1.
    No news from Kobe and Kaleb Brown.
    I was told today MU could have assistants named by today or tomorrow. Perhaps not the entire staff but some moves could be official. Cleveland State has hired Gates' replacement - Iowa State assistant Daniyal Robinson - so that frees up Gates' assistants who were candidates for the CSU job.
    Seems like the floor of “at least as good”recruiting as CM for coach Gates is being established… so I am settling in and being patient to see where this goes.How much better recruiting/talent should we expect?
    Also - the offense should be more dynamic right? And more of a pressing d?
    I know that’s a mix of comments and questions. Thanks Dave.
    I'm with you in that I think it's way too early to celebrate Gates' recruiting efforts so far. He's landed three players, one of whom he only landed because Shaw asked for his release after the school fired Martin. Mo Diarra could be an impact big man. Very good pick-up and addresses an immediate need. DeAndre Gholston is a solid Horizon League player, but he wasn't third-team all-conference. 
    Gates has been busy reaching out to lots of transfers. He got Sean East, the nation's top junior college player at a priority position, on campus right away. Two more guards are visiting this weekend, per multiple reports: The Citadel's Jason Roche and Bellarmine's Dylan Penn, plus Northern Iowa forward/wing Noah Carter.
    Connor Turnbull, a first-team All-Metro center from Fort Zumwalt North, just decommited from Butler and has been talking to Gates. Turnbull told me this morning that he's trying to set up a visit to Columbia for this weekend. The 6-10 Turnbull ranked second in the St. Louis area in scoring (23.5 points) this past season and was the No. 1 rebounder (12.67) and shot blocker (4.63). 
    How can Mizzou compete against the likes of an Arkansas supporter like JB Hunt when it comes to NIL money? Won’t those with the means continue to separate themselves from those without equal funding?
    It's a damn competitive market, especially when you're competing against schools in states where they're the No. 1 statewide attraction. That's the great thing about NIL. The anti-NIL crowd was worried that only the superpower programs (Alabama, Georgia football; Kentucky basketball) would benefit from the movement, but I made the point all along that there are rich boosters at every program, some more than others. That's how a place like Arkansas can move up in class in terms of attracting talent when you combine resources with a good, aggressive coach.
    Dave, I got an email today from the athletic department promoting a series of events where Missouri officials are getting out and meeting fans. Sounds like a good idea. But the Kansas City area event is in -- you guessed it -- Kansas, in Overland Park. I realize this is not a huge deal but it is one of those tone deaf things that a rabid Missouri fan would look at and say, "Why do I even bother?" There wasn't a facility available on the Missouri side? Isn't this just an example of how the athletic department is often its own worst enemy?
Powered by Platform for Live Reporting, Events, and Social Engagement