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.
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.
I've only heard what's been reported. KU is facing five level 1 violations. Major sanctions typically follow that level of violation.
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.
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?
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.
Kansas baseball and basketball are in slightly different galaxies.
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.
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.
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 didn't see the debate, so I don't know who else was mentioned.
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.
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.