I will have a story posted soon enough, but John A. Logan College coach Kyle Smithpeters has formally signed a contract to become an assistant coach under Dennis Gates, per a source. That completes the coaching staff: C.Y. Young, Dickey Nutt and Smithpeters. There are other staff positions to fill, some of which have already been filled but not formally announced.
It's a machine. Brian Smith doesn't stop. Just reloads every year. Maybe next year is the championship season.
I'd be happy to do that if someone can make it happen.
I'd pump the brakes a bit before deciding this team will be in the 2023 NCAA tourney. As comprised right now you've got two players who have played multiple seasons for a high-major team: Kobe Brown and Nick Honor. It's another major chemistry experience with at least eight newcomers, maybe more. It's just really hard to have any idea how a roster with so many new pieces will come together - and that's basically the case for every team in the conference.
I put the Moore-Brown tandem in pretty rarefied air when you talk about the first half of that 2008 season before Brown got hurt. Moore was an all-time great at Mizzou. Brown had one of the best half-seasons of any defensive player in team history. Both were elite playmakers. I wouldn't put this current group in that class yet. Manuel is around the ball a lot. He also misses his share of tackles. Same for Carlies. Charleston was impressive in the spring game - but that was a practice game. I do like this group's upside. But that's a high bar when you're comparing the 2008 secondary.
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