Join Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter for his live chat at 1 p.m. Thursday

Join Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter for his live chat at 1 p.m. Thursday

Bring your Tigers football, basketball and recruiting questions, and talk to Dave Matter in a live chat at 1 p.m. Thursday.

    Should we read anything into the fact that the program and Eli were not able to land Gerry Bohannon? Honestly this guy had a chance to compete in the SEC and you would think any kind of decent SEC success might translate to at least some NFL draft status. It makes you wonder how we missed? I know Tampa is nicer than Columbia but you would think getting to the NFL would've been his priority one. Just curious your thoughts Dave……
    All I would read into it is Bohannon decided USF was a better fit for him for one season. Here's what he said about the decision in comments to ESPN's Pete Thamel: "I picked USF because I believe in that staff, I believe in the culture, I believe in the change that's coming. I believe in the players, I believe in Tampa. That staff is the staff you want to play for, they're going to give (you) everything they have on and off the field."
    He clearly liked what he saw at USF better than what he saw in Columbia. And from what I've gathered, USF is in no position to throw around NIL money. This was more about fit. 
    And like I pointed out last week, USF plays a pretty darn good schedule this year, maybe just a hair less competitive than Mizzou when you talk about preparing for the NFL draft. USF plays Florida, Cincinnati, BYU, Louisville, Houston, SMU and UCF. Actually, from top to bottom you can make a case that's pretty comparable to the seven best teams Mizzou will face this year: Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, K-State and Auburn. If so then playing one year in the SEC shouldn't be all that big of a factor. Also, consider this: The first six QBs taken in this year's draft played in the ACC (Pitt), an independent (Liberty), SEC (Ole Miss), Conference USA (Western Kentucky), ACC (UNC) and the Missouri Valley (South Dakota State). You can impress the NFL without playing in the SEC.
    Greetings from the Peach State. It is fairly well known down here that Horn is going the MLB route. Tough break for the Drinkster, but let’s face it, Mizzou has no business being in this league. The SEC made a big mistake.
    Thanks for visiting. We'll see if your'e right. Who knows. Should be interesting.
    Dave,what has happened over in Fayetteville? IS something in the water? Seems like every men's and women's team is absolutely killing it all of a sudden. Can Mizzou order off that same menu?
    They've got a really good AD who has hired some good coaches and they have a tremendous, supportive fan base. There's no magic here. That's what it takes to win big at this level.
    Does the AD make a move on Bieser?
    I don't think so. This team is much improved from last year, especially offensively, in an unforgiving conference where most schools care a heck of a lot more about college baseball, all while coping with a tragedy on its coaching staff weeks before the season began.
    Based on your coverage of the action how do you see the QB situation playing out based on all relevant information that you currently have of the situation barring any unforeseen issues or circumstances.
    I'd expect Abraham to make a really strong push for the starting job, and if it's a close call, his experience could tip the scales in his direction. Remember, when the competition was close going into the 2020 opener, Drinkwitz favored Shawn Robinson's game experience over Connor Bazelak. Throughout last season, even when Bazelak was hurt, he favored Bazelak and his experience over the two younger options. With two September games on the road in Power 5 stadiums, there's concern about taking an untested QB into those environments. 
    Now, if Cook (or Macon or Horn) clearly outplays Abraham in the summer and preseason camp, then it's a harder decision to make. But don't read into Abraham's status as a walk-on as an indicator they don't think he can win the job. His family was told MU had one open scholarship but the defense needed it to fill a hole. That presumably went to Baylor defensive tackle Josh Landry. Abraham made it clear he wasn't after a scholarship. He's only going to be on campus through December. Maryland offered him a scholarship and he turned it down because he didn't believe he'd have a chance to beat out Taulia Tagovailoa. He came away with his talks at Mizzou that he had a genuine opportunity to win the job.
    Speaking of Landry. Based on his stats he doesn't appear to provide much other than depth. Could he just not crack the lineup at baylor?
    He had some decent moments in 2020. Played 232 snaps, had 10 pressures as an interior lineman. Last season, Kobie Whiteside has 12 pressures in 449 snaps and Darius Robinson had six pressures on 294 snaps. So, Landry hasn't exactly been Ndamukong Suh at Baylor, he has shown glimpses of being a productive tackle. 
    MU has some young, promising D-tackles but if you're setting the two-deep right now, you've got Robinson and Jayden Jernigan as likely starters and Realus George as a backup. Then who? There's nobody else with game experience. Ky Montgomery, Ian Matthews and Jon Jones could develop into regulars, but they haven't played a down of college football. So, makes sense to add a veteran to the group.
    He had some decent moments in 2020. Played 232 snaps, had 10 pressures as an interior lineman. Last season, Kobie Whiteside has 12 pressures in 449 snaps and Darius Robinson had six pressures on 294 snaps. So, Landry hasn't exactly been Ndamukong Suh at Baylor, he has shown glimpses of being a productive tackle. 
    MU has some young, promising D-tackles but if you're setting the two-deep right now, you've got Robinson and Jayden Jernigan as likely starters and Realus George as a backup. Then who? There's nobody else with game experience. Ky Montgomery, Ian Matthews and Jon Jones could develop into regulars, but they haven't played a down of college football. So, makes sense to add a veteran to the group.
    Dave, this weeks NCAA decision about allowing conferences to pick the two best teams across the conference instead of the divisional winners sort of leads me to believe that the SEC will use the four pod system when UT and OU join. Please give us your thoughts on Mizzou in the pod and what are the other three schools to fill-in Mizzou's pod. No matter who goes where, there will be whining from the fans of all schools.
    First the SEC has to decide if it wants to play eight or nine games then has to decide if it wants to get rid of divisions. Will they go to a pod system/three permanent opponents? That structure appears to be gaining steam, but good luck getting 16 schools to agree on their permanent opponents. Someone's going to lose a rivalry game - though under a pod system you'll see your non-rivals more often than you do now. 
    The SEC could put Mizzou in a pod exclusively with old Big 12 chums Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. I think there's more value to keeping Mizzou tethered to Arkansas. 
    What about Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Texas A&M. Or, if they can't get the Horns and Aggies to play nice in the same pod, maybe Missouri, Arkansas, OU and Texas?
    Or go more by the map:
    South: Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia
    Central: Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State
    North: Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Vanderbilt
    West: LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M
    Will the Blues win tonight?
    Think it was an oversight not hiring steeples as an assistant coach? Seems to have paid early dividends for LSU.
    Missouri didn't have a DBs opening this time around and last year hired the Tulsa DBs coach so he could bring along the two cornerbacks. And who's to say Steeples wanted to coach at Missouri? Remember, he chose to leave Mizzou to play for Odom at Arkansas. Even had Drinkwitz hired Steeples last year Brian Kelly still could have hired him at LSU. Steeples got a three-year contract at LSU for $1.5 million. That's more than what Mizzou generally pays non-coordinators, especially young assistants like Steeples.
    OK, folks. I've got some writing to do. We'll do this again next week. Thanks for stopping by.
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