Taylor is 64, one year younger than Sterk. I'm not sure that's the profile of the bold, dynamic big-swing hire Mizzou wants to make. Age won't necessarily dictate this hire, but I'm not sure why you'd nudge Jim Sterk out the door to hire someone who will be 70 by the end of his contract.
I'm not sure the Big Ten would be terribly interested. You have to bring something to the football table and/or the viewers who will make it worthwhile. Maybe the ACC, but KU football is such a drag on its overall profile. But in the end I'm sure someone will value the hoops program.
I can't recall exactly how it went down last year. Usually the staff comes up with a group of candidates and then lets the players vote for the finalists. I think last year's team had three captains. I'll go with Cook, Whitesides and Chism.
It's across the board atrocious? I think that's a blanket statement that isn't entirely accurate.
Mookie is a slot guy, but I think you might see him line up all over the place.
I'd guess that McGuire stays on the edge in the company of Jeffcoat and Turner and some of the newcomers who can play. McGuire can probably shift inside on passing downs.
I think it's more a matter of those conversations are now visible on social media than anything else. Odom had a good rapport with Martin and was especially close to Pingeton. Pinkel had a lot of respect for Mike Anderson even though they weren't in the same social circles away from work. Sterk wasn't the kind of AD who was chummy with his coaches but I think he encouraged a climate where everyone got along and realized that the rising tide lifts all boats.
It should be an interesting camp battle. I don't know how to handicap the competition, but Macon will have to earn it. Cook isn't going to hand him the reps.
Wrong chat, Bryan. I've got enough on my black and gold plate right now ...
I don't get consumed with Mizzou coverage outside of my own, but if you're asking for my take, I believe the Martin hire should be filed away as one of Sterk's plusses during his five years. The program needed to be raised from the ashes and Martin brought both an instant surge and, over time, the stability it needed. Now, has MU had the high-end success that everyone would like? No, not at all. But is that program in better shape now than the day Sterk took office? Absolutely. And anyone who says otherwise is either too biased or ill-informed to admit the truth.
No clue. I saw a report from an Oklahoma TV reporter who was told Missouri will be in a four-team pod with Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. I don't know if that's at all accurate or if anything close to that has been decided yet. And either way, it's way too early to know who would be Mizzou's non-division games - if in fact MU and Florida are no longer in the same division. We can guess and speculate for fun, but there's no hard news on that topic yet.