Welcome to Game Week No. 1, Mizzou fans. I'll be here for the next couple hours to take your questions. You've already submitted a lot, so be patient and I'll get to as many as possible.
He appears good to go for Saturday. He practiced Tuesday and was not mentioned in Drinkwitz's injury updates this week. He clearly had some kind of scare during the open scrimmage two weeks ago, but Drinkwitz said there MRIs revealed no structural damage to whatever body part they were testing.
I don't know about that. New AD, new plans, possibly.
Rolling wooded hills in the middle of nowhere? I take it you haven't been to Columbia in a long time or maybe ever.
I haven't heard of any changes from last season, when Mizzou was on the west sideline.
It probably depends on how the first month of the season goes. If Mizzou loses to Kentucky and/or Boston College, that's going to impact the size of the crowds for Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas A&M, etc. Some Mizzou fans come just for the homecoming game - that's North Texas this year - so I'd think that game has a chance to hit 60,000 if Mizzou plays well in September. Otherwise, A&M figures to draw the biggest crowd because that's the best opponent Mizzou will face. Tennessee will bring a lot of orange next month, no doubt.
I'll go with the 2024 opener.
Yes, and he knows the No. 1 factor that will make Mizzou a more viable athletics department in this conference is ticket sales. Ticket revenue has been down for several years, since 2016. Mizzou cannot compete financially in this league - which means recruiting expenses, coaching contracts, facilities, etc. - if those numbers don't improve sooner than later. I hear from fans all the time who are worried Drinkwitz will someday leave for a better job. If that happens, it won't just be about taking a higher salary somewhere else. It'll be about the resources and commitment not matching his vision and expectations. If it's just about salary, the AD can always count on a few of the gazillionaire donors to help in that department. But it takes thousands of supporters to improve the program on a larger scale.
There were more fans back then in Mizzou Arena than you see now. The win-first-and-then-the-fans-will-show-up model doesn't work in the SEC. Gary Pinkel made that point all the time. Drinkwitz is making that point now. For a program like Mizzou, a place with far limited resources and fans compared to the megapowers in the SEC, you need more support at the ground floor before the results appear. That's just the reality of competing in the SEC.
That's the plan. Last year, they relied so heavily on Rountree and managing the clock with the running game and a controlled passing game, mostly because of Bazelak's inexperience. He's a year older in the system now, so ideally you can trust him more to spread the ball around, take chances on vertical throws that can lead to more chunk play and, by result, a more efficient offense. You still need an effective run game to make that possible. I think that's as big of a question mark this year than Bazelak's progress. Badie and Young aren't the same kind of back as Rountree. I think you'll see more of an effort to distribute the ball to a wide collection of playmakers in multiple ways that will become extensions of the running game. More jet sweeps to slot receivers. More throws to the running backs. More bubble screens to receivers in space.
I'm Team Logboat all the way. You can get a good beer at the other places, but nothing beats Logboat. They don't have a bad beer. I like their IPAs but they have plenty of other good options.