NIL is changing college sports. They want a leader who will capitalize on the opportunity rather than see it as a hindrance or a risk. The department needs bold ideas in terms of marketing, ticket sales, etc. The place needs some juice, some serious energy. Drinkwitz can only play the role of carnival barker so many months during the year.
I haven't seen enough of live drills to give a comprehensive answer. I think the added bulk is to help him absorb contact more than anything.
Of last year's freshmen, I'd say Ja'Mori Maclin showed me some speed and moves today I didn't get to see much of last year. (He doesn't go by Jay any more officially.) JC Carlies in the secondary looks smooth.
I haven't gotten a chance to see Cooper in too many live tackling situations. Badie is certainly bigger. Not taller but heavier and stronger.
They'll both earn a paycheck from someone. Either in the G League or overseas. Summer League playing time can be sporadic because teams are looking at different players on different nights and usually don't have consistent rotations.
Mizzou has commitments from St. Charles HS D-tackle Marquis Gracial, Parkway West receiver Ja'Marion Wayne and SLUH safety Isaac Thompson. I don't know the order of the Super 30, but it's safe to say all three will be in the top 15.
Maybe that's true, but you can't just assume those tickets purchased for UNLV were related to the Raiders moving there. If anything, I'd think it'd be harder to sell UNLV tickets right now when you're adding both an NFL and NHL team to the market. There's only so much money to go around for tickets when you suddenly have more teams in your city. That's the reason I hear Mizzou fans often give for sagging ticket sales in Columbia. There's too much competition between the Cardinals, Blues, Chiefs, Royals, etc.
Wren Baker was absolutely in the mix. He talked to Missouri early in the process and midway through the process. He wasn't one of the two candidates Mizzou interviewed in St. Louis on Sunday. I'm told from people directly involved in the process that he had influential people in his corner. But obviously the process went another direction. Baker is well paid at North Texas and I believe is due for a raise and extension. I believe it would have taken more money for him to leave Denton than what Mizzou is paying Reed-Francois.
Well, since he merged the campus chancellor and university system president positions into one role, he's now the person who makes the AD hire. This was his hire, along with a few of the more prominent board members. I'm not sure he's going to be intimately involved in athletics on a day to day basis, but he'll be part of major decisions. He's someone both Drinkwitz and Martin respect. He has their ear. It's an interesting power dynamic.
He worked with the first-team defense in today's scrimmage.
He wrote some pretty big checks yesterday that Reed-Francois now must cash. We'll see how it unfolds.
Well, yes, they'll need to win to keep working at Mizzou. 2023 is a long way away. If Drinkwitz hasn't had a winning season through his first four years, yes, I doubt you'll see him coaching the team beyond then.
I don't believe he's a Division I prospect.
It depends on the team's vaccination rate. If it's not past the SEC threshold of 85% then they'll have to contact trace for the positive case. As I understand it, vaccinated close contacts of any positive case only have to quarantine if they're showing symptoms. If not, they'll be allowed to play. Otherwise, anyone who tests positive will have to quarantine per the CDC guidance. The key is contact tracing. If enough players are vaccinated then a positive case won't wipe out large swaths of the team like last year. That's why it's absolutely a competitive advantage to have your team fully vaccinated this year. Games will be forfeited instead of postponed if not enough players are available to play.
Cameron Indoor Stadium also seats only about 9,000 people, so it's much harder to get a ticket. And more than anything, there's a greater demand among a fan base that's used to making Final Fours and winning championships.