Somehow there's no blame for NCAA cheaters Pearl and Tyndall but all the blame is on Martin? I trust Ben Frederickson more when it comes to Tennessee hoops. He covered the hell out of hte program for the Knoxville Sentinel when Martin coached there. He does not share Travis' view.
Possibly. I think Illinois might try to aim someone trending up, which Crean clearly is not.
As long as Washington lets him out of his LOI, he can play anywhere right away. There is some conflicting reports about whether he signed a NLI/LOI or a financial aid agreement. With a coaching change it shouldn't matter - unless UW wants to play hardball and deny his release, which would be a terrible move for P.R. sake.
Jontay is a 2018 recruit. I think you mean he could classify to a 2017 recruit. This isn't a new development, been discussed for months. Unclear if that's the plan right now or not.
I don't think it will mean much. Are ESL football players going to base their school choice on the fact that the hoops coach is from their town? I doubt that becomes a factor. If Martin has sustained success at Mizzou it could enhance the school's popularity and appeal among people in ESL, but I don't see an immediate bump in football.
I spoke to Blake about that. I understand that he had to write what he told her, but there is NO WAY she was kidding about selling the evidence. I asked her on the record if she had gotten any offers yet for the evidence and she said she hadn't checked her messages yet but looked forward to find out. She was very serious about wanting to make money off the information that she had. Now, she did admit to me that she was kidding initially about asking me for $3K to see the info, but once we spoke on the phone for more than 30 minutes there was nothing she said that implied she was kidding. At the end of our conversation, I double checked: Are you OK with me quoting everything you've said? She said yes, unequivocally. Again, Blake can only write what she tells him, but she was not kidding when she spoke to me. In fact, she retweeted the link to my story after I posted it online.
I wouldn't rule anything out yet.
He will not stay at Missouri. He wants to coach. I would not be surprised if he's coaching next season at the Division II level.
As I wrote earlier, I was told, in general, the players are happy and were pulling for Martin to get the job. That's all I know for now.
I still think Martin has upside. He hasn't stayed at a program long enough to let it grow on his watch for the reasons stated earlier. If he had more support at Tennessee maybe he turns them into a consistent NCAA tourney team that competes with Kentucky at the top of the standings. Maybe the same at Cal. In just his second year at Berkeley, hardly a hoops powerhouse, he had Cal in the NCAAs with a 4 seed and the 19th overall seed - higher than Arizona, Maryland, Baylor, Gonzaga, VCU, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Pitt, Michigan, Syracuse, Butler. Those are all good hoops programs.
You need to make 3s to win in today's game. It's not like they had Tim Duncan and Shaq inside to score points in the paint. The mid-range 2-point jumper is the least efficient shot in basketball. Smart 3s are OK. This team took a lot of bad 3s.
Well, having good players makes you a better coach, so it's all relative, right? It's safe to say his bloodlines have benefited his career, but that doesn't mean he can't help players get better. The women's staff enjoyed him at Mizzou.
This team needs some size. There will be options on the market.
I haven't heard that option discussed at much length, but it might be worth exploring.
Bigger than anything that's happened in here in a long, long time. You go from having a team that wasn't good enough to beat bad mid-majors to having the No. 1 prospect in the country and a future NBA lottery pick. Expectations will probably be unfairly too high, but there are worse problems to have.
They sure look more competent. Defense can get shaky, but the pitching has been excellent for the most part. The lineup makes contact. Lots of singles hitters, but that's OK. I'm looking forward to covering some relevant SEC series.
Who said Marshall was available? Missouri wasn't going to pay Marshall the $5 million it probably would have taken for him to leave the best mid-major program in the country for the worst program in the SEC.
Wait, the tournament is this week? I like UNC-Wilmington to make some noise, and I say that without knowing the score of today's game. I like this Notre Dame team to go far. Purdue is my outsider Final Four team. (And, no, not trying to win over the new coach.) I like Arizona a lot to go far.
He's currently a junior in HS but could reclassify and essentially skip his senior year.