I'm confident in saying Martin will try. Gordon is still just a junior. Same for Ramey, though he's committed to a contending power conference school (Louisville). If SLU doesn't improve a lot next year and Martin has some initial success at MU, then sure, common sense says Gordon giving the SLU commit some second thoughts.
I'm cautious in calling any hire a home run. But, again, I like Martin's upside in this program.
There is a newly proposed rule that teams can't hire a parent/guardian in a non-coaching role during a two-year window of the players' eligibility. Hiring Porter Sr would be perfectly legal. He was on Pingeton's Mizzou staff when the Tigers signed both of his daughters.
I don't know that he was or wasn't. Paul Finebaum doesn't need to break news to raise his profile, so I trust that a credible source gave him that information.
Final Four: Villanova, Arizona, Louisville, UCLA. Louisville over Villanova for the title.
Right. I wasn't taking anything away from how they played offensively. It also helps when you've got the best player in the country in the Big Dog. He was such a beast.
I still think Crean would have been a good hire. He's a relentless recruiter. He would have gotten this roster in order sooner than later. And I also think he could have gotten Porter Jr. to Mizzou had Romar been fired in that parallel universe. I still think there's some merit to the idea that Sterk and Crean might not have been able to co-exist. I didn't just make up that theory. Others shared it, too. Crean is not the easiest guy to work for or work with.
We'll see who they can land on the recruiting tail. This team has had serious post problems for years.
I'm not sure. Hard to speculate because it just wasn't going to happen. The Porters didn't like the direction of the program and didn't want MPJ playing at MU under the old regime.
Yes, I would think so. Painter's got a good thing going there. He's paid well to coach one of the best programs in the Big Ten, which is also his alma mater. He might be a lifer in West Lafayette.
Sterk and boosters like Holtmann to some degree. I've been told conflicting things about the level of interest with Crean and whether there ever was a meeting with Crean. Was told there was some level of contact or planned contact at the Big Ten tournament in D.C., but it didn't unfold as planned. Also, Indiana's administration was very interested in whether MU and Crean truly had mutual interest. They were monitoring that situation - or trying to - as closely as possible.
I'm not sure regret is the right word, but if the timing worked out differently he very well could have been Haiths' replacement. I was shown a lengthy list of possible targets the day after Haith took the Tulsa job. Martin was on there but with an asterisk or something denoting that he just took the Cal job. Was told they would have loved to have hired him, but timing was off.
There was some degree of interest at some point in the process but not nearly as much as there was for Martin. Sterk got the guy he wanted.
Pat is right about the APR and the looming Kumar investigation. The APR is a four-year average of single-year scores. There is still one really bad single-year score that will count toward MU's average for another year. That number drags down the average to the point that another wave of transfers will put MU at risk of a postseason ban. Martin can't simply clean house and get rid of everyone. Then there's the Kumar investigation. It won't be labeled a basketball investigation per se, but she worked with basketball players and alleged to have helped MU cheat WHILE MU WAS ALREADY ON PROBATION. That's not good. I know that Martin was well aware of those allegations. I would think he would have asked the right questions to Sterk about the situation before accepting the job. Martin's background in terms of NCAA rules & compliance is squeaky clean.
Again, with the ARP situation, Mizzou can't have a wave of transfers. You get docked a point when someone leaves, double if he leaves in poor academic standing.
I would think the NIT would be a reasonable expectation - if not too low of an expectation.
Generally you don't hire coaches who are unemployed.
MU needs another big man. I'm not sure Jontay - if he reclasifies - would be ready to start in the SEC. Puryear, Porter Jr., Phillips, Roberts and unnamed big, with Walton, Barnett, Hughes off the bench ... or other unnamed newcomers.
Others who were around at the time believe race was surely a factor in some of the angst.