This question comes up every week. I don't see the SEC looking to expand beyond 14 any time soon. What's the upside to getting bigger at this point? In the cord-cutting age, do we think TV networks are going to pay conferences more money for their rights when the networks are losing subscribers and revenue? And if the networks aren't going to pay more for TV rights, there's no sense in expanding conferences so each school can take home a smaller slice of pie. The Big 12 is fine for now. They've got a championship football game. They're only splitting revenue 10 ways. I don't sense any serious discord coming from that conference.
Nothing has been announced. I'm not sure the department is in a place financially to start booking A-list artists for the pregame concert scene.
It's going to be around 65,000. That's been the plan all along. They took out roughly 10,000 seats in the old south end zone section and will replace with 16 luxury suites, a 750-person field-level club, a 1,254-seat indoor club and general seating for 1,324 fans.
Yes. Unless the appeals process ends before then and the postseason ban is not overturned. Every penalty that MU appeals is lifted until the appeals committee makes its final ruling.
I've always wondered why they haven't, but that would have to be approved by the system president, chancellor and board of curators and it seems like an institutional philosophy to not name facilities after corporate sponsors. They'll name a building after the primary donor of the project - Taylor Stadium, Walton Stadium, Walsworth Golf Center - but they won't sell the naming rights exclusively.
Good to know someone's actually paying attention to my ballot. Simple answer: You can't just move one team up or down without having to maneuver the entire poll based on what happened in dozens of games around the country. LSU beat Kentucky, K-State beat Kansas. Florida State beat Louisville. I thought those teams deserved to be moved ahead of Villanova. I dropped Villanova seven spots, but not because I thought they were that much worse - just that other teams had done more in the week to move up. I probably had Villanova too high the previous week.
Getting back to an earlier question, Pittsburg State is 14-9 and 7-7 in its conference.
I don't think there's any secret sauce other than recruit elite players, hire and retain great coaches. There's no magic formula out there. Bryant is the one who needs to learn MU's program, MU's offense and his teammates. Mizzou didn't sign him to become Clemson.
It's my understanding he had a medical situation/illness, but the team hasn't disclosed any more than that.
I wouldn't say the readership is always higher when the teams are winning. It's higher when there's major news, like a new coach is hired, a coach is fired, a high-profile recruit picks MU, etc. As for excitement level, I'd say readers aren't necessarily more engaged when the team is winning. They're also really engaged when things are going poorly and they want answers. The way I look at my job, that's when my role is especially important when I have to ask, 'Why isn't this working? How can you fix this?' Also, access tends to shrink when things aren't going as well. It becomes more challenging to tell stories when access shrinks. This basketball season has been more of a challenge. We rarely get to talk to the players other than a few after games. You haven't read many features stories on the players this year because it's hit or miss when they're made available, and when they are, it's a few minutes with a player in a scrum of reporters. Would that be different if the team was 20-3 instead of 12-11? Maybe. I'm not sure.
I'm sure at some point Robin had discussed her status but I just don't know the answer right now.
I talk to Gary regularly but not on the record. We have a unique relationship because of the book we did together, but if I should ever need him on the record he's just a phone call away. (We talked about the NCAA sanctions, but he didn't want to offer an official statement.) He is no longer under contract with the university, but he still does some speaking engagements when the university asks him to make an appearance. He does not spend any time around the football program other than attending games at home and some on the road. He's intentionally kept his distance from Odom and the team. He doesn't want to be seen as the old coach trying to cast a shadow over the program.
There is no deadline that a coach has to decide. She hasn't played in a game, so it's a safe assumption she'll redshirt.
At the time I reported that he joined the team with the expectation he'd go on scholarship but that might have been putting it too strongly. I suppose it's still an option, but if the staff finds another big man who can be part of the rotation I suspect they'd use the scholarship on another player instead of Braun. Martin doesn't share much on those kind of plans, but it's something to address once the season ends.
OK, folks. That's all for today. I'm making the trip to Oxford this weekend for Saturday's basketball game, so stay tuned for coverage.