I wouldn't say I'm mad, but I like writing about compelling nonconfernece games. They generate more interest and are more interesting to write about.
Missouri was one of the nation's most consistent winners in the 1980s and '90s under Norm and had a few great runs under Snyder, Mike Anderson and Haith. Missouri doesn't have a Final Four but has won plenty of games over the years to be relevant. If you're a college student or in your young 20s, it would require an attention span and maybe even some reading to know about the Stewart years.
Don't think so. This year's team actually had a great showing at the NCAAs considering how the season was trending. Mizzou wrestling is all about the NCAA championships. They already play a demanding nonconference schedule with several matches against the elite Big 12 teams. Brian Smith seems to be content with the MAC.
MP3? If you mean Porter Jr., I haven't heard of him playing with the USA team this year, but I don't know that for certain.
Johnathon Johnson. Lots of catches out of the slot - if he stays healthy. Dimetrios Mason could have a big year, too.
It's hard to say because he's never coached anywhere long enough to really develop a class of freshmen into seniors. I think that's one of the most important questions about his chances of having long-term success.
Agreed. Missed opportunity to showcase what should be one of the league's best assets this year.
It call comes down the media rights and revenue. The Big 12 is still the most lucrative place for Texas and Oklahoma because of its media deals. And they face an easier path to the playoff in the Big 12 than if they joined the SEC or Big Ten. As long as those two football titans want there to be a Big 12, there will be a Big 12.
I think the appeal of the job at the time affected the candidate pool. There were a lot of mistruths about the campus and uncertain leadership at the university level. Good coaches care about stability. Mizzou had none at the time.
I don't understand it either, but if the shoe were on the other foot, if Kansas left the Big 12 for the Big Ten and Mizzou stayed in the Big 12, do you think Mizzou would be jumping at the chance to schedule Kansas for a nonconfernece game? I don't believe they would.
My guess is a new league would form, maybe parts of the American Athletic Conference would pick up the Big 12 leftovers. Oklahoma State, Kansas and K-State would bring some great value to a league like that.
Mizzou's administration always talks about addressing parking concerns, but it's not something that really affects me so I'm not sure what changes have been made.
Not going to happen. But you're free to have dreams.
Softball signed 11 players in the fall, the biggest class ever signed by Earleywine. The class includes one pitcher, Lauren Rice from Morrison, Ill. They could always land a transfer during the summer. That seems to happen a lot after the WCWS. I don't have a list of baseball recruits and MU hasn't published one to my knowledge.
Preseason polls are meaningless other than to build some interest around the season, but Mizzou won't need that kind of help this offseason. I'm sure some writers might have MU on their ballot. Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com put Mizzou at No. 25 in his early ballot published on the site. I doubt MU will appear on enough ballots to get into the preseason top 25. There will be lots of buzz, but there are some writers - maybe half, maybe most, maybe less than half - who probably don't pay much attention to recruiting and base their ballot on last year's results and little else.
That's exactly what Gary Pinkel told his bosses about life in the SEC. It's why he said you can't compete in this league in terms of facilities unless you're always building something more. I don't tour all the locker rooms and weight rooms around the league, but I know the coaches have been concerned with the lack of a 'wow factor' they have when showing recruits the stadium and other parts of the program. Then again, there's not a coach in the country who tells his AD, "I'm fine with our facilities. I think they're good enough." Everyone wants more and everyone can find bells or whistles at another program that they want.
Mizzou Arena is a great venue. (In terms of media seating, one of the absolute worst). A handful of the SEC arenas are older and outdated. Rupp Arena is a dump. LSU's arena is old and crusty. Bud Walton Arena is probably one of the best, along with Tennessee's arena. Auburn was smart to build its new arena much smaller than others, but it's been packed and loud every time I've been there. Georgia's arena is nice but nothing special. As for football stadiums, my point of reference isn't the same as a fan's. I'm looking for a press box that has good sight lines and decent coffee and a favorable postagme setup. MU's is about average. Kentucky's refurbished stadium is very nice. Georgia and Florida are great places to watch a game, Georgia especially.
Great question. I'll go with the women. More known quantities on that team, fewer questions about chemistry.
Nobody has signed with other schools and can't until December. Only two in-state players have committed elsewhere: Cameron Brown and Mario Goodrich. Only one other has left Mizzou off his list: Daniel Carson. Brown was a surprise that he committed so early but not necessarily to Nebraska. Goodrich has been considered a Nebraska lock for months. There was always a thought that Carson wasn't interested in Mizzou. To some degree, I credit him for being honest and leaving MU off his list if he's not at all interested. No reason to force the staff to pamper him if he's got zero interest in the program.