The W-L record and overall direction of the program comes first. You can stomach smaller crowds if the team is winning 8-9 games. If the team on the field is trending in the wrong direction AND the crowds are smaller, it makes the decision to change coaches easier.
I sense some sarcasm here ...
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I think there's some truth to that. Just winning games and playing in lower to mid-tier bowl games isn't enough to satisfy the fringe element of what's very much a bandwagon fan base. I've said this for years, but there's a very loyal core of Mizzou fans who show up through thick and thin. Winning six, seven, eight games a year usually isn't enough to win over that fringe fraction. The 2015 season cost Mizzou some fans. Maybe some forever. I imagine a 10-win team that competes for championships will bring a good chunk of them back.
Yes, they will happen. Nothing scheduled yet. Stay tuned to Twitter for those announcements.
I assume you're talking home games. If so, Dec. 29 & 30, Jan. 26 & 27, Feb. 9 & 10, March 2 & 3.
I've never been one to make guesses about recruits. I guess it's possible someone commits, but I'm not making any predictions. Watts recently told 247Sports that his Missouri visit is "off the calendar," which tells me he's no longer visiting or at least not planning to visit as of now. That could ramp up the urgency to get a commitment from McKinney sooner than later.
Hard to say for sure, but I could see him being a reserve at the 2 and 3 positions, maybe help with some ball-handling in the backcourt. As always with Cuonzo, if he's a willing defender and rebounds his position he'll see the floor. Cuonzo was impressed with his work ethic this summer. That's always a good sign. Cuonzo has shown if you make a strong impression that goes a long way.
Yes, he played some snaps in the fourth quarter, was targeted for one pass. He's going to have to earn his role, even with his dad as his position coach.
Bad weather can sometimes neutralize the playing field, and maybe the conditions favor Wyoming's ground game, but even in bad weather I'd rather be the team with an All-SEC quarterback and two backs like Rountree and Crockett than a freshman QB and a couple freshman running backs, that is if Nico Evans is indeed going to miss the game. Rain or shine this game is going to be a test for Missouri's offensive line. Wyoming has two NFL players on its defensive line. The pass blocking was great last week, but Mizzou has to be more physical blocking the run.
For what they've shown this year - 37 points better than an average FCS team - they're getting the proper credit they deserve. Start off 3-0 with a road win at Purdue and you can think about getting nationally ranked. When you're coming off a 7-6 season without any wins over bowl teams and a thud of a finish against a depleted Texas team, you're going to find yourself outside of the top 25.
Good question. The staff loved Mason's skills. Heupel looked at Hall exclusively as a deep threat. He ran the post and the go and little else. They saw Mason as more versatile.
My first year covering the team was 1998, which is why I said this might be the best tandem that I've covered, not necessarily the best ever. That 1997 team also had Ernest Blackwell as a threat out of the backfield. So many weapons on the ground.
This team still has a lot to prove. If they go 2-2 against Purdue, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama that will be a huge achievement, especially considering three of those games are on the road. Anything short of 2-2 in that stretch and nobody's going to be talking about this as a great team on a national level. A 9-win team would be a ranked team, probably even 8-4 depending on who's in the eight and who's in the four.
This corner/safety group has some upside. I like what Terry Petry brings to the secondary. Sparks,too. I just don't think you can read too much into a 51-14 game against an FCS team especially when the game plan is so vanilla and they're substituting so liberally.
You can't afford the best coaches. You can't afford facility upgrades. You can't afford the best travel for your athletes. You have to cut corners that other schools don't have to cut. Those are the challenges Mizzou faces until it starts selling more tickets in football.
I don't care about giving an honest assessment of the staff. That's why I'm here. But there's been too much staff turnover to really know what this group is capable of doing in terms of evaluating talent, recruiting talent and developing talent. I think there are some impressive coaches on this staff. Brick Haley knows what he's doing. Derek Dooley knows football. Ryan Walters is sharp. AJ Ofodile is going to have a long career in coaching. But as a group they just don't have enough of a track record to fairly evaluate. In general, I think you see a trend of finding under-the-radar players who have more talent than their recruiting rankings suggest but you still have to develop them and put them in position to win games.