McCann turned out to be a huge asset for this team, and that shouldn't be overlooked. Fatony was excellent early but dropped off some late in the year. Still, he's a very good punter. Missouri made huge strides in the kicking game this year. Rountree turned out to be an excellent kickoff return guy. Floyd and Johnson are a strong 1-2 punch at punt return.
Yes, we discussed some of this earlier. Also, every offensive coordinator runs hot and cold with fans. Someone else will call plays next year and will earn lots of praise when touchdowns are scored and lots of scorn when they aren't.
I haven't gotten that sense. Players went out of their way the last two years to praise Heupel and the way he set a new standard around the program. He brought a professionalism to the building and from linemen to running backs to receivers all credited him lifting that standard. Maybe he wasn't the easiest guy to work with, but coaching isn't about making friends, it's about scoring points and winning games.
I don't know. Odom hasn't shared his calendar with me.
Each power conference gets a big chunk from the playoff regardless if they have a team in the mix, and then each participating conference gets a slice of the revenue pie. The SEC will get two slices this year, but those amounts haven't been disclosed yet as far as I can tell. It will be divided up at the conference level and split up when league revenues go at at the end of the fiscal year.
Either couch would be natural fits in some ways.
The staff was on the road Monday through Thursday this week seeing recruits, then here Friday through Sunday for bowl practices and official visits for recruits. It's a busy time and the December signing period adds another layer of urgency, but there's enough time to do both.
Odom is his own man. He kept a couple Pinkel guys on the staff, but he doesn't want to be Gary Jr. There's no rift. Trust me. He just wants to blaze his own trail.
100 percent. Next year's NBA season starts after Jan. 1.
Because he wasn't the best in the SEC this year. He wasn't as good down the stretch this year. Plus, he didn't need to be.
There could be, but I don't have a great feel for that yet. He's got a lot of decisions to make in the coming weeks.
Missouri does not expect to sell the full allotment. A conservative estimate will be that they sell about half. MU was allotted 8,000 tickets. There's still no confirmation that Huepel is or isn't coaching in the bowl game.
That's just the way they constructed the schedule this year. I was surprised there's not a game between Braggin Rights and the SEC opener, but it seems they played more November games this year.
21 wins and an SEC record above .500 will have Mizzou in strong consideration for the tournament. It also depends on who those wins come against. You need quality wins. I'm not sure the SEC has any elite, obvious Final Four teams, but there's a good six or seven teams in that first tier that can be top 25 caliber. Already this year I've had UK, Florida, A&M, Alabama, Tennessee and Missouri all on my AP ballot at one point or another. Arkansas has played well, too. And Georgia.
The Pinkel-Alden dynamic was pretty unique, and Sterk didn't hire Odom, so it's hard to compare the two. Sterk's reputation/legacy won't be as defined by Odom as Alden's was with Pinkel for that very reason. That said, the AD has to approve of a major hire - and so does the Board of Curators when you're talking about a multi-year contract that will play high six figures.
Sure! Spavital is an interesting choice. Obviously he worked with Manziel at A&M and has helped develop Will Grier at West Virginia. He's young but has been exposed to some really successful offensive coaches.
Yes, I believe when it comes to St. Louis area recruits there's a greater burden to impress on Mizzou than bigger name schools from further away. It's almost always been that way. Mizzou has rarely been the fashionable choice for local prospects and the last few years, recruiting has become more of a national undertaking for most schools - and that's opened the doors to more schools from more conferences in the region.
I don't think there was a lack of transparency. The team disclosed the amount of information it was allowed to share at the time. Porter then went outside of the team's medical staff, and at that point, it's up to the family to disclose any further info. The family gave the team the surgery details and the recovery timetable and the team released that info publicly. From there, there's not much more they can share. He's now in recovery.
No and no. I think that's the first ever reference to McAdoo and splashy in the same thought.
I have not heard his name linked to the search, but all of your points are valid. I think he checks a bunch of boxes.