The sites that adjust their projections during the season still see him as a first-rounder. He's had a good season, just not great. Though he was great last weekend at Vandy. His ERA is at 2.88. That's the lowest of his career. His K to walk ratio is 81 to 20. Just off last year's pace. Batters are hitting .220 against him - right at his career average. I don't doubt his stock has dropped much. He just doesn't have the Ws, and scouts don't care about that.
I know it's just a hypothetical, but I don't see any what that happens. But under this scenario, I think I take the 8 wins. Recruiting rankings can be wrong; you can't dispute eight wins and a bowl game as progress. If the program is trending that direction on the field Odom will sign better recruits.
It depends. On one hand, covering a winning season, like 2007 or 2013 for football, you can do blindfolded. Everything's easier. Coaches and players are in better moods. They share more in interviews. The games on the field are more interesting and more exciting to write about. On the other hand, during a losing season, I see my job as a journalist as more important - because we have to ask why. Why are things not working as planned? Why were there missteps in hiring or recruiting or coaching that led to these struggles? Those questions are harder to ask and harder to analyze for some, and when a job is harder you have to work harder. So, I sense the purpose of my job more when those kind of questions have to be asked and those kind of stories have to be written. That's not to say I personally enjoyed the last couple basketball seasons. Kim was good to work with, but players are never in good moods. Covering games got to be like Groundhog Day. During losing seasons, some athletes convince themselves that the media's purpose is to make them look bad, so there's less trust, less conversation. I'll be happy to cover a more relevant, more exciting team (in both sports) going forward, but at the end of the day, I can't control what happens on the field - and I get paid the same either way.
Downtown is becoming one big neighborhood of swanky apartments. For me, part of the charm of college was living in a place that wasn't beautiful. It's all about the freedom, not the plush. From what I understand, the city council has curbed the apartment construction for now.
Because those of us who cover the team closely get bits of information, but not whole pieces. It's my understanding MU's staff still feels good about Tilmon.
Yes, Mizzou very much wanted to move the 2015 Arkansas State game there. St. Louis Sports Commission very much wanted the game at Busch. But it was ASU's home game and they kept the game at home. Missouri would like to have a game in STL, but you've got to find an opponent that wants the same - and it has to fall on an away weekend for the tenants. More than anything, you have to find a price that satisfies all parties - a price that offsets the revenue you'd generate from a home game in Columbia.
The more relevant numbers are athletics spending and revenue. Wisconsin makes more and spends more than Mizzou on athletics, but the recruiting territory comparisons still hold true. Wisconsin can't win on homegrown players alone; just like Missouri can't win (in football) on homegrown players alone.
I touched on that in last week's Five for Friday. Yes, I think Lock can have the kind of season that will enhance his stock to the point where he's got a decision to make in December/January. He's got all the tools, but needs to improve his accuracy. A great offensive season should earn Heupel some looks as a head coach. I wouldn't term it as a risk. Coordinators want to be head coaches, most of them anyway. If he gets some good opportunities, then that means he's done a strong job directing Mizzou's offense this fall.
Why? This was one of the three or four worst teams in the major conferences last year. This team needed a wrecking ball. A guy who couldn't play on that frontline last year - on a team that lost Jackson and Smith midseason - doesn't sound like a difference-maker.
Yes, all caught up. The Jimmy/Chuck storyline is losing some steam with me. More Mike and Gus, please. This week's episode really missed them.
I understand your thinking, and I hear the same from a lot of people. Here's my advice: If you're disillusioned, don't buy into illusions. College sports is in the entertainment business. It's the WWE, but the only difference is the wrasslers in college sports have to go to class during the day. Otherwise, it's all about the TV audience, making money at the live shows, selling T-shirts and building brands around the biggest programs, coaches and players. (Except the players don't get paid as much.) Once a year the NCAA and the college teams prop up the APR and tell us all is good because most of the athletes are making progress toward their degrees. But schools spend a lot more time, money and resources on hyping football national signing day then they do APR release day. A great deal of athletes are serious students and using their athletic scholarship to get a great eduction. I wrote about one such student athlete today: Mizzou long distacnce runner Drew White. But I guarantee you that story gets one-tenth the online traffic as a story headlined, "Michael Porter Jr. had turkey for lunch Thursday." (Actually, that would be in the category of Fake News considering the Porters' vegetarian diet.) My point: College sports are connected to the universities because that's where they get the bulk of their customers (alums and students), but talking about Drew White's engineering classes doesn't drive enough of an audience to keep the business alive.
Perhaps. Keep in mind, when you transfer twice in three years, there's more material to inspect.
Then you can't stand most of today's college football. Heupel's offense is more of the standard than the exception in 2017.
Thanks for clearing that up. I nearly went to Wisconsin for college. Good J-school. Beautiful campus. In the end, I stayed in-state ... and haven't left.
Yes, best scene of the episode.
Tilmon will have zero impact on the APR figures released this time next year. That score is all about the 2016-17 team. How many players are retained from the 2016-17 team and how many are academically eligible. If MU can afford to lose one more transfer, then it won't damage the APR to lose Kemp, as long as he's academically eligible. Otherwise, it's a 2-point hit.
He'll be back for 2018. But if 2017 is a bust, then 2018 is the pivotal make or break year. The results this year will determine how much pressure he's under to produce in 2018. Let's be serious, though. This is the SEC. No coach, unless your name is Nick Saban, feels 100 percent comfortable every day. I mean, Les Miles and Mark Richt got fired. There's always going to be pressure. An 8-win season for Odom this year will only raise expectations - but the pressure to win will still be there.
Arkansas doesn't really fit because the Hogs play in the SEC West, which is a lot more competitive than the SEC East in football. Maybe not long-term, but it has been for years and is right now. I'd say the Big Ten West is somewhat comparable to the current state of the SEC East. Nebraska is a traditional power - but not in that elite tier lately. Same for Georgia and Tennessee. I think the middle of the pack and lower teams in the Big Ten West (Iowa, Minny, NW, Illinois) are comparable to South Carolina, UK, Vandy. There's no perfect analogy because teams shift from year to year, and if anything this exercise points to a larger point: Missouri is a unique athletics program in terms of its state's population, geography and intra-state competition.
I meant to do this earlier when there were more people in the chat ....
I think you've got it pretty well mapped out. We also have to see more of how he lands in a Omaha Cinnabon. I just hope the connections to Breaking Bad are clever and subtle and well-written, which I'm sure they will be.
As another reader noted, the Mizzou figures didn't include room and board.
I don't think Baylor deserves the death penalty. The leadership has turned over. The new administration and coaching staff deserve a chance to start over, like they have. If Penn State can recover from the Sandusky/Paterno scandal, then Baylor can recover as well.
They're done. They're too damaged. Kevin can't take back the awful comment he made in the hotel room.
OK, folks. That's it for this week. We'll do this again next Thursday. Enjoy your weekend. Happy early Mother's Day to all the moms in the chat.