First off, there was nothing inaccurate in the NYT piece. I thought Mizzou's reactionary response was a mistake. Nobody was disputing the J-school's excellence or MU's status as an AAU member. The story did omit some of the measures MU has taken in the last two years to improve its campus leadership, and there are other factors that contribute to the enrollment crisis. But let's stop blaming the media for a second and accept that it's an enrollment CRISIS, a revenue CRISIS. Kids aren't coming to Mizzou for many reasons. Less revenue and less state funding is only going to drive up tuition and, perhaps, hurt enrollment even more. Our excellent higher ed reporter Ashley Jost, has covered the Mizzou crisis from top to bottom, all angles, better than anyone in the media. Read her coverage for the most thorough, accurate and timely info on the situation here at MU.
I'm not sure I agree with this sentiment. Mizzou has struggled with recruiting and recruiting in the state, not necessarily recruiting black players. With so many of these high-profile kids undecided, I think it's better to evaluate and analyze once we know where they're going to school.
It's been leaning that direction for months, but he has not said it's a done deal by any means. As of a little more than a month ago he was very undecided.
Yes, he and Martin focus on defense together. Mann and Hollender focus on offense.
Sure. Like I said, Georgia has the best team on paper, but is Kirby Smart good enough in year two to deliver a championship? I'm not sure. I could see a very average team winning this division.
The athletes are insured as part of their scholarship.
Not really. I know some writers, not from Missouri, who voted him first team. I didn't vote him first or second team. Lock has as much upside as any QB in the league, but he hasn't done enough on the field - with more starts (20) than any SEC QB - for me to rationally pick him as the league's best QB. I voted Nick Fitzgerald first team, Jalen Hurts second team.
Noted. I'm not sure what to expect except the unexpected.
I'm trying to interpret your question, but I think I've got your point. Will Terrence Phillips have the ball in his hands more or less? Well, he was moved off the ball a lot last season and played shooting guard for a good bulk of the season. I don't see him in that role this year, so I think he'll be the primary ball-handler. He was among the SEC's assist leaders last year and more than 4 a game, so I expect that average to climb this season. No reason he can't average 6 or 7 a game, maybe more. The other young guards will get some playing time, too, but Phillips is the point guard.
Two season-ending knee injuries for Beckner - and it's not like he was all that impressive last year before the injury. Lots of great backs in this league. If voters base their picks solely off last year's stats, yeah, Crockett might fall short because others averaged more yards per game. I touched on Lock earlier. Put up monster numbers against MU's worst competition last year. He really struggled against the best competition. I still think he's got huge upside, but I went with other options.
Voters are more familiar with the Georgia backs even though Crockett had a better season than both last year.
I'd expect some more out-of-state commitments in late July when Mizzou hosts its one-night camp on Faurot Field. It's a tricky year with the four major STL targets. Those guys are going to drag out their decisions, so that could impact how other recruits at those positions view Mizzou.
In 2013, Mizzou was picked sixth and won the division. In 2014, Mizzou was picked fourth and won the division.
Moore will be a 1,000-yard receiver and Crockett will be a 1,000-yard rusher, but I don't see another one joining them in either stat. Mason, Johnson, Hall and the tight ends will get plenty of touches and yards - and Witter will do the same at running back. But I'm not sure they produce enough to crack four digits.
Accepted how? He's got some close friends among the SEC coaches. He and Bielema have a friendship. He's known Hugh Freeze well since his time at Memphis. He doesn't really know Saban or Orgeron and probably a few others, but most of these guys all have mutual respect for each other.
Agreed. Tennessee had a loaded team last year with the league's most experienced QB, an elite defender and other NFL players. I went on the record saying they were a playoff contender. And they lost to South Carolina and Vandy. Sure, they had injuries. Show me a team that doesn't have injuries. If they don't complete a Hail Mary against Georgia, Tennessee is 7-5 in the regular season. Their most established players are gone. I still don't think Butch Jones is an elite coach by any means. They play at Bama, at Kentucky, at Florida, at Mizzou. I would not be shocked if they lose all four. They get LSU and Georgia at home. LSU and Georgia are better - at least on paper heading into the season.
I've tried to reach out to him and haven't heard back. There are no court documents for his case available yet.
Fair point. For one, his coaches didn't really branch off and leave for other jobs. Bob Sundvold has coached at other schools. Kim Anderson, too. But really, that's about it. Norm just didn't have much turnover on his staff
The legacy is that Mizzou got its act together and followed Title IX regulations so that there's a better structure in place to handle a situation like that. There's a much more defined chain of command now when an athlete - or any student for that matter - shares information about an assault or any action that could be investigated. It was on a different scale but we saw that process play out last year with the softball team when Mizzou athletics turned its investigation over to the university's Title IX office. In theory, I that's the best approach because you take athletics bosses out of the decision-making process in a matter that has nothing to do with athletics.