I'm no draft guru, so I can't break down their strengths and weaknesses. I really like Rosen and his upside. He's a smart kid, really savvy. I'm not as sold on Darnold. Lots of interceptions. I think Mayfield can be a winner in the right system. He's short but I'd love to have him lead my team any day. I'll take Lock's arm strength against any of those guys.
It's nice for the players who weren't part of those 32 losses that they don't have to answer the questions, but no sweat off my back either way.
VanLeer has been his backup but is playing fewer minutes lately. I don't think Barnett seems to mind the extra minutes. He's a senior. This is his final college season. He's making the most of his role. Mizzou can go with a smaller backcourt to give him a rest.
I think kids are more resilient than we expect. They can handle change better than fans and some media. If he's out, a good coach will get them to buy into the plan. If he returns, they'll buy into having a great player on the floor. There's obviously some pride at play here. The guys on the floor now want to prove they can win without Michael - but that doesn't mean they won't welcome him back if he's cleared and wants to return. And if he returns but takes the team out of its flow and jacks too many shots, Martin isn't obligated to play him 40 minutes.
It's called the Draft Advisory Council. They give draft-eligible players one of three draft projections. First round, second round or return to school. Now, he might have received some other feedback, that he could improve his stock with workouts, with a chance to prove he can do the things he wasn't asked to do in Mizzou's offense. But, again, you can't go through those workouts without declaring for the draft.
I'm not sure I get the question. Are Mizzou players in the NFL invested in Mizzou? Sure. Chase Daniel has an endowed scholarship in his name and visits at least once a year. Guys like Sean Weatherspoon, Jeremy Maclin and others are always visiting and promoting Mizzou.
I don't think there needs to be a rule keeping coaches in place. Though I don't think they should be eligible for bowl bonuses if they leave before the game. I'm still not convinced it was Heupel's choice to leave the team before the bowl - until he hired Elabree. If Heupel hadn't poached Odom's O-line coach, I think there's a chance he could have coached through the bowl game. But it's my sense that hiring Elarbee was the deal-breaker.
Micah Wilson has the most game experience, but if the new OC is an outside hire, he won't necessarily have any loyalty to anyone on the roster. I'd go with Wilson by default, but the job would be wide open for spring practices and preseason camp.
I have it written but haven't had a chance to post it yet with more basketball coverage the last few days. Look in Friday's paper for a bigger recap of the football season.
Let's answer it this way. Mizzou's caliber of recruits now isn't all that different from the Pinkel years. Pinkel wasn't beating Oklahoma and Texas or Texas A&M for recruits. Was the program still competitive against the likes of K-State, Nebraska, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, etc? You bet. Mizzou's charge in recruiting isn't about beating Alabama and Georgia - because Mizzou will never sign better players than those schools. Never ever. Same thing in the Big 12. Same thing for Kentucky, Arkansas, the Mississippi schools. Those programs are Mizzou's competition. Does MU aim to win the national title and have the best players in the country? Of course. But they're not going to sign the best players. Too many obstacles in the way - and the two biggest they'll never change: geography and history. That said, the smart approach is not much different from what you see at successful programs that don't sign top 20 classes - Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, etc: Recruit as well as you can but you win with player evaluation and development.
Florida just beat Texas A&M in College Station, though a depleted A&M team. Mike White's team stumbled some early, but they could still win the SEC and make a deep March run. Florida is a strong offensive team. Never turns the ball over and shoots well from 3. I'll explore the Gators more tomorrow and in Saturday's paper.
Just a couple more minutes here before I have to catch a flight
It's such a dumb expression. Why catch a flight? I'm going to board a big steel cylinder and hope it gets me from one side of the country to another. Carry on.
I don't do report cards. Not my thing. I guess for entire season I'd go with a B. I picked Mizzou to go 7-5. They got there, just not the way I expected. Harris didn't start because he missed four practices with the flu, but he saw limited minutes because he couldn't stop wasting possessions - and Geist was far more efficient with the ball. Martin is going to play the point guard who gives them the best chance to win based on how they're playing in the game. Harris didn't help his cause last night wildly dribbling to the baseline and throwing the ball out of bounds or off a defender.
Finish .500 or one game better.
I think the objective should be progress - unless Lock goes pro. Then I think you have to take a measured approach and expect another bowl game but not necessarily eight or nine wins.
I wrote this yesterday, but five of MU's opponents are among the four best teams in the entire country at forcing turnovers. West Virginia, St. John's, SFA, Illinois and to a lesser extent South Carolina. Four of those five teams all have common strands of coaching DNA. Underwood and Martin both coached under Huggins. Underwood coached under Martin. SFA's Kyle Keller replaced Underwood and kept his defensive philosophy. They don't all press full-court, but they trap, they pressure, they deny passes. To some degree they all gamble to force turnovers, and Mizzou has been vulnerable to those styles. Here's the positive spin: Mizzou won three of those five games.
Thank you for the kind comment. Much appreciated.
Yes, I think you'll see swifter coaching moves to comply with the early signing date. It might be an unintended consequence that puts more pressure on coaches and ADs.
All contracts are different. And they all have buyout language. I touched on Heupel's situation earlier. I think there's a chance he stays if he doesn't poach from Odom's staff.
I haven't been to Ole Miss' new arena yet, but Arkansas has a great arena. Tennessee, too, if it's full. Auburn is underrated. They built it small on purpose and when packed it seems much bigger and louder than the capacity would suggest.
He's no higher than the third option. Martin gave him a chance to run the final possession of the first half last night and he threw the ball away. When he plays I think you'll see him play off the ball as a shooter - not a primary ball-handler, unless others are in foul trouble.
He did the interview only because it was Tom Crean and Crean agreed to not ask any important questions about when Porter would return to the floor. Local media got to talk to Michael on Tuesday. All good.
He is not practicing with the team.
OK, folks. I'm out of time and have to travel. Thanks for taking part.