Yes, I wrote about it in Tuesday's paper. Just a mistake by the equipment staff. It didn't bother Larry.
I agree. Most coaches - not all, but most - stick with old school philosophies that don't always line up with modern thinking. I'd like to see coaches take more chances. Missouri attempted to convert only 15 fourth downs all season. That ranked No. 106 nationally. Only 11 Power 5 teams attempted fewer fourth downs; and six of those 11 came in the SEC.
I think the reaction (overreaction) is very typical of any fan base that's not consistently winning championships. I have three regular emailers who write me very angry messages every day after a Missouri loss and usually demand that MU fire Odom. On Tuesday I heard from all three for the first time since Oct. 28. (Check MU's schedule to see what happened on Oct. 27). That's how fans work - and it's not all fans. It's the 10 percent who are habitually irate after anything that goes bad. There's another 10 percent that sees past every loss, mistake and indiscretion and gives the home team the benefit of the doubt. The vast majority of fans are in that middle range. Sometimes all three sides have valid points. Sometimes not so much. That's what makes sports fun and compelling.
I was a little surprised but not stunned. Texas played better late in the season. They were the more physical team. UGA looked disinterested early. Fromm was not as sharp. The UGA running backs didn't have any running room.
He was second-team All-SEC on my ballot - and earned that spot on the AP All-SEC team. The two first-teamers were All-Americans and will be first-round NFL draft picks. Pro Football Focus rated him as MU's second-best defender for the whole season,behind only Cale Garrett, though the bowl was definitely his worst graded game of the year. MU left him on an island in man coverage and OSU took advantage of that. After giving up some completions that he wasn't giving up during the season, you've got to wonder how it impacted his confidence. Still, I think he can be an All-SEC player again next year. He showed much better awareness and focus this year. He drew only two pass interference penalties all year, the questionable call against Kentucky and one on Monday. He'll bounce back.
I'm not sure. I would say winning more games, but MU beat a really good Florida team on the road this year and came back to a lot of empty seats for the final two home games and all the reasons we hear every year about empty seats. Deer season. Cold weather. Bad kickoff times, etc. It sure would help if MU wins more games in September and October and doesn't lose the fans' attention with early losses, but even then, I'm not sure if we'll see the stadium packed anytime soon. If Missouri is 5-0 heading into the homecoming game against Ole Miss on Oct. 12, will the stadium be at capacity? Maybe, but I'm not 100 percent sure. What if they're 8-1 or 7-2 when the come off the road to host Florida on Nov. 16. Packed house? I'm not sold.
I understand the frustrations. Of course there are going to be some after that game. MU had a really messy win against Vanderbilt in November. Turnovers, bad tackling, etc. But they won, barely - and beat a better team that OSU, in my opinion. But I don't recall hearing any complaints the following week about how poorly coached the team was in a really sloppy game for both the offense and defense. But it's a game of inches, and against Vandy, MU made just a couple more plays in the end. Same for OSU on Monday. If Lock lunges forward another couple inches and the safety doesn't strike him in the same spot, he gets the first down and maybe scores a play or two later. I just don't look at close games like that, with so many big plays on both sides of the ball, the same way you would a loss like last year's bowl game. MU wasn't clean enough to win - but did a lot of things better than OSU. Fewer penalties, fewer turnovers, far more yards. Hell, OSU nearly gave the game away with a fake punt deep in their own territory. That's just not a game where I can come away thinking it's some grand indictment on the coaches or the program.
I think it's reasonable to expect a minimum of 6-7 wins every year. That should be the baseline. Some years you're going to be a little better and have some breaks in the schedule and win 8-10. Then forces are going to align once every 8-10 years and you can have a loaded senior class and a couple impact All-American players and push for the division title. That's how the Pinkel years broke down. I think the same is possible for Odom. But for this program in this league considering the resources for MU and its competitors, 4-4 conference seasons will be a healthy norm more often than 6-2 or 7-1.
They sure seemed conservative. Knowing OSU would get the ball first in the third quarter, MU seemed content to not give the Cowboys two straight possessions. I thought they should have been more aggressive. Maybe it was a case of OSU playing conservative coverage and taking away the deeper routes. There just didn't seem to be as much urgency when MU had the ball. We didn't get much time with Odom for specific game questions after the game. He seemed more consumed with talking big-picture about the seniors - and we never get assistant coaches after the game. Otherwise, that would have been an obvious topic to discuss. Dooley calls plays on offense, but if Odom wants the offense to take its foot off the gas and go conservative, that's his call.
I don't see how he could hurt, unless he just can't play. But he's considered an elite pass-rusher. I don't think adding one juco is make or break for the program, but adding him wouldn't hurt. Missouri needs someone who can get to the QB.
I haven't interviewed Travis.
Lots of questions that really didn't enter my mind when writing about the game. I assume the home-road team alternates every year between the conferences. As I wrote earlier, someone in the equipment room goofed on Rountree's jersey. He wasn't upset.
I was in Memphis and didn't cover the game.
Yes, it was a great podcast. Tim does a great job with those. I covered Mizzou through most of Snyder's time at Mizzou, though I was mostly on the football beat at the time. I was the hoops beat writer at the Tribune for about half a season when we had some staff changes mid-year. Not sure what specific things you're asking about. I'll share what I can.
I didn't think he had a very good year. He wasn't as focused, not nearly as sharp. He's got insane skills as a tight end that weighs around 270 pounds. I think he could use another year in college, especially after the injury.
No. They signed a couple guys who can play on the edge, but I doubt they pass the two they signed last year, Hansford and Jeffcoat.