Greetings, Mizzou chatters. I'll be here for the next couple hours. Bring on your questions, comments, complaints or compliments. Some will be more welcome than others. Let's do this.
The program needs some stability, a coach with with a proven track record as a head coach or an assistant from a successful staff. I've heard some names in the mix but nothing I can report here. I know fans would be happy to see former MU assistant Pete D'Amour get a look. He's the head coach at Kennesaw State and took his team to an NCAA regional, but I would not expect him to be interested in the job from what I'm told. He was Ehren Earleywine's longtime assistant and close friend. Also, I'd be surprised if Sterk would hire someone with close ties to the coach he fired 12 days before the start of the season.
The record speaks for itself. Missouri's three recruiting classes under this staff (2016, 2017, 2018) have included five HS players from the St. Louis area, all in 2016: Ballard, Scales, Alton, Simms and McCann. Alton and McCann committed when Pinkel was still coach. Obviously Mizzou has recruited and offered far more STL players in those three classes. Ohio State came in and signed two players over the same span, the two CBC receivers, Babb and Brown, earlier this year. Ohio State recruits high-profile players on more of a national level. Meyer can swoop into a market like St. Louis and nab a player or two. Other programs have done that in St. Louis, too. To some degree, it's hard for Missouri to compete with the Ohio States and Oklahomas when they target a local player and make their sales pitch. Not to say Missouri should wave the white flag when it's up against a national power, but it's an uphill climb. What should be more concerning is when programs at a similar level as MU that doesn't have proximity as a sales pitch comes in and signs area recruits. But like I've said for years, St. Louis is always going to be competitive recruiting territory for Mizzou, whether the Tigers are going 7-6 or 14-0. It's close enough for coaches in the Big 12, Big Ten and SEC to swoop in and recruit multiple players in the same class. The competition isn't going to disappear as long as the talent is here.
Games, yes. I'm not sure about practices. There's a strong core of former Norm Stewart players and some from the Snyder years who stay engaged and come to games.
If Jontay comes back - we'll know for sure by 11:59 pm next Wednesday - then there's no reason we can't expect Missouri to contend for a spot in the NCAA Tournament in 2019. He's a first-team preseason All-SEC player if he returns. He's a legit scorer who does so many things well that he'd make every player on the floor better, from the point guards to the shooters to the other bigs. Without Jontay, this team will have to overcome a lack of established scoring and size to push for 20 wins and an NCAA tourney spot. That's not to say it can't be done, but he's a known commodity. A lot of the other roster pieces are not.
Senior has said he plans to stay at Mizzou whether or not Jontay is back at MU. Of course he would say that. He's under contract for another two seasons. I would expect him to say that. Should Jontay stay in the draft I would still be surprised if Senior is part of the Mizzou staff. And this isn't a hunch or gut feeling.
I'm not sure about that. I really don't get too bogged down with the ticket sales strategies. It's not really part of my realm.
Allouche because he can hit the 3
I don't have one. Obviously someone is telling NBA writers that he's leaning toward coming back to Mizzou. It would seem very intentional for that info to leak to multiple writers who cover the draft closely. (I am not one of those.) It could also be a diversion tactic. I wouldn't be surprised if he comes back to school, but it wouldn't shock me either if he has a workout with a team that really likes him and it sways him toward staying in the draft. There are 30 first-round selections, and I guarantee you on May 24 there are twice that number of draft prospects who believe they're going to be first-round picks. If the Porters get reliable intel that he won't be a first-rounder then he's got a compelling case to come back to MU, get in better shape, polish his skills, develop a post game and enter a much weaker draft class in 2019.
Both Mizzou and visiting teams will use temporary trailers as locker rooms for this season. I'm not sure about the Tiger Walk.
Because the 10 SEC teams chosen were picked for a two-year cycle. Mizzou was not chosen last year, nor were Auburn, Mississippi State and LSU. It's a shame because Auburn is the defending SEC champ and should be really good again. Mississippi State might be preseason top 25. LSU is bringing in a strong recruiting class. I don't know why the SEC locked in its 10 teams on a two-year cycle. That seems shortsighted.
Actually, MU was slow to offer and that's a reason he ended up at Oregon. Injuries set him back with the Ducks, but as long as he's healthy, I think he can add something to this offense. If anyone can unlock his talents it'll be Mizzou's receivers coach, who happens to be his dad and was his head coach in high school.
I've had both this week, and I'll say it's a tie. I will say Booche's burger buns seemed off this week. Something was different and not as good.
We'll drop each other a note on social media every so often. He's a good dude, always has been. I'm not sure he has any ambitions to get into coaching. He's got a business on the side that he might want to invest more energy in once he's done playing. He would be a great coach if he ever decides to pursue that. He hasn't played a lot of football in the NFL, but he's sat through countless meetings and gone through countless practices. He knows the game, has played for smart coaches and would be a good teacher if he decides to go that route.
From what I understand they haven't narrowed their choice to a single coach yet. There has been contact with some candidates to my knowledge but I don't know to what extent.
There just isn't a lot of options logistically. All of the available space within proximity of the stadium is going to be a construction zone. Either way, it's not a big deal. It's one season of inconvenience.
OK, folks. It's that quiet time of year, and even quieter on the chat. We'll do this again next week. Enjoy the holiday.