Missouri is the far northwest post of the SEC, and compared to the other SEC East towns that Georgia reporters visit, yes, it's not a longer, less convenient trip. Fly to St. Louis then a drive to Columbia, where it's to find a hotel on game weekends, so often times visiting media either stays in St. Louis or Jeff City or Kingdom City.
Here's why I don't feel sorry for my peers who have to visit Columbia for games: EVERY road trip in the SEC for the Missouri media is long and inconvenient. So, no sympathy from me.
As for the Odom and Pinkel comparisons, that's hard for me to make. The recruiting results speak for themselves. If you win a bunch of games it's becuase you recruited well, either landed the highly touted guys or discovered the hidden gems that developed into impact players. I'd say Missouri has done more of the latter under both staffs. Halftime adjustments are the most overrated topic in college football. Coaches make adjustments from possession to possession constantly throughout a game. Halftime is just an arbitrary stoppage of time. The coaches spend more time getting down from the press box and into the locker room than they do changing their game plans. Pinkel was a head coach for 25 years and has a much broader body of work to evaluate than Odom's 42 games. So, too early to really measure the two. Obviously Pinkel beat better teams than Odom has, but he's also had more opportunities.
Last I heard baseball was still raising funds for outfield turf. They just renovated the dugouts, locker rooms, coaches' offices like four years ago, so no reason to make changes again so soon.