Not every quarterback Mizzou has signed has become a starter, but if you go back to 2002, the right guy always won the job. Sonny Riccio went on to play some at Delaware but he was never beating out Brad Smith. Chase Patton was highly recruited and never started, but he had a guy named Daniel ahead of him. Blaine Dalton could have developed into a starter but he cost himself any chance of that. Corbin Berkstresser filled in for Franklin for half a season and struggled but stuck around the rest of his career. Tyler Gabbert didn't stay long enough to climb the depth chart.
I'd go with Terez Hall. Cale Garrett is a solid player, gets a ton of tackles, but Hall might have more upside as a playmaker, getting tackles for losses, forced fumbles, interceptions, etc. It's a strong tandem.
I don't know how serious his ambitions are to be a head coach again. If so, he might want to parlay a strong season or two into a HC job, but if not, it's a decent gig he's got now. That $900K salary can go a long way in Mid-Missouri.
I didn't hear the interview. I know he wasn't happy with Rolandis Woodland's career at Mizzou. The staff gave him chance to prove he could catch the ball and be a factor and he never developed. I guess D.J. believes it's the coaches' fault.
Mizzou needs some good positive P.R. This can't hurt. It's not going to win Lock the award, but it'll put his name in the consciousness of some people around the country. I salute MU for being proactive with Lock. MU realize that the team has to have success for him to have any shot at an award like that, but you can't win games in June. But you can build up the hype and awareness.
Yes, he taught at Ladue. Hi, Dad, if you're reading.
I'm not sure about that. His dad debunked the reports that Michael will have to sit out his rookie year, but the summer leagues will start soon. He might not be ready for the contact and full-court action.
I don't think there's a right answer. Both programs have reached their conference championship game and since undergone HC changes, a couple in Nebraska's case. Big Ten payouts are expected to exceed the SEC payouts - in excess of $50 million per school - for the next fiscal year, though Nebraska didn't initially take home a full share from the Big Ten. Either way, I'm not sure there's a drastic difference. Big Ten hoops has been better than the SEC for the most part since both schools left the Big 12, though the SEC is on an upswing. I think both sides can make a fair argument, though I'd contend Nebraska has developed more natural rivals in the Big Ten than MU in the SEC.
I've always thought Mizzou was a more logical, natural fit for the Big Ten, as did others at MU who held power at the time. For all the reasons you mentioned. Culture, proximity, academics, etc. But the timing didn't work out. The Big Ten preferred Nebraska at the time and wasn't looking to expand further. Missouri needed somewhere to go and the SEC was at 13, needing one more member for an even number. I don't think Mizzou regrets the decision, because in reality there wasn't a decision. The Big Ten ultimately wasn't an option.
I get the fatigue but some fans are still interested. I'm not reporting from the draft tonight but will have a story online and in Friday's paper.
Miller has struggled to stay healthy. I want to see what the two freshmen can do. I would think at least one of them can push for that No. 3 job, but the staff has always liked Downing. Huge upside for the Crockett-Rountree tandem.
Yes, he played last season at Austin Peay. He had 18 tackles in four games for the Governors.
I wouldn't expect him to pick Mizzou. He just visited Notre Dame recently.
Bad shape? They're going to be preseason top 25 for sure. They have some forwards who will produce. They'll be challenge inside some, but MU is stacked at guard with Cunningham, Aldridge, Smith, Troup, Roundtree, Berg, etc. I think they'll be fine. They'll need their guards to rebound, but they'll be an up-tempo perimeter-oriented team.
Sorry. I misread. Look at this way. They're losing a couple key players to transfers - from the last place team in the SEC. How valuable could they have been? Yes, they were productive, but there's only one direction for this team to go. Can they keep that NCAA regional streak intact? Who knows, but MU proved last year you don't have to have a winning SEC record to play in the NCAAs.
Good question. I liked what I saw from Adam Sparks last year at corner. Christian Holmes will make that group better this year. Acy has the measurables. He just has to refine his coverage skills and cut down on the penalties. At safety, the staff is really high on Bledsoe. He might never leave the field. Hilton has loads of athleticism, but needs to stay healthy and translate all those skills into production. They also add Khalil Oliver, the Oregon transfer this summer. I'd be less concerned with the current starters at corner. But not by a wide stretch.
Well, it won't be this year. MU plays at South Carolina with no return game in CoMo. The rivalry might scale back a bit once Sophie Cunningham is done playing, but MU fans won't forget about Staley the next time South Carolina visits.
Meh. I don't get too caught up in how things look. I liked the use of the white M on the helmet last year and think they should use it more often, but otherwise, I'm not too concerned with fonts or shades of gold. I haven't heard anything about upcoming changes.
Possibly in the second round. It would have been nice to interview him the last few weeks but his agent wouldn't allow him to talk to reporters. Oh well.
Yep, scroll down and see what I wrote earlier. Good size/stature. He seems comfortable against a pass rush, delivers a tight ball downfield. Seems like a heady kid. Obviously a lot of schools were after him, not necessarily the blue bloods, but the blue bloods didn't want Chase Daniel or James Franklin either and they turned out all right.
OK, guys and gals, that's all I've got today. We'll do this again next week.