If fired after this year, they owe him his base salary ($450K) times three, so $1.35 million.
I know they worked on it all offseason. They put in new drills. They made it a major emphasis. I can't explain why it's not better.
No drives over six plays - not yards.
It will have an impact on recruiting, no doubt.
There's no way to know that every player quit. I don't think that's the case. But you didn't see great effort by the defense on some of those long drives. Then again, maybe if the offense could get an occasional first down the defense wouldn't have to be on the field for 43 minutes.
He's the best they've had in a while. It's hard to get an NFL gig as a punter. They last forever, not much job turnover. He'll have a shot.
The defense was good enough to win against South Carolina. Not great by any means, but they were on a short field for a couple scores. The defense just can't create its own luck. No disruption, especially on third down.
Yeah, but we're not in the locker room or behind the scenes. These guys get yelled at. Maybe not always by the head coach, but it goes on.
Wilson had a rough 2016. There's no doubt about that. He didn't deserve to be handed the job. The staff wanted a playmaker at safety, and Ulmer was that guy in camp. They can't tell the players that scrimmage performances determine who plays and then not play the guys who scrimmage the best. I know fans love Beisel's fire and personality, but he's had three linebackers coaches during his career and all have gone with other players over him to start. Maybe they're all wrong. I don't think Garrett has been an obvious weak spot in this defense.
Practices begin next Friday. No details yet on when they'll have their public unveiling.
I don't think it's a negative at all. Good for him. If you watch the team on the field during pregame warmups, they huddle in the end zone before going into the locker room for the last time. Last week, it was Aubrey Miller yelling and firing the team up. Some of this was by design. I wrote in August how Beisel, a senior captain, instituted a rule that when the team huddles up on the field the freshmen have to be in the middle. His point was to encourage those newcomers to become leaders and feel like they have an important role within the team structure. Look, if it was only veterans doing the talking the last couple weeks, it wasn't working. Nothing wrong with hearing a fresh voice.
You never make a coaching change based on high school kids' commitment status. Remember when Kim Anderson was forced to keep a Haith assistant on staff just so they could hang onto Namon Wright and Jakeenan Gant? How did that work out. Odom's recruiting ability will be a factor in any decision Sterk makes, but you don't base the call on what a three-star safety in Alabama is going to decide.
They decided to eliminate the exhibition games. They have other plans in the works. That's all I know.
He hired Paul Wulff at Washington State. That went poorly. He was 9-40 in four seasons. Now, at San Diego State he promoted from within the staff and made defensive coordinator Rocky Long the head coach. Turned out to be a good move. Long is 57-26 with six bowls in six years.
I don't know that for sure. You should be able to hire a solid DC for $600K. But the market is thinner if you want someone to have that title but not call the defense on game days.
See my earlier answer. It's never about salvaging recruits. Especially with this class.
Agreed, but college football players and teams are fickle. You don't get consistent performances form week to week. Remember the 2014 Mizzou team? That team looked awful at home in a loss to Indiana and lost 34-0 at home to Georgia. Somehow, though, they pulled off road wins at Florida and South Carolina, beat Arkansas at home to win the SEC East and took care of a decent Minnesota team. All signs so far are bad, granted. But teams evolve over the course of three months. If you're a Mizzou fan, you better hope this team does just that.
The Cross decision won't hurt with the STL kids. But I don't put a whole lot of stock into what these kids are feeling from a week to week basis. Obviously the losing hurts and the negativity on social media can't hurt. These kids pay attention to what's being said about the program and the staff and surely it has some influence on their thinking.