From everything I've read from people who know Bob believe that he's genuinely done and ready to move past the stress and pressure of the job. That doesn't mean he might get the itch to coach again in a few years, but on the surface this sounds like he's done. His father died of a heart attack in his young 50s. That might have factored into his decision.
I loved the finale. So simple but so deep. I think Nora was lying about going over to the other side, but I like the fact that they left it open to the audience's orientation. The rare perfect series finale.
I don't know if Porter Jr will be a very vocal leader. That's Phillips. The rookies will look up the veteran core, but over the course of a five-month season roles can change.
The program was definitely trending the wrong direction, but the timing is strange. I guess Smith made the decision once recruiting season finished up and the program wasn't able to build much traction on the trail. I would have assumed that Ohio State had someone in place before the news about Matta came out, but it appears they've already been turned down by a few coaches. That's a program with great potential. A solid tradition. Excellent resources, fan base, recruiting territory. Lots of good coaches would take that job - but maybe not in June.
There were many games where Sophie deferred to teammates and didn't take over as a scorer. Porter can get his shot off at any time and will probably be a more high-volume shooter, but I'm not sure we're going to see him consistently shoot 20 times a game. That's a lot of shots.
Coban Porter is a 6-3 guard who will be a sophomore in high school this year. He's still young but all four of his older siblings became Division I high-major recruits. He's got the genes for sure.
Get off to a strong start and take advantage of the schedule. If this season doesn't end in a bowl, that's three straight losing seasons. The SEC East is still the lesser division in this league, but maybe that doesn't last forever. MU needs to capitalize on the current status of this division or could really struggle with recruiting this year and beyond.
Some plays had full-field reads and others had half-field reads. It's pretty common in this brand of the spread offense to limit the reads for a quarterback to just a couple on one side of the field. It's why quarterbacks from this system face a steeper learning curve in the NFL at least intially.
It was a reflection of a coach who was especially candid with the press, maybe to a fault. But that was mostly his first year. He didn't say those things about his third team and rarely said it about his second team. He didn't connect with guys on the first roster, even the ones his staff recruited after he arrived. But he generally liked most of the guys the last two seasons.
They can work out so many hours per week with the strength and conditioning staff. They're considered voluntary, but you can forget about playing in the fall if you don't work out with the team in the summer. The head coach and position coaches are prohibited from overseeing those workouts.
I don't know who the credible candidates are. Mack is pretty entrenched at Xavier. I suppose money could always get him to leave, but to ditch your alma mater in June, that seems like a stretch. Plus, Xavier is no longer a mid-major. The Big East is every bit as good a conference as the Big Ten for basketball. He'd be a home run hire but seems unlikely. Again, unless the offer is too rich to pass up.
Football. Missouri has already proven it can already win the SEC East. If you have a team good enough to win the division, you just have to be the better team for three hours to win the championship game. Baseball is a much longer grind. You've got to have elite depth and talent to either have the best record in a 30-game regular season or survive and advance all the way through the SEC tournament. Both are challenges, but football probably less so, slightly.
I suppose it's possible, but I'm not sure that's what Mizzou prefers. They might want to space out their guard scholarships so that Pickett, Harris and Roberts aren't in the same class.
Fooled how? I think Mizzou hoops will be among the four best teams in the SEC and should make the NCAA tourney. I'll also pick the football team be bowl eligible after a pretty awful four-win season. Is that too negative?
It seems late for an incoming recruit to find another program, but I suppose as long as the season hasn't started it's never too late. Maybe Ohio State just decided it was worth pulling the plug now and not before another disappointing season.
Right now they're only allowed two hours per week. Mizzou chops that up into three 40-minute workouts. But the players can play unsupervised pickup games without any restrictions. Those workouts might not be officially supervised, but I would think the staff has some input.