Hey, folks, thanks for joining today's chat. It's game week, so no time to spare.
Thanks for the interest. You know, my schedule will be hectic, but it's hectic covering bad Mizzou teams, too. I'll be on the road more this season for basketball than last year, but not too different from the final year of the Haith regime and the first year under Kim Anderson. I imagine our basketball stories will generate more traffic this season, but it's a lot of work either way. I'm looking forward to it.
I haven't heard any rumblings that Carte'Are Gordon is reconsidering his commitment to SLU.
Great question. He's vanished. He signed with Virginia but wasn't admitted to the university for reasons that were never clearly explained by the coaching staff or the media. He never signed with Vanderbilt or joined their program to my knowledge. That was "reported" on Twitter but never credible from what I understood. He hasn't turned up on any rosters that I know of. Strange situation.
I think that's a bit of an overgeneralization. We also don't know how "even" some position battles are. Was the Brad Smith-Kirk Farmer position battle close to even - or did Pinkel go with the redshirt freshman who had more upside? In 2015 there was definitely some internal debate on the staff about playing some of those older offensive linemen versus the untested redshirt freshmen. Pinkel even admitted they probably should have given the younger guys more looks. There were other close position battles that went to the younger player that worked out in MU's favor, but sometimes we tend to focus on the ones that in hindsight look like bad decisions. As for Beisel-Garrett, the staff was very high on Garrett after both scrimmages. Remember, Garrett played ahead of Beisel early last year, too, so it shouldn't be a huge surprise that the staff might start him over the senior. Beisel doesn't have to start to be a leader - and he also doesn't earn the starting job by just being outspoken.
The Billikens visit Mizzou Arena on Dec. 8.
Oh, you're talking men's basketball? I'm not sure we'll see that anytime soon. Missouri already has an annual game in St. Louis vs. Illinois, and if SLU insists on playing a home-and-home series, I don't see MU playing two games in St. Louis - while not playing a game in KC. (The West side of the state would like to see the Tigers, too.)
I don't know about chances, but in his social media statement announcement about looking at other options he said he wants to consider a school closer to home. That tells me Mizzou and SLU should be in play. I'd like to learn more about his decision to cut ties with Ohio State. There could be more to the story. Usually there is. We'll see how it all unfolds. As for hoops workouts, I've been dialed into football since the start of August and haven't visited with Martin's team in a while. A few rumblings: The staff really likes what Harris brings to the point guard position. Puryear has made a strong impression on the coaches. Geist, too.
I'll go with 200-yard rushing. Crockett's already done it once against Tennessee last year. Granted, that was a horrid Vols defense, but he could break off a few long runs and get to triple digits pretty quickly. There's only been one 300-yard receiving game in SEC history, so I'd say that's unlikely. Maybe Lock gets close to 500 but in any game that's a complete mismatch he probably won't be playing in the fourth quarter.
Vanilla. They'll save plenty for South Carolina.
When the Aggies are playing well it's a great environment, one of the best in the SEC. The only bad thing about the press seating at Reed is they place us right next to the student band and I've almost always found myself right next to a massive bass drum. Hard to carry on a conversation, but all good.
Nobody was saying that last year when both teams were terrible. Just playing devil's advocate here. Just saying, here in Columbia it wouldn't generate a whole lot of interest, not as much as it would among SLU fans.
I'm not sure how to measure that. What if they sign two and they turn out to be great players and the other eight are busts at other schools? What if they sign five or six and they become just average players at Mizzou and the others blossom at other places? No matter how many Mizzou signs, a signing day evaluation isn't worth a whole lot. The 2004 class was considered a monumental breakthrough for Mizzou because they signed so many in-state stars, but most of those recruits never became starters much less stars.
I don't cover SLU and Illinois, so I'm not around their programs to answer how they're approaching this season. There's nothing wrong with pressure. Pressure is good. It means there are expectations. I'm sure Martin would rather feel pressure to win this year because he's got a really talented roster rather than no pressure because nobody has any expectations. Elite competitors, coaches and athletes, embrace that pressure.
Better buy-in will help, but depth and talent will be more important, in my opinion. Josh Augusta had a terrible senior year. His words, not mine. Rickey Hatley was a solid college D-lineman but not a difference-maker. Charles Harris wasn't happy with the scheme change and was consumed with his NFL draft stock. His dad said as much in an interview with the KC Star. Last year's scheme was an easy scapegoat, but the run D was excellent against Georgia early in the season. Pass rush was the problem. I'm not sold on the edge rushers for this team yet, but the depth and talent is much better inside, with a healthy Beckner and Utsey and the junior college additions, Palmore and Brandon, plus Logan.
I'll have a better idea once I see them in a live play where they can actually tackle someone. They all look good stretching, which is about all we're allowed to watch during the preseason. A few teammates have compared Turner's frame and motor to Shane Ray, but that's a bold comparison considering Ray was an all-time great at Mizzou and an impact NFL player.
Again, all I've seen from the backups is April's Black and Gold Game as far as live drills. There are enough playmakers on this team and a strong enough O-line that either Lowary or Wilson could be serviceable should Lock get hurt, but there's a mammoth dropoff in terms of experience, obviously.
These are the kind of games where you can only learn bad things about an FBS team. If Mizzou's defense struggles to tackle, rush the QB, create turnovers or get off the field on third down, red flags should go up. If the O-line struggles to control the line of scrimmage, if the offense turns the ball over a bunch, if Lock struggles to complete 60 percent of his throws, red flags should go up. Mizzou has the personnel advantage to control every aspect of this game. If MU comes out sluggish and disinterested - I don't see that happening - you have to be concerned. But for the most part I expect this to look like most of MU's games against FCS teams, not named Delaware State. (I wrote before the game and still contend after that was the worst opponent Mizzou has ever played in the modern era.) Missouri State should be more competitive but MU has the edge in talent, size and depth.
Will he get fired early if the Aggies are looking good? Maybe if they're looking bad but not if they're looking good. That wouldn't make sense.