Greetings, chatters. Change of schedule this week so hopefully we'll have plenty of questions today. I'll be here for the next couple of hours.
I'm not sure how much he would have helped himself with another year playing behind Rountree. He's a 225-back with decent speed but is he durable and physical at that size? I wasn't surprised he wasn't drafted. At the same time, there's a long history of undrafted running backs earning roster spots - and Houston isn't exactly loaded with established players at the position. If he stays healthy and has a strong camp he might have a shot.
He had a good year, far from great. I thought the best stretch of his career was the second half of 2017. He wasn't nearly as consistently disruptive during his senior year. I didnt' think he played with the same amount of explosion this past year. That's just my observation. Again, good player, occasionally very good. But he didn't strike me as someone who would be high on draft boards.
Again, good player with some great moments, but he wasn't an elite college punter. He wasn't first- or second-team All-SEC. He was 16th nationally in punting average. Becoming an NFL punter is a really difficult market to crack. Only the very elite get contracts.
You mean Odom's staff is more active in recruiting than Mizzou staffs in the past? I'm not sure about that. There's just more activity on social media now than ever. Recruits make their offers public more so than ever before. And I'm not sure how you're measuring recruiting being more diverse? As in MU is recruiting players from more regions? That's true to some degree. They do more position recruiting now than regional recruiting. If AJ Ofodile comes across a tight end he likes in Arizona he'll go after him and try to sell the SEC. It's how Cornell Ford landed Rountree. He's from North Carolina and the local ACC schools weren't taking much interest. Ford sold the SEC and Rountree was intrigued.
In hindsight, I'm not sure it was the right move. But the move wasn't made with the luxury of hindsight. Mizzou didn't have faith in the Big 12 - and at the time the best move was leaving for the SEC. I didn't fault them at the time and don't now. But if Mizzou had a crystal ball in 2011 and knew how challenging it would be to compete on the field and financially in the SEC - while knowing that the Big 12 in fact did not implode - would Missouri had stayed in place? Maybe. It's such a broad hypothetical it's really impossible to answer with any certainty.
Both teams would probably be at-large selections for NCAA regionals at this point. Baseball's RPI is No. 24. The softball team's RPI is 33. I give both teams a lot of credit for overcoming low outside expectations. The baseball team is good enough on the mound to beat any team in the country - and won't be an easy out in a regional. Bieser has done a really good job of building a team that can win in the conditions at Taylor Stadium, and they do it with the smallest crowds in the SEC.
I'm interested, but I'm from St. Louis and work for the St. Louis paper. But I can't really measure the other 110,000 people in Columbia. I'm not exactly heading out to the bars to watch the games these days, but in past years there were always decent crowds gathered at certain places to watch the Blues.
I touched on this earlier but Martin doesn't seem to be grazing for just anybody who's available at this point. He adds three key pieces for next season: Dru Smith, Mario McKinney and Tray Jackson. Also, Parker Braun should be in the rotation. So it's not like Martin isn't adding to the roster.
Not at all. A man saying names into a microphone for three days isn't my idea of fun.
I'd like to do some more intel on the rest of the division before making a prediction, but no reason 9-3 isn't possible. Missouri will be underdogs at Georgia. I could see two losses coming from West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina. Three of those four games are at home, so as long as the Kelly Bryant experiment works and the defense is better than average, this team should be competitive every week with a chance to win nine, 10 games.
You guys like the hypotheticals today. Both would have had more success at Missouri than Snyder but I doubt either would have stayed long, until a blueblood job offered them more money and more prestige. The unknown is who would have Mizzou hired to replace Self or Cal? Unless we think one of them would have stayed in Boone County and built a dynasty over 20 years. Both are Hall of Fame coaches and surely would have won a lot of games here.
Nothing different than what I wrote last week. He's still on the staff, still recruiting. He has another year on his deal. As long as he wants to stay on staff for 2019-20, he'll likely have that chance but maybe in a different role. If Martin scrambles up the staff, I'd expect Marco Harris to get a look as a candidate to get promoted within the staff.
Mizzou's record will have zero impact on the appeal. This is a five-person committee that doesn't give a hoot about Mizzou's W-L record or the team's buzz or Mizzou fans. That's the way it should be.The appeals committee has to decide if the infractions committee made the correct ruling and handed down the appropriate sanctions based on the evidence and the rules. Whatever happens on the field in the fall will have and should have no bearing on the committee's decision.
The only time I get sad in the press box is when the coffee is stale or runs out too soon. I've written about countless games that were disappointing losses for the teams I've covered. The locker room at the 2013 SEC championship game was a pretty morbid place. That team was a special group and believed they were going to be in position to win it all.