It's a loaded backfield. To say his role will expand would mean either Crockett or Rountree will get fewer touches. So, hard to say at this point. Cornell Ford is a very fortunate coach. He's got three really good backs - and a promising fourth option in Bakare.
I'd have to think about that. We've all asked our share of dumb questions, but nothing was more embarrassing - or should have been - than the time College GameDay's crew came to Columbia in 2010, met with local reporters for a round of interviews and a radio personalty from Oklahoma nearly assaulted Erin Andrews while trying to hug her and telling her how gorgeous she is. It was a terrible scene. I felt awful for her. I still have the moment on my tape recorder.
I don't see why Okwuegbunam would leave. He didn't have a great year and he lost a third of the season to an injury. Should he declare, he might not be able to work out like he would need to before the combine because of the injury. He's got a lot of room for improvement if he wants to be a first- or second-round pick.
Yes, there were discussions but they ended there. Once it was time for the Big Ten to make a decision, there wasn't mutual interest. And then the SEC offer presented itself.
If the coaches believed one of the current QBs gave them a better chance they wouldn't be recruiting Bryant.
That might be a good one for next week. I'll try to remember.
They've only played two home games. Listed attendance for both was in the 9,000s. That seemed a little generous to me for Tuesday. I'd say more around 7-8.
I'll do that once the season is over. They still have a game left!
This team isn't that bad. Tilmon and Mark Smith have more upside than just about every player on the roster during the Anderson years. Geist and Puryear are better as seniors than they were as sophomores. I'm not sure MU has the pieces to finish better than 9th or 10th in the SEC, but those Anderson teams were among the two or three worst teams across all the high-majors. Someone tweeted at me during the Temple game that this was the worst Mizzou team he'd ever seen. Well, that person either slept through 2014-17 or was an infant.
Odom has a buyout. It's his base salary ($450K) for every year left on his contract. Easy answer: Leverage. Gus has been wanted at other schools. Odom had offers from two places in 2015, Missouri and Memphis. MU didn't have to offer him more than it did to hire him.
They can't play 40 minutes. The season's too long. The competition is too good. If Pinson stops throwing ridiculous one-handed no-look passes into the stands he can develop into a serviceable player. He's got great quickness and a soft little jumper. But he's a liability every time he passes the ball. Watson just tends to disappear out there. I'm not sure he can consistently create his own shot.
For the last year Martin has raved about Tilmon's ability to run the floor but we never see that part of his game. Martin wants to be more up-tempo, but the guards just don't push the pace and I'm not sure the bigs do enough to run and get open.
I'm glad someone asked (not about the balloon.) I think some casual fans are under the impression Kelly Bryant was an elite player at Clemson. He didn't make honorable mention All-ACC last year. The league had a first, second and third-team QB, plus honorable mention selections, and he didn't get any of those honors. He was accurate and led the ACC in completion percentage (65.8) but was just sixth in efficiency (131.7). In nine ACC games he threw seven TDs and four interceptions. We're not talking about Deshaun Watson here. He's got experience. He's been part of a winning program. And he can create plays with his legs: He had nearly 700 rushing yards last season. Clearly he would be an upgrade from what the team has on the roster, but let's not make plans for the Heisman presentation.
I'm not trying to downplay the impact Bryant would have on the 2019 team, but he played for a QB-friendly system at Clemson that has produced some of the game's most prolific quarterbacks over the years (Watson, Tajh Boyd, Trevor Lawrence), but wasn't a superstar for that program.
Neither have talked to the media since the injury to my knowledge. I would not expect Jontay back for next season. If he's serious about having an NBA career, he's already cost himself untold dollars by coming back for his sophomore year. He's still appearing in 2019 mock drafts. Nerlens Noel tore his ACL in February and was still a top 10 pick four months later. That's not to say Jontay was as good as Noel or will be a top 10 pick, but teams could still be interested in him if he doesn't play another college game.