No. First off, they're downsizing the stadium capacity, so it's not like fewer fans will deter them from decreasing the capacity. If anything, it helps justify the decision to cap the capacity at around 65,000. Otherwise, the real reason behind the facility is to have a more recruit-friendly and more player-functional building that encompasses everything the team needs in one building.
If that's the next coach's priority, he won't be coach for long. I don't know that Jim Sterk is deeply committed to a uniform style that was in place several years before he arrived.
I don't know about you, but I didn't hear any specific changes he had in mind. I didn't walk away from his postgame comments feeling enlightened about his plans - other than he wanted everyone to know he's the the man to make those plans.
What young players have produced flashes of potential who could step in and suddenly change things? I just haven't seen any obvious solutions on the field the last three weeks. Maybe they see more in practice, but if so, why aren't those young players already playing. If they decided to bench some veterans and go with freshmen it's more based on blind faith - and the staff is clearly scrapping the body of work that led those veteran players to earn the jobs in the first place.
This isn't by any means a defense of Odom, but I'm not sold on Smith at Illinois by any means. The bar was much lower at Illinois when he took over. They were accustomed to losing and being dysfunctional as a program. Odom took over a program a year removed from playing in Atlanta for the SEC championship. But other than beating a bad Michigan State team and a couple mid-major wins this year, I haven't seen enough from Illinois to convince me things are on the upswing there. I like Lovie. His personality is a good fit for the college game. He should be a good recruiter. But the body of work isn't all that inspiring yet.
I was impressed by Odom's staff. I thought after one year of learning on the job the team would be more disciplined and focused this year. It appears that prediction was way off.
No. Auburn manages to bring up the discussion every year in its attempts to escape the SEC West but no movement.
Nate Howard, not Nate Crawford. Yes, there's a talent shortage on defense, but this is his third year working with this defense. And it's gotten progressive worse. That shouldn't happen. 35-3 to Purdue at home shouldn't happen. And don't let the final score fool you. Purdue could have scored in the 50s if Brohm kept his foot on the gas.
Practice starts tomorrow. The team is confident. Martin likes his players. Michael Porter Jr. isn't the kind of one-and-done who's already counting his millions. He's won at every level and wants to win in his only college season. They might not raise any banners after this season but it won't lack for excitement.
It's always important. When you have a light noncon schedule and get four SEC home games, you should always make a bowl.
They don't have one. Arkansas, I suppose, but I don't think a lot of Arkansas fans consider Missouri their biggest rival.
That's the question Sterk has to ask himself. Does a coaching change set the program back further than keeping Odom? Hard to say. If you hire a dynamic recruiter maybe you upgrade the roster immediately. If you hire a proven tactician (on offense) maybe you scheme your way to wins by being a challenging matchup every Saturday.
Because it's incredibly difficult to prepare for it with only a couple practice days per week. Teams don't tackle in practice during the season, so it's a huge challenge to change your whole approach on defense to prepare for a triple-option team that's operated by Power 5 players. I'm surprised more teams don't go this route. It's an ideal system for a team with limited resources. You don't need NFL linemen or receivers to run the system. Just a tough-as-hell athlete at QB who's smart and quick and a fleet of running backs.
Like, in my backyard? Too hilly.
No, he was not. There's a great new book available that details everything that happened in 2015. The co-author is a swell guy.
Mizzou wants to have a presence in KC to placate the curators and donors who initially balked at the SEC move. That's why Mizzou is moving its home football game against Boston College to Arrowhead Stadium. MU would like to play a hoops game there, too, but it doesn't work on the schedule every year necessarily.
Scripted, yes. It was directed toward his critics, not necessarily in the media but the Sunday Morning QB crew who don't believe he's suited for this job. He also sure seemed to want to make the point that Pinkel left him a broken program. Not sure I'd agree with that.
Yes, I might have warned everyone that this defense wasn't necessarily equipped for a turnaround. Hard to really pinpoint what's gone wrong. Terez Hall is a junior who should be hitting his prime. He's a good player, far from elite. Sherrils, Frazier, Beckner and Wilson have all played a lot of college football. Prewett, too, though mostly at safety in another conference. Aren't these the players Mizzou envisioned starting for this team a couple years ago?
No, I read plenty of writers who suggested Baylor should get the death penalty.
I'm not sure off the top of my head when that contract expires. I don't envision Mizzou going with another company.
All those writers who picked Mizzou last in the SEC East and were scorned by fans over the summer. Maybe they were right after all.
On that happy note, that's all for today. Basketball practice starts tomorrow, so look for hoops coverage the next several days in the P-D. Then it's back to football next week. Enjoy the weekend.