Apologies for the delayed start. I'll be here for the next 90 minutes to take your Mizzou queries. Let's get started.
I'll be heading off shortly before 1 to stop by the UM Board of Curators meeting where the BOC is scheduled to vote on approval for the design plans/architect for the south end zone facility.
He scares you? Missouri is in the SEC competing against some of the great coaches and programs in the country. You can't be scared of competition. Yes, Mizzou lost out on two STL targets who chose Illinois. But there's also this fact: Missouri and Illinois both offered 10 players who chose one or the other school. Four chose Illinois; six chose Missouri. So, Odom's staff isn't completely losing ground to Lovie.
Yes, we get into that, but it's more of a personal story about his career and his life, not so much the program minutiae. The structure and organization is a defining part of his program, which he owes to Don James. That part of his background comes into play when we get into his transition years at Toledo and Mizzou.
Yes, Missouri recruited all of them and most of them had at least visited campus, some multiple times. There was a time when some folks on the staff believed Goodwin was close to committing to Mizzou. Obviously, he did not.
I wouldn't expect that to be the direction Missouri takes. The program needs someone who knows how to recruit, how to build a modern college roster - not necessarily a savvy Xs and Os guy off an NBA bench. Most recruits think they're going to play in the NBA, but you don't need an NBA assistant coach to convince them of that.
He's going to have to win more games this year to land some of these in-state targets for 2018. They're not going to jump on board on blind faith. Most of these guys will probably delay their decisions until late in the year or maybe even in the weeks leading up to NSD. Missouri's 2017 body of work on the field will have a huge impact on their decisions. The best thing Odom can do to attract these kids is win this fall. They need to be reassured that this program is on the rise and they can be part of the turnaround.
There are so many unknown factors for 2017-18, starting with ... the guy on the bench calling the shots. Whoever coaches Mizzou next year will have the makings of a serviceable nucleus in Barnett-Puryear-Phillips-Walton, but that's not enough to get much beyond the middle tier of the SEC, not the way some of the newer coaches in the league are coaching and recruiting. Look at the progress Bama has made under Johnson, both on the court and on the recruiting trail. Look at what Barnes is doing in Knoxville. Howland continues to recruit well at Mississippi State. Missouri's going to need some roster reinforcements to become a competitive team in this league.
Value the ball. Don't lose hope when the other team makes a run. Be aggressive on offense. Stay out of foul trouble. Hope the other team commits 13 more turnovers than you commit.
Odom has said he'll do some light work during spring practices but should be fully cleared for drills in August camp.
The players will tell you that a bigger, supportive crowd helps with adrenaline and energy, especially with a young team that might not be able to generate its own energy when the crowd is small and/or quiet. I think it's probably more of a factor in basketball, where you're enclosed in a more intimate setting and you're more aware of your environment.
I wouldn't compare Mizzou hoops to those situations. A better analogy would be asking if the worst team in the NBA (Brooklyn Nets) could go on a run and win the NBA title ... or if the Browns could have started 0-8, finished 8-0 and made the playoffs. The Cavs, Cubs and Patriots were already elite teams when they made their championship comebacks over a string of days, not a drastic out-of-nowhere turnaround over a series of weeks and months.
Good question. They haven't announced a schedule yet. All I know is the spring game is April 15.
Yes, as far as I know he joined the team last fall and redshirted.
Unsure at this point, but possible. I imagine a few will leave after spring practices or at the end of the spring semester. It's inevitable some guys won't like their post-spring standing and decided to play elsewhere.
To paraphrase DeMontie Cross: "There's only one school you can pick where you can say you're playing for your state." If you go to your state school and play well you're hailed as a guy who stayed home - the 'True Son' thing. You can't measure the extra level of adoration those guys get when they make that decision. You might become a great player at Ohio State or Alabama or Michigan, but you earn a different distinction as a Missouri guy who chose Missouri. At least that's the sales pitch.
The BOC is voting to approve the design costs ($4.3 million) and the architects chosen to manage the project. If today's measure is approved, I would anticipate the KC firm will quickly get to work on those design plans. I don't know when those will become public.
Close call. Norm wins on longevity and conference championships. Pinkel made football relevant at a place where it had been off the map for decades - and will forever be linked with MU's successful entry into the SEC. Without Pinkel's success there's no SEC, so in some ways, their legacies might be measured based on how the program manages in the league moving forward. If it's an endless struggle, then maybe he's hailed as the last coach that built a consistent winner. Or if MU thrives in the league he's the guy who got it started. Norm's legacy is already set in stone. Local legend who took multiple teams over multiple eras toward national greatness but just short of the biggest prize.
I don't know how close or how close he wasn't, but there was a thought last fall that he was leaning toward Missouri. Lovie made a strong impression.
Two years is is a short hook for any power five program short of off-field scandal, but the heat is definitely on full blast with another losing record, especially with next year's schedule.
To do what? Mustache model?
7 wins. If you go 3-1 in nonconfernece games, 3-1 in home league games and 1-3 in league road games you get to 7-5. Some years, like 2017, you should go 4-0 in nonconference play. Other years, like 2016 with an opener at West Virginia, 3-1 would have been acceptable. But if you're in a division with Kentucky and Vandy, getting to six wins should be a bare minimum. Otherwise, DON'T JOIN THE SEC.