I have to deal mostly in facts not just speculation and probabilities, so I can't write in the paper, "Anderson is coaching his final weeks at Missouri," until someone says that on the record or a trusted sources makes that indication with some conviction. But I also deal in common sense. And common sense tells me I'll probably be covering a coaching change in the coming weeks.
Missouri should be interested. He would be a great fit. He's a Midwest guy. He knows this region of the country. He knows the SEC. He's been a successful head coach in the Mo Valley, SEC and Pac-12. He's recruited at a high national level at Cal despite facing academic guidelines most coaches don't have to worry about. Missouri has been interested in CM in the past, but the timelines didn't work. He would be interested in listening, but there's going to be competition in the market. Illinois could have an opening. Washington. Who knows, maybe Arkansas. And you never know what jobs at winning programs will open when coaches leave for other jobs.
Yes, any savvy AD will be working back channels and gauging the market. It would be irresponsible if he wasn't. That's why coaches have agents, so they don't have to deal with those talks during the thick of the season.
Kermit Davis is 57. Not too old for this job or any power conference job but I'm not sure he fits the profile. He's also got NCAA baggage. It was long ago at Texas A&M, but a program on probation that might be under further NCAA investigation might need to stay away from anyone with an NCAA rap sheet.
Greitens can still re-nominate Sundvold, from what I understand. If he doesn't, mark it down as partisan politics. Jon is a Republican, but Greitens may want to put his stamp on the BOC and not accept the nominations made by his Democrat predecessor. If so, it's a shame, because I think Jon is perfect for the board.
Plenty of Missouri players wear shades and chains. Missouri players have tattoos, too. (Even some sportswriters, like, this guy.) Some of them even listen to hip hop. I don't know the difference between a Miami guy and a Missouri guy. Those labels and stereotypes are outdated. If you went to a Missouri practice and a Miami practice I don't think you could tell the difference. (Little secret here: Plenty of Mizzou guys have had bad attitudes. And not all of them wear chains and like rap music.)
Common sense says Powell would redshirt if he's not the No. 2 guy - or at least until he's needed.
Great question. Pinkel and I explore that topic in his book. Without Brad, Pinkel doesn't last very long at Mizzou and Daniel never arrives. Without Daniel, the program might never visit the national stage ... and maybe never get invited to the SEC. Easy answer is Smith because he was first, but Daniel took the program places it had never been.
Maybe, but I don't think it's enough to salvage the staff. They've got four home games left. I don't see any way they beat Kentucky. Vandy, Bama and A&M are beatable. On the road, they play Tennessee, Ole Miss and Auburn. Best case scenario is you win two of those. (Vols are getting good.) But can a team that hasn't won a road game in 1,078 days expect to win two road games in two weeks? Even if this team finishes with 10, 11 wins - and that's pushing the bounds of reality - I would expect a change.
Considering Pinkel didn't get inducted until after he retired, I think it's OK to hold off on the blackball theory.
He's on the roster. Has played some special teams. But obviously the coaches haven't seen enough to play him in the safety rotation.
4-0 in nonconference. You have to win at UConn and beat Purdue at home. You just have to. Beat South Carolina at home. Split with Kentucky and Vandy on the road. That gets you to six wins. Georgia on the road, that's a loss. Auburn at home, maybe a win based on how much progress the defense makes, but looks like a loss on paper. That means to reach seven wins you've got to either sweep Vandy and Kentucky on the road ... or beat Arkansas on the road ... or beat Tennessee or Florida at home. Seven wins definitely possible. Maybe even eight if the defense is better than average, which would require a big leap from last year. But don't take for granted winning in Nashville or Lexington. Those programs aren't trying to get worse.
Who's going to commit right now when nobody knows who the next coach might be? Illinois isn't getting commitments right now for the same reason. Same at LSU. Kids aren't dumb.
Yes, there's an expectation that Mike's seat is getting warm. As it probably should be. This is his sixth year. He's been to one NCAA Tournament. The Hogs are playing themselves off the bubble here lately. The head coach at a program that cares about hoops like Arkansas cares can never go five of six seasons without playing in the NCAA Tournament.
If Hoiberg is available in the spring and not after the NBA season, then ADs will be tripping over themselves to interview him. His last four years at Iowa State he won 23, 23, 28 and 25 games - and never finished lower than 4th in the Big 12. He'd be a great hire anywhere. It would be an indictment against Missouri - or any power conference school - not to reach out to Hoiberg if he's available. Timing will be the issue. If he's not fired until May or June, well, that's just too long for a college team to wait.
I say shooters who are big. How's that? You need both, but you don't need dominant offensive players inside. You need guys who can rebound and do dirty work inside, who can run the pick and roll and defend the post. But you absolutely need shooters in today's game. Multiple shooters. Ball handlers who can shoot. 2s who can shoot. 3s who can shoot.
I don't think so. Jim Sterk is not a Missouri guy, so I don't see him being trapped by the True Son mythos. I mean, Larry Drew is still coaching, but he's never coached in college.
It take a lot more than 2 cents to fund a state of the art SEC stadium.
That's not an accurate statement because Missouri offered scholarships to only six of the area players. They didn't lose out on recruits to North Dakota State and Miami-Ohio. Other than maybe two or three of the local prospects, Missouri's staff wasn't broken up about losing out on the local market. There just wasn't here in terms of quality or quantity that they couldn't find elsewhere. That changes for the 2018 class. Howard is hired to help build relationships with people in the African American community to improve communication and the image of Mizzou athletics in the area. He's not being paid to be a recruiter.
I don't know what he's thinking these days. I'm sure he's more focused on wrestling season, but I'm sure he'll be asked in the coming weeks, months.
Yes, possibly. He explores that topic at length in his book.
If everyone on the current roster returns next year who has more eligibility, the team will have two scholarship to use: one for senior Russell Woods and one that opened when Willie Jackson transferred.
Like I wrote in recent days, it signals a shift in philosophy. The great majority of teams that employ two linebacker coaches - there were around 15 or 16 in the power conference last year - run a 3-4 defense. One coach works with the OLBs, one works with the two ILBs. Odom's comment indicated Mizzou will run similar structures to what his brother coached at Washington State the last two years. WSU was a base 3-4 defense. So, if that's the plan, it's not unusual at all.
Earleywine told me yesterday the plan is for it to be ready March 1. First game is March 3.
OK, folks. I've got to run. I've copied a handful of your leftover questions and will post on the blog tonight or tomorrow.