Good morning, friends. Hopefully you're all safe and sound, practicing your social distancing and washing your hands. The P-D's Columbia bureau is more crowded than usual for a weekday mid-morning, so bear with me if there are any disruptions. I'll be here for the next couple hours to talk all things Mizzou or whatever else is on the brain.
I have not heard anything substantial on any possible transfers. Odds are, most teams will have some turnover. But I don't like to speculate on any individual player. This is a challenging time for coaches because with classes moved online and all team activities shut down for another four weeks, teams can't have direct contact with their players. That leaves a lot of other influencers able to reach players and possibly sway them one way or another. At the same time, potential transfers can't visit other campuses for the next four weeks - at the minimum - during the NCAA's newly imposed dead period.
There was some traction for the rule to pass, but it seems like it might take a backseat to all the other issues that have popped up in the wake of the virus. But there seems to be enough support behind the one-time transfer waiver that it'll become reality eventually. I'm not sure teams will all follow the same strategy when it comes to taking advantage of the rule, but the coaches with the most to lose are at the Group of Five/mid-major level. Their best players will have countless suitors from the big boys. That transfer door will swing both ways. You'll have young bench players at the high majors who don't want to wait for playing time ... and you'll have the best of the best at the mid-major level who want to play on bigger stages. You'd like to think it'll all even out, but like anything there will be winners and losers. The smart coaches will make the rule change work in their favor. But everyone will be impacted one way or the other.
I can't imagine the NCAA committee members sitting down and analyzing the situation and coming up with the decision to extend the penalty to 2021. I'm not saying the NCAA is capable of compassion or common sense, but how can you go through this global pandemic and then decide to further punish a team of student-athletes, their coaches and their fans for another year - with the kind of punishment that could have an impact that transcends far beyond this year or next? From a legal sense, the NCAA's final decision on the appeal explicitly stated that the baseball and softball teams cannot play in the postseason for the 2019-20 academic year. Now, if the language said something along the lines of "the postseason that follows the 2019-20 regular season" then the NCAA gives itself some wiggle room to argue in favor of pushing the ban to 2021. But that's not the case. It would be incredibly unjust.
Define "exciting offense." The staff wants the guy who can lead the offense to the most touchdowns and victories. If Bazelak proves to be that guy, then he'll be the QB. But for now, I'd give Robinson the edge based on his combination of experience, health and upside. There was no pecking order in the abbreviated spring - at least not publicly. Drinkwitz didn't allow his quarterbacks to do interviews and barely said a word about them when asked. It'll be a bit of a mystery leading up to the first game, I suspect. But if there's a silver lining to the canceled practices, that should give Bazelak more time to heal and a better chance to compete for the job this summer once he's closer to 100 percent.
There will be excitement among the fans for the school he picks regardless of the virus, but he's not going to be able to take any visits over the next month - maybe longer.
Reid's offense works a lot better when he's got elite weapons around the receiver. Sutton looks like a legit No. 1 NFL receiver. Noah Fant can get there at the tight end position. They clearly need other receivers to emerge. Lindsay is a playmaker out of the backfield, but I like the addition of Gordon if he's got any productive miles left. He's only had one 1,000-yard season - but he can get you 50 catches, too. I'd like to see one of the Bama receivers in Denver, Jeudy or Ruggs. That could really open up the entire offense.
OK, folks, slow day here. We'll get back on our Thursday schedule next week. Be sure to check out the latest countdown story of the top 30 athletes I've covered at Mizzou. I think you'll enjoy No. 28.