A lot of times those titles come along with pay raises. Brick got a raise after his first year on the staff and an extended contract, plus the new title. He's someone Barry believes should be a head coach in the college game right now. He's coached at several major programs and been an NFL defensive coordinator. I'm not sure how the pecking order works exactly, but if Odom were to miss a practice or a meeting for some reason, my guess is Haley would step in as acting head coach, but it would be some sort of collective effort from the staff.
Right now it's Okwuegbunam, then Blanton, then Scales. Christopherson is out with a concussion. I think you'll see AO and Blanton get the bulk of the reps. And it's probably not fair to call Blanton a backup because he could play as much as AO. They love what he adds as a blocker and believe they can get more out of him as a receiver than the six catches he had last season. You're going to see more multi tight end formations this year with those guys on the field together.
I go to every away football game. I haven't been to Tuscaloosa for a football game yet, so that's the obvious place I'm excited to see on game day. Otherwise, South Carolina is always a good environment on game day. Nice town, good restaurants and nightlife.
He announced his top five this week - Missouri, Illinois, Kansas State, Ohio State and Wisconsin - but if one of the bluebloods should show more interest, you'd have to think a Kentucky or Duke could get into the conversation at any point before he decides to sign. We'll see how it unfolds. Obviously a crucial target for Missouri.
Cornell Ford knows he can depend on Downing if the depth gets thin, but he's clearly behind the guys you mentioned and probably Isaiah Miller, too. Ford said Downing will have a bigger role on special teams this year.
I guess you're implying I didn't report the full story last year? There was obvious friction between the two and between Cross and the players. Odom insisted it wasn't about Xs and Os. It came down to coaching style and philosophies. They didn't mesh. Odom could sense that and felt he had no option but to make a change to salvage the season. Nobody on that defense complained about the change.
I think you'll see more freshmen period. They can afford to see how they handle game-day roles in the kicking game and on offense/defense during some of those early games that, ideally, shouldn't be competitive by the fourth quarter. It's uncharted territory for all coaches, so I'm sure you'll see different coaches approach the new rule differently.
Moving on to where? If the offense has a great year and he gets a head coaching offer or a better coordinator offer will he leave? Sure, he could. If the team goes 4-8 he could be moving on, too. But it's late August. I don't think a first-year coach already has plans to leave without knowing what will unfold the next four months.
Not sure what you're implying. That if I write about local recruits they'll go to Mizzou? I don't see the connection. Our high school sports staff does a great job writing about the local high school athletes. I cover them when/if they get to Mizzou. This marks my 19th football season covering Mizzou football in some capacity. Some years MU recruits the area better than others. I don't think my coverage impacts who signs where.
Not sure. Odom seemed hopeful he'd be allowed to return. At this point, I don't know.
No update. He remains off the roster. Same is true what I wrote a couple weeks ago. He was being investigated for a disciplinary issue earlier this summer. To my knowledge that hasn't been resolved.
Yes, Brown or Ofodile depending on who puts together the strongest camp. My hunch is it will be Brown but both will play.
Yes, I'd love to attend some day as a fan or reporter.
Alex Ross didn't contribute at all. Chris Black at least played and made some impact plays. Oliver has worked with the starting defense. If I had to guess now, I would say the starting safeties will come down to Oliver, Hilton or Bledsoe. But expect to see some rotating, at least early in the season.
The access is different at each school, but for the most part in the SEC, reporters don't get to watch scrimmages or live team drills. That's just the way it is. I don't expect it to change.
Lots of energy. Veteran voice. The players seem to respect him and appreciate his experience. It was good for Odom to bring in an established position coach like Hargreaves, someone who's been at multiple schools in this league who's been associated with strong programs.
Yes, he's got some character.