It's not just about the team Brad Davis coached last year. He came highly regarded. High school coaches in St. Louis have raved about him. The current players have raved about him. As a position coach you're going to be measured by the players you coach and develop but you shouldn't be defined by one season.
I have not witnessed that at Missouri. I've seen plenty of intense workouts but not where players are ridiculed or abused.
I'd advise to stop paying so much attention to recruiting rankings. They can be a reliable guidepost to measure a team's talent but if any fan base should know better than to put too much stock into these rankings it's Missouri fans. The two lowest rated players in MU's 2018 class could see the most playing time among the freshmen. Gicinto and Badie. Bolton was the lowest rated of MU's three linebackers - and he'll play before the other two and might be a second-team guy soon.
He might miss a game or two. Any one of the freshmen could move into his role. Maybe Kam Scott. Maybe Khmari Thompson. The staff loves Jalen Knox.
He'll be the third-team tight end at best. He'll have a role in three tight end sets, but you won't see him get snaps ahead of the top two guys.
As a white man, I'm not really qualified to answer that question. It would be naive to say racism doesn't exist in Columbia. It would be reckless to say it exists more or less than it does in other college towns, because I'm not sure how you can measure that on a daily basis. I'll say this, and this opinion is widely shared by people who have lived in Columbia for a long time like myself: This is a far more socially tolerant community than what you see in other places around this state, which is what you'd expect in a college town.
He hasn't discussed it lately.
Garrick McGee (offense) and Ted Monachino (defense). It can't hurt to have more experienced voices around the program and in the staff room. I think those are healthy additions for Odom.
I'll go with Gary. For one, he's alive. Two, I thought he squeezed more out of his teams when the talent wasn't elite. Larry won with his best teams (1997-98) but when the talent dropped off, so did the winning. That said, Larry was a very good coach and deserves more recognition for the job he did at Mizzou.
Huh? Weird chat today, folks.
I know, right? Somehow that's an insult on here?
Hard to say because he's never done the job. We don't really have a body of work to examine to know how he's going to call a game. I don't think you have to get too cute when you've got the kind of talent this team has. But he's also got what should be a strong running game that he can rely on to control the clock. I'm as interested as anything in how he's going to run that side of the ball this year.
If Missouri doesn't sell out the Georgia game this year then I'm not sure why Mizzou is in the SEC. Join the Mountain West or Conference USA. Fans were outraged at the thought of having to play in the Big East back when the Big 12 seemed at risk of imploding, but now MU can't sell out the place when teams like Georgia, Florida and Auburn come visit. I understand that attendance has fallen off across the country and it can be more appealing to stay at home and watch the game on TV, but empty seats is a major reason why MU has a budget deficit. If you can't spend, you can't compete. And if you can't compete, why be part of the SEC?
He could be in the hunt, but with an expanded role at tailback they might save his hits for offense.
Yes. You should see the ones I don't approve to be published.
Well, MU has two St. Louis commitments right now and could add more with this class. Oklahoma doesn't have any. So, 2019?
This can't be real, right? Did we log into Bizarro World today?
The sample size is small but I like what I've seen from Rountree catching the ball out of the backfield. He got past a linebacker on a wheel route the other day and looked smooth.
They'll be explosive on offense. That's a program that doesn't fear the Power 5 big boys. There's no reason Mizzou should lose that game ... but many reasons why they can. If Odom's defense doesn't show up, it could be a shootout.
He's behind Wilson and Scott. I was told Wilson was clearly the best backup in the last scrimmage. I like what little I've seen from Powell, but the staff clearly has seen more from all the quarterbacks. I know this much: No quarterback stays longer on the practice field every day doing extra work than Powell. He's out there a good 30 minutes after the field has cleared throwing balls to a receiver or two.
Missouri has played a lot of man coverage the last couple years under Odom and a fair share of press man coverage. I'm not sure why most come away thinking the corners always play 10-15 yards off the receivers when that's rarely been the case. They really like Adam Sparks as a cover corner. Acy has had a good camp, too. Like anything, they'll decide what this defense is best suited to play and whether that's press-man or off-man or zone they'll go with what they believe is the best strategy.
That's a 10-win team. If this offense can be more consistent - effective against the good teams on the schedule - and the defense is better than average in the SEC, then Missouri will be competitive with every team on the schedule other than, maybe, Alabama. In regular season play SEC East teams are winless against Bama since 2010 and rarely have those games been close to competitive. Otherwise, if Mizzou is elite on offense and beyond competent on defense, it'll be in the hunt in the East.
OK, folks. That's it for today. Lots more coverage coming this week and next as we get closer to kickoff. Thanks for stopping by today.