If he's not projected as a first-round pick I expect him back at Mizzou. If he's projected as a second-rounder, he's definitely back at MU.
Robertson, Barnett, MPJ and Roberts equals four open spots. They signed three, which means there's at least one open scholarship for the 2018 class.
But why? Yost was practically run out of town when he left here. Fans were ecstatic. Why five years later is there an appeal to bring him back? I like David. He's a very good quarterbacks coach. But he's hardly the only person in the country who can coach the position. I think Christensen would bring some value to this staff as an elder statesman who knows the program and knows college offense, but I just don't see Odom reaching back into the Pinkel playbook for former assistants. Odom wants to have his own identity and target his own choices, not just collect former Pinkel pieces.
It wasn't just the guards. Jontay had four turnovers against Miami. Martin was upset with the bigs when it came to getting open for passes. Is the problem solved? For one game, yes. But that can change the next game. This team is hardly complete and will be prone to mistakes.
Define legit. Experienced? No, there's not. Hill has been a college assistant for a long time and worked collectively on game-planning, etc., but he hasn't been a play-caller at Mizzou. This is Finley's second season as an FBS assistant coach. He was a quality control coach at Baylor and before that a grad assistant at Oklahoma. He wasn't calling plays there. Ford was a cornerbacks coach for 15 years before last season.
He's hit a few shots this year, but not very consistently. He's not playing heavy minutes, and I don't think that will change as long as everyone stays healthy.
Why does it have to be one or the other? They play different positions. If you're talking purely about their value on this roster, I'd go with Tilmon because I'm not sure MU has another center who can effectively play 20-25 minutes per game. Porter can play the five, but he's much more effective as a four because of his shooting range. At the four, Missouri has Puryear who can play heavy minutes and be productive.
They have ridiculously high standards at Florida. But I think they made a very sound hire in Mullen. Florida's in position to be the second-best team in the East as long as Mullen continues to develop quarterbacks and build competent offenses.
I can't speak for what others are leaking to others in the media. All I know is I was told Freeze would be a "longshot" as long as Jim Sterk is AD. Sterk doesn't want drama. He doesn't want undue attention for off-field story lines, and Freeze would attract a throng of media attention. Media types around the SEC who couldn't find Columbia on a map or spell the head coach's name would descend on town to write the "Freeze finds redemption" story.
I can't speculate on that. This offense is all based on numbers in the box. Stack the box, they throw. Empty the box, they run. I don't think Finley or whoever is calling plays will divert from what works.
There's zero risk in an extension that adds zero dollars to the salary or the buyout. This extension was the most school-friendly extension I've seen in 20 years of covering Mizzou sports. Frankly, I'm surprised Odom and his agent agreed to it. Anyone who criticizes the extension doesn't understand how college finances work. If Mizzou goes 4-8 next year and Sterk wants to fire Odom, there's nothing about this extension that will prevent him from doing that.
Not sure how I can answer that. You can always ask Elarbee on twitter. My guess is he won't answer.
I don't think it'll take a step backward by returning one of the best players on the team. MU will be stacked at D-tackle. D-end is another question.
That's assuming Grinch wants to coach at Mizzou. Odom doesn't just put up a bat signal and hire the first guy who shows up.
OK, folks. I've got to got to run. Thanks for checking in today. We'll do this again next week.