Here's the deal: You don't see the real questions on TV. For all 14 teams, shortly after they arrive at the hotel, they go up to a private suite where they're met by the local reporters who cover their team and a few select national writers. In Missouri's case, we got about an hour to talk to Barry Odom and his three players in the suite away from the live SEC Network broadcast. That is where I get the bulk of my content to write about Missouri. I didn't even sit in the room when Odom was on the televised press conference because I was with Kelly Bryant in different interview rooms. And the same is true for the LSU writers who interview the LSU coach and players in their suite and Florida and Georgia, et cetera. Once we're in that main interview room that you see on TV, that's the only real chance for a beat writer to ask a question of a coach he doesn't cover on a daily basis. I think I asked questions of Luke, Morris and Muschamp.) If you're writing a specific story about the transfer portal and want to get 14 different opinions on it, that's really the only forum where you can ask those questions.
Bryant won't take as many touches away from Rountree as much as not having Crockett. Rountree is the only every-down back on this team right now who's proven he can handle 20 carries a game. I don't think Badie is that type of running back in the SEC. My guess is you'll see Rountree have a heavier load over 12 games, but if Mizzou controls some of the more winnable games (Wyoming, SEMO, Troy, etc.), it would be in everybody's best interest if they limit his touches and save his body for the more competitive games.
I'd give Taylor Powell the edge for now. For one, he was the backup last year and remains No. 2 on the depth chart. Nobody has done enough to dislodge him from that spot. I keep going back to the fact that Lindsey Scott Jr. did not make the travel roster last year. Mizzou took four QBs to every road game - and not Scott. I have a hard time believing that he can go from no better than No. 5 to No. 2 - especially when one of the guys ahead of him last year, Wilson, volunteered to move to receiver because he knew he wouldn't get much of a shot at QB. Now, if Shawn Robinson's waiver should get cleared by the NCAA, he could get some playing time in four or fewer games this year to help prepare him for next year. If he should get cleared AND he proves to be better than the other backups AND Kelly Bryant should get hurt, maybe he becomes the more permanent backup. But that's a lot of ifs for now.
Nothing that I haven't already written at this point. I'd expect a finalized schedule soon.
I've heard that it's today but Mizzou won't confirm. Most are held in Indianapolis. Generally, the AD, the chancellor and/or president attends, along with compliance officials and the convoy of attorneys working on the case.
Because when those guys are interviewed and talk on the record there's not much significant discussion about Missouri. Sometimes that comes down to the reporter who's conducting the interview. But if there's a way to measure the buzz a certain school has regarding those two guys, I wouldn't rate it high with Mizzou.
Stop the run. Not lose the line of scrimmage. Rush Fromm into mistakes. Not give the game away with turnovers or special teams gaffes.
Missouri certainly can go 8-0 but I'm not sold on the idea of sweeping Kentucky and South Carolina. Odom is 0-6 against those teams. Kentucky might take a step back this year, and I'm not convinced South Carolina is anything better than 7-5. But we've never seen an Odom team start the season off strong. The last time Mizzou opened 8-0 was 1960? Is this team THAT good? Or is the schedule that weak that we're thinking it's possible?
I would think so. He'll do his job there, play great defense, provide some 3-point shooting and do all the extra things he's always done on the floor.
It's reactionary, like most rules. How many 7 OT games ever truly happen? Everybody likes the idea - until it's their team that has to decide its games on one 2-point play instead of a set of downs.
Not just interceptions but creating fumbles, too. And his Houston teams were very good at creating turnovers, too. It wasn't just a Big 12 trend.
I went to some summer league games in Vegas in 2007 just as a casual fan. The quality of the games weren't exactly thrilling, but for people who like basketball and need another serving after the NBA finals - and want to see some recognizable players from college - it can be mildly entertaining. I'm not going to pretend that a Reds-Padres game in July is the most exciting thing to watch either, so if there's a summer league game on TV with some players I like to watch, I'll check out a few minutes - but not much more than that.