Could be true. FSU plays fast. They have the depth and the athletes to play at that kind of pace. But they't not an overly skilled team. They don't have shooters like Missouri. And they're not a great defensive team by any measure other than blocking shots.
Mizzou players and coaches said yesterday that FSU reminds them of Arkansas based on pace and pressure defense. As long as MU protected the ball and played sound defense, they matched up well with the Hogs this year.
Good question, but I'm not sure the next wave of McDD AA's will factor the Porter's experience as part of their decision to attend Mizzou. And I'm not sure Martin is the kind of coach who's going to chase 5-stars just to chase them. It takes a certain level of toughness and commitment to defense to play for him, and that's not what every 5-star one-and-done type player wants to experience in his year on college campus. That doesn't mean he won't recruit those kind of players. He had two at Cal. He's got another here at Mizzou, possibly two in Jontay.
Again, I don't think recruits pay much attention to stuff like that, unless we're talking about recruits who are AAU/HS teammates with the players who left. Recruits are confident that they'll have great careers at a school, regardless how it worked out for others in the past. Mizzou did CJ Roberts a favor by be willing to keep him on the team for his freshman year. They didn't believe he could help this year, wasn't a great fit for Martin's style. But by honoring his commitment they made him more attractive to other teams if he wanted to transfer. I didn't sense any ill will from Roberts or his dad when he transferred. As for Harris, Mizzou handed him a starting job before he did anything to earn it. That wasn't good enough for him and his family so he bailed. I don't think that will reflect badly on Martin.
Mizzou's RPI was 24. Only the top 16 teams host. I thought the Tigers got what they deserved after losing to Texas A&M and Georgia late, two teams that were also in position to host NCAA games. And those games weren't even competitive. MU got rocked. Stanford has more losses than MU but a higher RPI because it played a much more challenging nonconference schedule.
Agree to dsagree. I think Crean is great for the league, will raise the standard at Georgia. Great coach? No, but he's an upgrade. His teams at Indiana were really up and down, but the ups were better than anything Fox delivered at Georgia. Crean will recruit his azz off and bring more talent to Athens.
If I could understand that question I would answer, but I need a translator.
I think there's a very good chance he at least declares and explores his stock. Coaches around the SEC expect him to put his name into consideration. As long as he doesn't sign with an agent, he'll have some time to pull out of the draft and return to Mizzou. He's still so darn young, and I'm not convinced he's NBA ready, but if he's a late-round pick he'll go to good, wining franchise. I could see a team like Golden State or Boston snap him up late in the first round and develop him into an impact player that doesn't have to produce immediately.
Agreed. Players can interact with an agent and get information about their draft stock, but they can't accept any services from him or make a financial agreement. I don't think there's anything wrong with getting some feedback from someone in the industry.
Short answer: There aren't many people in this world good enough to play quarterback in the NFL and every team needs backups. It helps that Daniel has never done anything controversial in his career, is a good locker room guy, can learn systems quickly and has a good reputation with successful coaches: Andy Reid, Sean Peyton, Doug Pederson. That last factor can go a long way toward having a lengthy career.
He took a new job the other day: athletic director for Jefferson City Public Schools. I'm not surprised he's going back to his hometown but I never pegged him as an administrator considering his history of not getting along with his bosses at Mizzou.
The team is never prepared for meaningful games? You mean like that long-awaited season opener against Iowa State that was billed the biggest nonconference home game in history? Or huge home games against Kentucky and Arkansas and Texas A&M?
Hard to say what direction Sterk will take there. If they don't make an NCAA regional will that indicate she's not cut out to be the head coach? Is it fair to evaluate her for a job she didn't know was going to be hers until two weeks before the season? If the Tigers aren't competitive and look like a team led by someone out of her league, then maybe he'll consider outside options, but Sterk understands he threw this program for a loop when he fired a successful coach so close to the start of the season. He'll grade Fogue's season on a curve.
Thanks for the note. Agreed. A fun year to cover and for the most part it's a locker room full of bright, engaging guys.
Yeah, ugly situation. Stallings has a knack for not getting along with people. He was pretty unpopular in Nashville by the end of his run at Vanderbilt. That should be an attractive job in Pittsburgh.
The oldest son, Coban Porter, is a sophomore at Tolton HS in Columbia, Class of 2020. I'm not sure he'll collect high-major conference offers. He still has some time to develop, but he hasn't generated the kind of interest that Michael and Jontay did at this stage in their high school careers.
I understand his frustration, but you're right, it's total hypocrisy. Regular students transfer without restriction. Why should athletes have to subjected to such arcane rules. I know coaches and administrators and fans don't want free agency every offseason with their players. They don't want other schools poaching their players. But the coaches flirt with other schools all the time to leverage raises out of their bosses. They leave jobs all the time in the middle of their contracts. The schools pay their buyouts, so there really is no punishment to jump from one job to the next.
I've yet to see a perfectly officiated game. The human element is part of the game. I don't see any reason to think the officials in this game will favor FSU over Missouri. On this big stage the officials know they'll be measured and evaluated. The good ones don't want to be part of the story. At this point in the season you want to see the best players on the floor, not on the bench with fouls. I hope we see that out of all the games in the tournament, not just for Mizzou.
Someone has to be the No. 2 seed in UConn's bracket. For someone who's won so many games and championships she sure does complain a lot about nothing ever going her way. There are hundreds of Division I coaches who wish they had her bad luck. I'm still blown away that she accused the SEC officials of rigging her game at Mizzou so that her best players couldn't get playing time. If Calipari or another polarizing coach made that comment he'd be criticized far and wide.
Yes, it's true Mizzou operated at a deficit in the last fiscal year, but that doesn't mean the department must borrow more money from the university. Athletics finances itself separately from the university accounts. When there's a deficit, athletics can dip into its own reserves to cover some expenses. Athletics usually creates a small profit of a couple million dollars. Yes, some money goes back to the university but in general that's kept to replenish reserves and finance other expenses.
Mizzou does take in a little more than $1 million from the university every year to waive fees for out-of-state student-athletes, but otherwise tries to operate without university subsidies. Now, the UM system helps with major construction projects, but that's paid back through revenue bonds.
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