Mizzou chat with Dave Matter

Mizzou chat with Dave Matter

Bring your Tigers football, basketball and recruiting questions, and talk to Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter in a live chat starting at 11 a.m.Thursday.




    Is Sophie Cunningham athletic enough to play in WNBA, and has Robin Pingeton's name come up in the TN search, she is a heck of a coach
  • Athleticism isn't her strength, but she's got a clearly defined skill that will play in the WNBA: 3-point shooting. I'm not an WNBA expert, but I think that's how she establishes a role on the team that drafts her. Come in as a floor-spacing, designated shooter and then evolve from there. The team that drafts her won't ask her to be the 20-point a game Sophie she needed to be for Mizzou every night, but she can find her niche as a shooter. 
    Pingeton's name has not been mentioned in the Tennessee search. I'm somewhat surprised by that. The Knoxville paper has been all over that search and Blake Toppmeyer, who's been covering the search, covered Pingeton's teams in a past life. So if she's not on his list, she's on on UT's list.
  • Dave I think you do an outstanding job on Mizzou coverage. But I am curious on the days like today when you are doing these chats, are you doing it alone or does someone help you with researcha nd fact finding? If you are in fact doing such a great job as a one man show then we may have to change your name to Superman!
  • The chat is a solo operation. The only living being in my vicinity is my 12ish-year-old dachshund Desi, and she's barely conscious right now. (I checked her breathing. She's alive.)
  • Where do you see Mizzou's losses coming in football this year? and what are the toss up games in your opinion
    I don't see Missouri winning in Athens. Odom is 0-6 against Kentucky and South Carolina, and the Tigers play in Lexington. Can he sweep those teams? Not sure about that. Kentucky loses its best players, so it'll be interesting to see if Stoops can reload or if there's more of a rebuild at UK. 
    Toss-up games: West Virginia. New coach, new quarterback, a bit of uncertainty. ... Florida, South Carolina, Vanderbilt.
    I'm not sold on new regimes at Tennessee or Arkansas. Ole Miss had a lot of firepower last year and not much defense but lost its best offensive players. 
    Hey Matter, enjoy these chats, you shoot straight, does Mizzou win 10 in football this year or 20 in men's basketball? I say No, Odom might win 8 or 9 and then Yes, Cuonzo will bounc back,
  • I'm leaning toward 9-3 in football, though 10 is possible if the defense is better than average and the most important players on offense stay healthy.
    Can hoops win five more games? If they can hold onto the ball just a little better this past season they win 17 or 18. It shouldn't take a lot to make some marginal progress to reach 20. I'll say yes on 20 wins - again, barring injuries.
  • Glad to see your embracing your inner tom brady fan. Since it's a boston themed chat day - Sam Adams or Harpoon? Faneuil Hall or Freedom Trail? Celtics or Bruins? Tom Brady or Tom Brady?
  • Inner Tom Brady? Are we in the same chat?
    I don't mind the Celtics. They'll be more enjoyable to watch once Kyrie leaves. Sports shouldn't be so miserable. 
  • Hey Dave, what's your favorite opposing venue in the SEC for football and basketball?
    Good question. I love covering football games in Athens. Open-air press box that's close to the field. Great atmosphere on the field, around the stadium, around town. Very good food. By far the most helpful media relations staff around the league if not the country. (A week before traveling to Athens, the staff mails a hand written letter with your credential and parking pass or will personally drop it off at your hotel in town. They do it right.) 
    For basketball, I like the new arena at Ole Miss. Tennessee is a decent setup for visiting media. When Arkansas is decent, it's a great atmosphere in the arena.  
  • Hi Dave. Do you see us ever moving to the SEC West? I think we’re on better than the Miss schools and Arkansas, and in good years even with A&M and LSU. Obviously Alabama is a different animal but I think to be the best you have to beat the best. I think it would benefit us in the long term. Your thoughts?
    I don't see it happening. It all comes down to football scheduling within the conference and within the divisions and making sure the right rivalry games stay intact. The sticking point with trading Missouri for Auburn or Alabama has been Alabama's two main rivalry games. Under the current setup, Alabama always has its two important games against Auburn and Tennessee, the former as part of regular division play and the latter as its permanent non-division opponent. You shift Auburn to the East under the current scheduling format and now Alabama can only secure one of its rivalry games with the Tigers or the Vols. And Bama won't agree to any setup that costs them one of those games. So, until the league can agree to a different scheduling format than the 6-1-1 format (six division opponents, one fixed non-division opponent, one rotating non-division opponent.)
  • Robin Pingeton needs another Sophie! Who will step up?
    I love Akira Levy! She will be a great point guard next year. As a true freshman she is already a leader in the locker room and was on the floor as well I'm not sure she will score a lot but she can be a leader like Sophie was. Who will be the leading scorer next year? Thoughts
    Amber Smith is the best returing player. She's capable of scoring 20 points any night - but needs to be more consistent. Maybe being the clear-cut No. 1 option will be better for her. Aijah Blackwell should get some immediate playing time to seize that role, and same for Hayley Frank.
    Even with the hiring of Buzz Williams as new BB coach at TXAM, with their 11th place finish this year, it might take his awhile to get it turned around. Mizzou with most of their players returning look to be a step ahead of them. Did A&M pay an outrageous salary to him like they did to Jumbo Fisher?
    The Houston Chronicle reported that Buzz will make $3.5 million. That would rank just outside of the top 10 this year and not far from the top five. He's a great coach. I think he'll build A&M into a consistent SEC challenger, maybe not immediately but it won't take long.
    Do you see MPJ having a long NBA career? I cant see it...
    I'd like to see him play one game before deciding if he'll have a long career.
    Hi Dave
    Right now, the Tigers have 7 guards to rotate next year.
    Who will the top 5 be and which of them may leave due to a perceived lack of playing time this upcoming season.
    As always, thanks for the MU coverage.
    Clem
  • You've got Mark Smith, Dru Smith, Pinson, Pickett and Watson coming back, plus McKinney joining the mix. That's six. Who's seven? I don't see any of those guys transferring. Dru Smith essentially replaces Geist and McKinney becomes an option off the bench. There should be enough playing time for those guys on the perimeter. Now, that doesn't mean someone won't find a better option this offseason, but if we're just talking about playing time, I don't see why that should scare anyone off.
    You referenced Parker Braun earlier. I thought he was promised a scholarship in return for walking on and rejected a scholarship from Arizona, if I'm not mistaken. Wouldn't it look bad to renege on that promise? Also, could he be a rotational player in the future? If so, what type of player could he be? Are we talking about a similar player like his relative, Mike Sandbothe or is there another similar player he could be like.
    I don't think it's accurate to say he was promised a scholarship. That's not really Cuonzo's style.  I always understood the situation as being he would have the opportunity to go on scholarship after his freshman year. That's still true as far as I know. I haven't seen him play enough to really have a gauge for his role or style. I know Martin likes him a lot and liked the growth he showed in practice. He was more of a perimeter player at times but has the height to play the four with some range.
    Will the new south end zone be named by a high paying donor? Or will it have a name. I think selling the naming rights would be a great way to gain some extra $$ for the school.
    Missouri doesn't typically name facilities after donors, other than the Walsworth golf facility. MU has resisted to sell naming rights for Mizzou Arena and Mizzou Softball Stadium.
    Hey Dave, thanks for the chat. Have you ever heard exactly why Frank Haith left Mizzou for the Tulsa job? At the time I was worried he was aware that there were some NCAA punishments coming and he thought he should bail ASAP. But nothing like that has happened (at least not to the Men's BBall program).
    I think you are forgetting the NCAA sanctions that hit the basketball program the year after Haith left. The booster in Georgia who set up a sham internship for players? MU took a postseason ban and probation because of those violations that started under Haith's watch. Also, he knew he wasn't getting a new contract at Missouri, much like he knew he wasn't getting a new contract at Miami when he left for the Missouri job.
    Instead of the usual final four teams like Kentucky, Kansas and Duke being participants this year, it is nice to see teams like Auburn, Texas Tech and Virginia in the final4. Of course, Michigan St is a frequent participant, but I’d rather see them than Duke again. Should be a wide open path for one of those 4 to bring home the trophy. UVA has the best ranking and record, but any of the 4 could win, who do you think wins?
  • It's nice to get some new blood in the mix, but give me Zion over any of these teams any day. Zion in the Final Four would make this a better Final Four in every way.
    I like Texas Tech. Head tells me to pick Michigan State because of the Izzo Factor, but I'm really impressed with Chris Beard, Jarrett Culver and Tech's defense. Let's not forget Tech won the Big 12, or at least shared the title with K-State.
    Virginia and Auburn are lucky to have survived Purdue and New Mexico State. Total clash of styles in that game. Have no idea how to pick this one. At some point Auburn has to miss Okeke, but they've survived without him so far. Just not sure I trust Virginia on the big stage yet. 
  • Will Jay-MAC make an impact if he comes here. Unlikely he can be J-Mac of the old. That guy was a baller.
    I don't know much about the younger Maclin other than he plays receiver at Kirkwood. I don't think the staff would offer him a scholarship if they didn't think he could make an impact.
    What can college football do to get fans in the seats across America? With TV showing almost every game now, how can they compete for those eyes? I know people are more comfortable sitting at home with their friends, popping open a cold one for a hell of a lot less than $7. Grabbing a Pizza for a lot less than $5 a slice. And they don't have to pay $25 for parking or the $50 or more for their tickets. Plus they have cell phone service, cleaner bathrooms, and the comfort of heating and A/C.
    With that said I still go to games, but I am worried that "the times they are a changin". And one day that awesome Game Day Atmosphere we are all used to will have faded by the wayside. SO SAD.
  • The ship has sailed. I don't think schools can do anything to put the ship back in the bottle. I'm mixing up metaphors here, I think. But you get the point. 
    Instead, schools should focus on controlling prices and readjusting seating capacity so they can maximize revenue opportunities on the fans who are coming to the game. That's what Mizzou is doing: They're slashing student ticket prices while maintaining or cutting prices for most of the other seats, while creating new high-dollar seating areas for fans willing to spend more. I just don't think Missouri is going to magically attract 10,000 more fans to games. Winning clearly isn't the answer - because MU has won more games each of the last two seasons and attendance continues to decline. Sure, winning 10-plus games every year will probably draw bigger crowds, but that's not a sustainable or reasonable goal for every season at a middle-of-the-pack SEC program.
  • Then in that case, thank you Superman.
    In all seriousness I don't know how you do these chats solo. Thanks for great coverage and for all your hard work.
  • Superman was also a reporter for a newspaper. Known as Clark Kent! Wow the similarities are uncanny.
  • The pleasure is all mine. I think.
  • I've got time for a couple more questions before I've got to get back to writing. I spent the morning with some of Mizzou's pitchers and their fascinating pitching coach Fred Corral. The guy is a treasure full of stories and could talk the art and mechanics of pitching all day long. I'm really impressed with that that program is doing behind the scenes to try to improve the product on the field. It's a tech-savvy staff that's really embracing advanced metrics and trying to apply them to the talent on the roster. It's working especially with the pitching staff. Read more in an upcoming story. I'm excited about this one.
  • Hey Dave, what was your favorite opposing venue in the Big 12 for football and basketball?
  • I don't say this to be glib or overdramatic, but basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse felt like a religious experience. Even if you despise all things Jayhawk, anyone who attends a game there, especially a Mizzou-KU game, comes away feeling like they witnessed much more than a college basketball game. Special place. Iowa State and K-State were great places to watch a game, too.
    For football, Nebraska and Oklahoma always had that big-stage game feel to it on game days. I loved going to Colorado just because Boulder is unlike any other city in the Big Eight/Big 12. 
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