I think most are ready for the drama to be over, but to some extent Martin knew what he signed up for, just in terms of the family being unique. The Porters certainly brought a lot of attention to the program and helped sell a lot of tickets. They were good for business when Mizzou definitely needed the revenue and the exposure.
I don't think it's out of the question, but a lot of things have to go right. Either all or most of the returning players have to make improvements on their game. Dru Smith has to live up to the promise. So much rides on Tilmon. He has to be able to stay on the floor and become the consistent impact player he's been in flashes.
I wouldn't consider him a definite part of the rotation. His playing time was fairly sporadic most of the year. He made some important contributions at times.
His academics were fine in terms of grades. He had a 3.0 GPA, but for the fall semester he was carrying only nine hours after dropping a class. He left the team because he wanted to play more, not because of academics. If he lands at another Division I school he could appeal for another year of eligibility after only making one appearance at Mizzou. I'm not sure what kind of chances he'd have at winning that appeal, but it might be worth a shot.
Simple answer, he has to do more ... and win more games early. Winning eight games and losing to a .500 Big 12 team in a mid-tier bowl isn't going to wow the rest of the country, especially in the College Football Playoff era where so much (too much in my opinion) is focused on the playoff race with little regard to anything outside of the playoff bowls. He's done a nice job bringing some stability to the program. But each of the last two seasons Mizzou painted itself in the corner with a bad start, and when that happens at a program like MU that isn't as high-profile as others in the league, you become an afterthought from a national perspective. A stronger start will move the needle. Fortunately, the 2019 schedule sets up more favorably for a stronger start.
I'm not sure about that. He was more accurate at Clemson than Lock was during any season at Mizzou, but Lock also threw a lot of deep balls with a higher degree of difficulty. Bryant's running dimension adds a wrinkle to the offense.
OK, folks. That's all for today. We'll do this again next Thursday. Thanks for playing.