One-game suspension. No more discipline for that incident.
I'm not sure where the current sales figure compares to past year in late June. In past years Mizzou has usually declined to update the sales figures until closer to the season. Sterk did say that MU has reached 82 percent of its revenue goal for season ticket sales. So, that tells me that they're well on pace for the figure they projected to make on ticket sales. I didn't sense any panic. After back to back losing seasons it's realistic to expect the bandwagon fans to fall off. Mizzou doesn't have the kind of established fan base that will consistently come back after losing seasons. That's why this is such a crucial year on many fronts. Get back to a bowl, start being more competitive for the East and that bandwagon fringe will come back, revenues will be up and Mizzou will have more money to spend on salaries, facilities, etc.
5-7 and 4-8 will dull the buzz of a program that's been through what Mizzou's been through the past two years. The offense led the SEC in yards per game last year and it couldn't overcome a terrible defense. I think there's reason to be skeptical that 2017 will be drastically different. The offense should put up a lot of yards. Will they score points to go along with all those yards? Will they move the ball against the best teams on the schedule? I don't see nine or 10 wins on this schedule unless the defense improves dramatically. If it does, then anything's possible. Seriously. A 2013 redux is possible with a defense that's top four in the SEC. But I haven't seen enough to convince me that's going to happen. I'll happily be wrong once there's something to actually see to convince me otherwise.
I'm not sure. I would contact the university's LGBTQ Resource Center if you're genuinely interested https://lgbtq.missouri.edu/
Not yet. Maybe Arkansas can become that one day. It's going to take some time. It's going to take some bad blood to flow from Columbia to Fayetteville. Eric Beisel stirred the pot last year. More of that and this could develop into a natural rivalry - but the teams need to play some crucial games that have division/conference stakes at play. It would have a better chance to develop into a true rivalry if the teams played in the same division, but I don't see that happening any time soon.
Still suspended. He's got a court date in two weeks. If he's charged with a felony he's suspended until the case is resolved, per athletics department policy.
Ole Miss has responded to its notice of allegations and is now waiting for the NCAA Committee on Infractions to decide on penalties. Ole Miss is facing 21 allegations, including 15 Level 1 violations, the most serious kind. It's a waiting game at this point.
He had three productive games last year. He'll have to show that he can be more productive over the course of a full season. He's the most established edge rusher on this team, but can he do it week after week against the best teams on the schedule? Each of the last two years he came into camp as a leader to win a starting job and fell behind on the depth to a redshirt freshman in 2015 (Brady) and a walk-on in 2016 (Harold.) He came on strong late last season after the scheme change, but can he do it for 12 (or more) games this year? We've seen he can get after the quarterback. Consistent production is the next step for him.
Modern basketball is defined less by positions and more by athleticism, skill and matchups. This roster gives Martin a lot of options and versatility. MPJ is 6-10, but he's not a post player. He'll play on the perimeter. There will be stretches where he's the 4 if we're looking at the rotation through the traditional sense of positions, but that means he's guarding the other team's 4. On offense he'll continue to play on the wing. Puryear is shorter than MPJ but more of a low-block player as a defender, though he's worked on his outside shooting and ball-handling on the other end of the floor. Martin has talked about playing at a faster tempo than his typical style and capitalizing on this team's athleticism. He hired Cornell Mann in part because of his experience coaching Iowa State's NBA-inspired offensive system, that relies more on quick actions than methodical, deliberate set plays. We'll have a better feel for how this team will play once we actually see it play, but I think you'll see an exciting style of play.
It's free but not close. I don't mind the long hike on football game days if the weather's nice. Hoops parking is back by the gymnastics building behind the football stadium.
I like the team that Auburn brings back this year. Otherwise, I don't think there's a preseason top 15 team in the league. Alabama's offense will be loaded. The defense loses some fixtures but will reload as always. Bama clearly the best team on paper coming back. I'd put Auburn a distant second, maybe around the 12th-best team in the country. If I were voting in the AP poll this year, I'd also have LSU, Florida and maybe Georgia ranked.
He stepped into a mess at Baylor but believed the money would be worth it. I liked Mack personally. I think Missouri has strong leadership at the top right now.
Not at all. It's a challenging industry. Loads of layoffs. Very little security. But it's incredibly rewarding if you land a good job and enjoy writing about sports. I would tell anyone who wants to get into the business to be prepared to struggle, be prepared for disappointment and never expect anything to come easily. But if you've got some talent and a strong work ethic you can find your way.
You mean defensive line coaches? Well, Haley has yet to coach in a game. Chris Wilson never coached in a game. Kuligowski put together an impressive 15-year body of work. There's no disputing that. Jackie Shipp was not a good fit for last year's team. The linemen really enjoy working with Haley. His personality seems like a better match for this staff and the current state of the program.
There's more trolling attempts in this chat each week than the readers even realize. I do my best to guard the door.
Post-Dispatch beat writer. I'm good with that title.
No talks to my knowledge. Nebraska only has three noncon spots to fill each year with the Big Ten playing nine conference games. Huskers have most of those spots filled years in advance.
OK, folks. That's all my time today. We'll do this again next Thursday. Thanks