Hey folks, I'm here to talk Mizzou for the next couple hours. I'll try to get to as many of your questions as possible. Let's get this started.
Right now, Missouri is at the maximum with 13 scholarship players and they only lose two seniors, Geist and Puryear. They just signed McKinney and Jackson to fill their spots. 13 - 2 + 2 = 13. So, if there's no roster turnover, then there isn't room for another addition in the spring. Obviously, there's the Jontay Porter question. If he indeed leaves the program to enter the NBA draft or play professionally somewhere else, that leaves Martin a spot to add another recruit. Or there could always be a transfer.
Derek Dooley is the play-caller. The game-planning is usually a collaborative effort but as far as I know, Dooley is responsible on game days for calling plays. Fourth-down decisions are up to Odom. Dooley will have a play ready to convert a fourth down but it's up to Odom if the Tigers punt, kick a field goal or go for it.
As far as I know volleyball will ride out the season in Mizzou Arena. I haven't heard any updates on the cleanup process. Been off my radar last couple weeks, but I'll look into it. As for naming rights, I've always wondered why Missouri doesn't go that route. But that's been the tradition. You've got Hearnes Center named after the former governor. Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. You've got Simmons Field/Taylor Stadium, named after a former coach and a donor. And you've got Mizzou Softball Stadium. Seems like a philosophical decision, maybe made at a university system level, not to go the corporate route and commercialize the brand. But maybe it's not the worst idea.
I'd stop short of calling Fisch the favorite. He came in for an interview, met with Lock during the interview process. But I'm not sure if I'd say he was ever the favorite. Dan Werner was also in town for a visit and attended a practice during the process. Dooley's name was kept under wraps, but in the end, I think Odom made a good hire. I've been impressed with his approach and results this year.
I was impressed with Vandy's playmakers. That's a pretty good 5-5 team. If they don't make a bowl it would be a shame if Mason loses his job. I like him, like his approach at a program that doesn't have the same resources as the other teams in the league.
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That's been an issue all season and something I said all along would be a challenge for this team. Byers has come on of late. He's been very solid and made the biggest defensive play of the season last week on the goal line. He's not a speed rusher like a Shane Ray or Aldon Smith, but he adds some power up front. Tre Williams has been more productive lately but still isn't the edge rusher this team needs. Same for Chris Turner. The two freshmen will have a chance to earn more snaps next year, Hansford and Jeffocat. MU has a couple commitments from players projected as pass rushers: Shemar Pearl and Arvell Ferguson from Kirkwood. Impossible to know if they'll contribute much as freshmen.
Hard to say why the same mistakes keep happening. It seems like Missouri cannot return a punt without having a block in the back. They've had protection issues on kicks. Kickoff coverage was spotty early but has been better of late. It's easy to blame coaching, but sometimes guys just don't buy into playing special teams and you see lazy play or mistakes. Maybe they're playing too many reserves who aren't as athletic or fast. Maybe there's a disconnect there on some of those teaching points, but I can promise you they address the problems after games.
Name a player Martin's staff wanted who ended up at SLU. They would have taken Gordon, but he was committed to SLU before Martin got to Mizzou. Hargrove and Collins were never priorities for Martin's staff. At one point Collins had a Mizzou offer but once McKinney committed, Collins wasn't someone MU pursued. Similar situation with Hargrove.
Yes, unfortunately to watch the Paradise Jam games you have to subscribe to FloHoops.com. A monthly subscription costs $30. You can cancel after the tournament. I'll make a deal: My flight to Knoxville lands just in time for me to watch the Friday game. I'll subscribe, watch the games and then write about them to the best of my ability. I'll be able to expense the 30 bucks and you can all read my coverage. Everybody wins!
This should be a tourney team, but there's going to be nights where they face a mismatch inside and the 3-point shots aren't falling.
Hmmm, I'd probably go with swimming, just because there's not a lot of interesting play by play or strategy that makes for a compelling story, at least in my opinion. Then again, I don't cover much swimming.
The Mizzou-Kennesaw State basketball game starts at 4 pm Atlantic Standard, which is two hours ahead of Central. So, 2 pm Central.