Since the start of camp the staff has gone out of its way to talk about Beckner, Agbasimere, Hall and Prewett, just to name a few.
Not sure. You would think at some point KU would see the value in staging a game against Mizzou, but they're dug in for now and don't seem interested in relenting. To Mizzou's credit, MU's brass isn't going to lobby any longer.
I've taken my eye of the softball. I've heard some rumblings of some transfers but nothing has been officially announced.
I didn't understand the rationale behind all of that. I haven't read anything yet about why he's changed his mind so much. I try not to get cynical when it comes to college sports, but I've got to will myself to invest brain cells in these recruiting sagas, especially with football. When three-star recruits are producing feature films to tell us which Conference USA teams they've eliminated from their list, I'm out.
Every coach in the SEC or any power conference is under some degree of pressure to avoid a losing season, but a bowl game will give Odom some momentum - not a lot at 6-6 and Shreveport, but some - and signal that the program is making progress.
I wouldn't say they're "waiting." They're just not "getting."
I don't thinks his ACL tear will impact recruiting. ACL tears aren't the devastating injury they used to be. With a good surgeon and rehab plan he'll be able to practice in the spring if he enrolls in college early. He's a top 100 national recruit. I wouldn't expect the blue blood programs to back off a player of his caliber with that injury.
Pressure how? I mean, he's not getting fired if they don't make the Final Four or even if they miss the NCAA Tournament. He's got one of the most-coach friendly contracts Mizzou has ever given a head coach. He's got incredible security with his contract. So, is he under pressure to win? Well, sure, but they're all under pressure to win. You don't go out and sign a top 10 class and then worry about pressure. That's the price of having talent and creating high expectations.
Great question. I might have to come back to that.
You're on the bench. I'll go with Phillips, Robertson, Porter Jr., Puryear and Tilmon.
No, he's a 3-point taker but not a great 3-point shooter. He shot 37 percent from 3 in AAU this summer. That's OK for a big man, but that wont' be his role at MU. Plus, he'll face better defenses in the SEC, without a doubt. He'll have a more defined role that won't call for him living on the perimeter jacking 3s but he's got the range to float out there and make some shots.
I have not. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up at Missouri. There's a wide range of opinions on Trout. There are some coaches who think he's a better fit on the offensive line. Mizzou won't be devastated if he goes somewhere else, especially if it lands the two other linemen from STL.
Tilmon, no question. For one, he's been practicing with college players and in a college system for a couple months.
They had their moments, but yes, they didn't live up to the hype.
He's been in good graces since he paid his ticket and fulfilled the terms of his suspension. Mizzou sent him to Birmingham this summer for a leadership seminar as one of five student-athlete reps for the entire school. He's not making that trip if he's in anyone's doghouse. The staff has high expectations for him this fall.
The last few years the SEC has announced the conference schedule between mid August to the first week in September. So, either any day now or in a few weeks. I would think individual tickets will go on sale once the schedule is finalized.
I had a good chat with Howard Richards about the efforts he and his team are doing to improve relations and build Mizzou's brand in the St. Louis market, starting with elementary school kids, and he's upbeat about all the measures they've taken. I've heard the complaints Johnson apparently made recently for decades - though strangely not when MU was winning double-digit games in 2007-08, 2013-14. Sterk is well aware of the challenges the university and athletics faces and he's working to improve relationships all around the state - not just in one corner of the state.
If we're just talking about seniors ... J'Mon Moore has all the tools. Anthony Sherrils has the speed, but he's got to get back to his 2015 form when he made impact plays. Tyler Howell will get a shot in the NFL. Adam Ploudre will get looks because of his size and power.
Nothing has been finalized or announced.
Yes. But someone has to find it first.
Was there a problem with last year's reporting? We cut back on our Mizzou hoops travel last year because it comes down to cost-benefit. When you're talking about a flight to South Carolina or Florida, hotel, rental car, two days of meals and mileage from CoMo to St. Louis, that's a pricey expense report for a game story on a game and a team nobody cares about anymore. At some point you have to pull the plug on travel when you can pay a local writer much less money to cover the game. That said, as of now the plan is for me to cover every road game for the 2017-18 season. (Utah trip is already booked.) I'll be in Orlando for the Thanksgiving tournament also.