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.




    Will Mizzou special teams be a big concern this year? We lost a great punter and we have the same special teams coach ( Andy Hill )from last years horrible special teams. I love Andy Hill and all he has done with and for Mizzou football. But is he the right coach for their special teams?
    Last year wasn't the first year Hill coached special teams. He coached the punters and kickers and other units in past seasons, but this was the first time he was designated coordinator. He's getting more help from other staffers this year. They absolutely need to get more out of the return game. They need to clean up the snap, hold and kicks on field goals and PATs. Before anything they have to identify the right guys for every role. They flipped and flopped on long snappers last season. They need consistency there. They'll need to identify a punter, whether it's McCann's job or it goes to a walk-on.
    Dave great point on the sanctions. But with what Ohio State did the NCAA's punishment is laughable.
    Which Ohio State sanctions are we talking about? In 2011, Ohio State got a postseason ban, lost scholarships and went on probation for three years. That's pretty stiff for some free tattoos.
    Have you watched the new Season of Last Chance U? What do you think? Any JC transfers coming in this year?
  • I've watched the first couple episodes. Jason Brown's act grows tired pretty quick. I just didn't find it very interesting.
  • Hey Dave, to me the biggest concern heading into this season is the special teams. Is there any reason to believe that it will be better, other than the idea that it can't be much worse? Having a kicker be our punter as of now is not a great start (not saying it can't work, just not ideal). If ST costs us another game or two this year it will be beyond frustrating and just can't happen.
    I touched on special teams earlier, but as for McCann doubling as the punter, that's not exactly the plan. He's listed as the punter for now but there's going to be a handful of walk-ons in place to push for the job. Ideally you don't want the same guy kicking and punting if you've got multiple guys who can do the two jobs.
    With low attendance being a much-talked-about issue for football and basketball, how much pressure do the players feel to turn that around? I think coaches have incentives in their contract, but how do the players really feel? Sometimes I wonder if they get irritated with the fan base who always seems to find something to criticize and expect instant success. I choose to be a faithful regardless of W/L records, but I know many people don't feel that way.
    Some more outspoken fans have made comments over the years about the size of the crowds. They see the bigger crowds at other stadiums/arenas around the SEC. I'm sure it bothers them to come home and see less turnout, especially among the students, especially during a winning season. I don't think it's something that consumes their every thought and motivation, but they definitely notice those things.
    How do you think Defensive Cord. Walters is doing? Would you say he is average or below average. Also how much does Barry Odom influence his style of play or his coaching philosophy or play calling?
    It's hard to separate Walters' results from the head coach when we all know Missouri runs the defense that Odom wants to run. Now, Walters has more say in game-day calls, but when the head coach is a defensive guy, it's still the head coach's system. Missouri's defense seems to go in fits and spurts. They were solid in long stretches last year and had clear breakdowns and meltdowns at other times (Purdue, Kentucky late, Oklahoma State). It's a big year for Walters in this perspective: This team has developed some defensive backs who can cover and make plays on the ball. But can they develop a pass rush? That's been a chore. If they don't have edge rushers who can do it on their own the coaches will need to be creative to find ways to take some pressure off the secondary.
    Are you planning to do any MU intramural coverage this year? Any pre-season predictions?
    I'd have to add a few interns to make that possible.
    Dave thanks for such great Mizzou coverage. I was curious how you see the carries being distributed between the RBs this year. How many rushing yards for Badie and Rountree III?
  • Rountree is the clear No. 1. He'll push 20 carries in competitive games and the high teens in most others. I could see Badie getting 12 touches a game and then a few more to Bakare or Downing or the freshman back - whoever wins the No. 3 job. Bryant will get some touches in the run game to take some heat off the backs.
    Hey Dave, thanks for the great Mizzou coverage. I was just curious if you or the PD have thought about putting any more emphasis on recruiting? I've always been interested in high school basketball/recruiting. I know it is not your favorite topic as it's usually a lot of hearsay, but with both the basketball and football programs progressively getting better and the recent high quality of high school players in the area; just wondered if there has been more thought on giving it more coverage.
    I always attempt to interview recruits once they commit to Missouri - it's not always possible - but I'm just not interested in covering the daily horse race that is recruiting for a few reasons.
    Most recruits don't do many interviews these days. If they have something to say, they use social media and aren't accessible otherwise. There's usually some recruits/parents/coaches/handlers who will share news off the record, but I'm morally opposed to reporting something as benign as recruiting visits based on anonymous sources. That's a game I don't want to play. When recruits do want to talk, I just don't find what they have to say about recruiting visits to be unique or interesting. 
    Years ago, a parent of a high-profile recruit who didn't pick Mizzou once told me if the local media gave more coverage to his son's unofficial campus visits he might have picked Mizzou. Sorry, but I'm not going there. 
    There's also an ethical component here. Recruits are now announcing when they're going to cut down their lists to 12 schools. And either they expect coverage of that news or the readers expect coverage. Sorry, not from me. That's not news. That's a retweet, maybe. Especially because we've seen plenty of recruits who announce a top 12 - and then a pick a school that's not among those 12. If you're ready to make a real decision, great. I'll write about that. But the same recruit who wants to make headlines for trimming his list from 24 to 12 is the same recruit three years later who complains that he's under too much scrutiny once he's a college player and living in the bubble of celebrity life as a college player. So, if there's an interesting and unique human interest story to write about or some hard news to report, I'll delve into recruiting. Otherwise, if the kid is good enough, I'll write about him once he gets on campus. 
     
    Dave - Last year, there was so much talk about the hiring of Derek Dooley and whether or not that was a good choice. Who would you say is on the staff that could follow into Dooley's OC role if he left - if there is anyone (which I hope he stays)? Thank You
    I'm not sure there's someone that really jumps out as a natural successor. The one I know best is AJ Ofodile. He's incredibly smart when it comes to football and Xs and Os. He's a very skilled communicator and has been a successful recruiter. He'd be great to cover as a coordinator. Obviously Garrick McGee has been a Power 5 coordinator. I'm not sure that's the direction Odom would go, but he's got the credentials.
    Dave - Do you think the Mizzou - Arkansas rivalry will gain traction? So far to me, it has not created that much of a buzz. I know we are close in proximity to them, but I tend to get excited about the Kentucky - Mizzou games more.
    Your thoughts? Thank You
    I'm not convinced it will ever become a huge deal for either fan bases. At SEC media days, I asked an Arkansas player if he believed Missouri was a true rival. He shrugged and basically said no comment. He said Arkansas people can't agree on their rival and like to say they have three different rivals. LSU, I presume. Texas A&M, too. Maybe Mizzou. I'm sure some older Hog fans still consider Texas to be a major rival from the SWC days. For this to become a real rivalry, they're going to have to play some meaningful games with true stakes on the line. That just hasn't been the case so far in the SEC, especially when they play the final weekend of the regular season. Mizzou was spiraling with a retiring coach in 2015. The Tigers were going nowhere when the played again in 2016. The Hogs were going nowhere in 2017 - and fired their coach - and again last year. 
    At some point it would be nice if Mizzou had a true rival in this league, but they seem to differ from sport to sport and nothing really sticks from one year to the next in football. It's a real shame. 
    Dave - You may have commented on this, but when is the first day of fall camp and how much can we expect from your reporting each week regarding the team? Thank You
    The first practice is next Friday, Aug. 2. 
    Fourteen of 17 preseason practices will be open to the media. I'll have coverage online and in print virtually every day during camp. Stay tuned. 
    Do you think with the hiring of Les Miles that Mizzou will ever rekindle the KU rivalry in football? I realize it's probably going to be up to the KU athletic director but I was hoping that Les Miles my coax them into starting back that rivalry we all miss.
    No. I don't suspect Miles gives a hoot about Mizzou. He's got enough challenges that lie ahead at Kansas. I'm not sold on that hire.
  • OK, friends, that's all for today. We'll do this again next Thursday, on the eve of the start of fall camp. Thanks for coming around today to chat.
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