Yes with Blanton. Maybe with Badie. I'd be less hopeful about Okwuegbunam. That looked like a serious injury on Saturday, and when you don't even get on the field for the Tuesday practice, chances are you're not ready to return for the next game.
There was a lot of confusion on those plays. Townsend was called for two separate kind of penalties. Yes, two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties means you're ejected, but his targeting foul was changed to unnecessary roughness. That's not the same as unsportsmanlike conduct. The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called when he shoved MU's Jacob Trump after the whistle. Again, unnecessary roughness is not unsportsmanlike conduct. Those are two separate types of fouls.
That sounds like a talking point made for radio that ignores reality: There's still a quarter of the season left to play! Why does any decision have to be made now? There's a huge gap between 5-7 and 8-4, and both records are still possible. Now, if Missouri plays like it did at The Swamp, then this team should finish 8-4, make a decent bowl and have a shot at nine wins. BUT, how many times in the past three year have we seen Missouri play a complete game against a ranked opponent and finish the game? Once! Just once! So, let's tap those brakes just a bit. If I'm forecasting right now, Missouri wins Saturday - and probably covers a spread that climbs by the day. But if not, then I don't think you can assume a win at Tennessee. And you can't start talking about a raise and extension either. So, let's see what happens. If this team finishes strong, then there's no serious risk in Sterk making a bold statement that Odom is his guy going forward, in the form of an extension and maybe a bump in pay. The real test of Sterk's commitment would come down to the buyout. As long as Odom as the cheapest buyout in the Power 5, there's no real risk in adding years. If I'm his agent, I want to see that buyout figure raised. That would be a stronger sign of commitment on MU's part.
He was on campus for a visit two weeks ago, so yes, they are actively pursuing him.
If Missouri makes any kind of remarkable run, I'd say all three have to make major contributions. It's all hands on deck for this team. There isn't a singular star on the team - unless what we saw from Mark Smith is what we'll see every night. Pickett is a classic Cuonzo player. Defense first. He'll rebound. He'll pass. He can score enough that he's not a liability. He'll play a ton of minutes. Watson needs to be more than a gunner. He's got to use his athleticism, like he did on his drive to the bucket off a shot-fake from the wing. Pinson has some serious flash to his game - but if he plays out of control, he'll find Blake Harris' old spot on the bench. This team isn't going to play at a super fast pace and probably won't score a ton of points, so possessions will be critical and turnovers will be more costly.
I don't know how to answer what was going through the mind of Florida's 100 players. They probably had a bit of a Georgia hangover, but that's still a good team. You don't beat LSU and Mississippi State unless you have talent. By season's end I think their record will probably be better than their talent, especially at the quarterback position, so that's a reflection of Mullen and his staff. But they have dudes on defense. Those running backs are pretty good. That's a veteran O-line.
They're not changing the color regardless of the number.
I think committee members already factor that into their rankings. There's a strength of schedule factor that benefits you if you play Alabama - even if it's a loss. Hypothetical here, but if LSU's only loss was to Alabama, the Tigers would certainly be slotted ahead of one-loss teams from outside the SEC and maybe even ahead of undefeated teams from other conferences.
Again, here's the deal: It's a Big 12 game because it's on the floor of a Big 12 team. Same reason MU's home games belong to the SEC inventory. There is no Big 12 network, so if the game isn't picked up on the Big 12's TV partners, ESPN and FOX, then the school gets to broadcast the game on its in-house channel, Cyclone TV in this case. Arkansas at Texas will be on ESPN at 6 pm. Also, f you're a Mediacom subscriber, the cable company is picking up the game on its in-house channel, MC22.
I would be very surprised if he puts his career at risk with another year of playing for free. Will he be 100 percent by the NBA combine in June? Probably not. But he's got a limited earning window, and every day he spends on a college campus he's risking less money in the professional ranks. A recent breakdown of the top eligible draft prospects for 2019 had Porter in the 20s, so if that holds true, he'll still be a first-round prospect. And if so, he'd be wise to enter the league.
Vandy gave Notre Dame and Kentucky a fight. This isn't a bad team. They can come into Columbia and win this game. But I like where Mizzou is right now. I'd be surprised if the Tigers let up. But Vandy won't fold. They've had an extra week to rest up. I expect a competitive game.
Sorry, but sometimes it is about coverages. And it's just not true that Missouri never attacked the middle of the field in other games. The tight end and slot receiver lead the team in catches. They do a good deal of their work in the middle of the field. But against Florida you saw coverages that devoted more safety looks to the side of the field where Hall lined up. That left the middle exposed more than usual. Defenses weren't rolling a safety over to Jalen Knox or Kam Scott in the games Hall didn't play.
The difference is Florida was a road game against a nationally ranked team. Memphis was a home game against an mid-major that lost to Navy's worst team in years and Tulane. We're not talking about apple and apples here.
I didn't see him at the game. He had surgery today.
Ha. There's a reason they have palaces in Las Vegas. Betting against the spread is hard. Sometimes you pick right. More often you pick wrong. I'm happy when I'm above .500 for the week, which hasn't happened lately.
There is no rule that protects them the same way in hoops. If they play a game the year counts - unless there's a season-ending injury.
He's a walk-on. He was a solid player at De Smet but not a Division I scholarship recruit. I don't expect him to get playing time in competitive games.
Need? I don't think Missouri ever needs those in-roads, not as long as you get good players from somewhere else. There's a public relations bump when you sign local kids whom fans know by name, but as long as you have inroads somewhere, whether that's Detroit in hoops (Doug Smith was pretty good) or Texas in football (Chase Daniel, Sean Weatherspoon, etc), then you can set yourself up for success. When you have really talented recruits in your backyard, you have some advantages when you make your sales pitch - and some clear disadvantages too. Again, getting good local players can be good for business. And when it comes to football especially, your only chance to get an elite, 5-star prospect is if he's a local prospect from within the state or just beyond. Missouri isn't getting five-star kids out of Texas or Florida. But they'll have a shot if he's from St. Louis or KC or Springfield or Belleville or Overland Park. Another reason inroads are important: Sometimes your three-star local recruits are the best recruiters when the four- and five-star guys pop up from the same area or high school.
The SEC asked Missouri to stop using anthracite jerseys because they were too hard to make out the numbers.
We've never seen the current guys play a meaningful down, so it's hard to say. I doubt the coaches really know. I'd be interested to see what Micah Wilson or Taylor Powell could do surrounded by starters in a meaningful series when the game is still undecided. I wouldn't consider the other guys contenders for the job.
OK, folks, I've got to run. Thanks for taking part today. I'll have coverage from Ames tomorrow night, and then after a couple winks of sleep and a drive back home, I'll be at the football game for the 11 am kickoff. Have a good one.