Yes, which is natural. There's no transition period for the returning players: Puryear, Geist, Porter, Reed, Smith. They know his style, his personality, his system, his expectations. Instead of learning and feeling out the coach they can teach the young players what to expect, how to adjust. And the same goes for Martin. He has a better feel for the players and his staff, several of whom he'd never worked with before Mizzou. There was a comfort level with the guys we talked to yesterday, but don't mistake that for a lack of urgency.
From what I've always heard on Harris is he doesn't have a position. Is he athletic enough to play the outfield in the pros? He dabbled at second base during the last offseason but didn't stick there. He had a nice college career but I'm not sure there's any one thing he does exceptionally well that will carry him to a long career. I hope he makes it. Genuinely good guy.
I'm more partial to Robert Loggia.
I haven't seen him play in person. I don't get out to many HS games these days. He's a smaller back. If you're that size (5-9, 175ish) you better be incredibly explosive. I'm not sure he's a high priority for this staff. They should have a thorough scouting report on him considering Ofodile's ties to Rock Bridge.
OK, I misunderstood your question. That might be something they explore in the future. No plans as of now to my knowledge. But they won't tear down a fairly new west tower that's only a few years old.
As I've written several times, there was obvious tension when Michael returned last year and undoubtedly chemistry issues on and off the floor. The older guys who played in every game last season were clearly annoyed with all the attention and speculation about his possible return. Once he got on the floor the team was completely out of whack and the formula that led to 20 wins vanished. That's not to say he's a bad teammate, but it was a unique situation that put lots of people in awkward positions. There's always a lot of buzz in the weeks leading up to the NBA and NFL draft. We'll know for sure in two weeks. Some teams that want to draft him could be spreading rumors so they can take him with a lower pick. I wouldn't trust a whole lot that's linked to anonymous sources at this point. If anything the concern should be about his back more than his personality.
Possibly, but not if they have another player on the market they'd like to add and can only add with a scholarship. Braun was willing to play as a walk-on, so they'll take advantage of that flexibility as long as they can.
That seems reasonable. No reason this team can't win 20 games again, contend for a top-four spot in the SEC and push for a single-digit seed in the NCAAs. A lot will depend on how the perimeter scorers develop.
I think we've officially hit the slow part of the offseason.
OK, folks, that's it for me today. New softball coach Larissa Anderson meets the media later this afternoon, so look for more on her in tomorrow's P-D. Also, a new Matter on Mizzou will hit STLtoday.com on Friday. Cheers!