One team is playing really well. The other team is playing really bad with a lame duck head coach. Unless Mizzou collapses Saturday, I think the Tigers finish 2-0.
Martin has made it clear he wants to play about nine players in his rotation. Roberts looks like the odd man out in the backcourt. If everyone stays healthy and eligible and they don't plan to play him, why waste his year of eligibility? You don't see a lot of redshirts in college basketball, but more than anything I think Robertson's move to point guard made this move possible.
Again, there is no rule that says Mizzou has to tip off all its opponents by disclosing specifics on this situation. Also, there are federal regulations that prohibit schools from disclosing medical information about an athlete if he and/or his parents don't want that information made public. I know we all want to know the absolute truth, but it might not be in the Porters' or Mizzou's best interest to share the absolute truth. I interviewed Larry Krystkowiak the other night and he had no idea if Porter would play. He didn't seem all that thrilled not knowing. Why would Mizzou give him the advantage of knowing?
Also, this is not that much different from how most injuries are handled. Damarea Crockett has essentially been week to week with a shoulder injury. That's essentially all Odom has shared. The team did not confirm he had surgery until a teammate let it slip to me and a couple other writers. With Porter there's another huge layer of interest and emotions invested in his status, so I understand why people want to know, but I also understand why Mizzou is being cautious with what they say. That doesn't mean we'll stop asking.
I thought the postgame Auburn speech was directed at the fans and his bosses. He was sick and tired of the negativity on social media - even though as a head coach he's better off ignoring that scrutiny - but also wanted to express his passion and confidence to his bosses. He drew a line in the sand. And if it didn't work and they'd keep losing, he'd probably get fired. If it worked and the team played better, he keeps his job. Maybe he had nothing to lose. The lighter fluid was a gimmick for his team, but they liked it. They bought in. The players respect and admire Odom's passion. That's never been in doubt.
Who? Oh, him. We touched on that earlier. Not sure there's much more I can say.
I hate putting odds on these things. He will submit his name to the draft advisory board and make a sensible decision based off their evaluation. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a first-round grade and decides to enter the draft. He's far from a finished product, but how many college quarterbacks are?
He's played for the last several weeks. He plays the SAM, which is the hybrid position where he's not always in the tackle box and has more coverage responsibilities.
There is no credible reason to say he's out for the year.
More impact players at safety. Sherrils has given them a strong month but he graduates. Acy and Sparks have shown some promise at corner, but I think they need some competition and depth there. More help at D-end. Another running back. A big outside target at receiver.
My sense is Martin is protecting his player and not disclosing information that they don't want out publicly. Martin is still new to the scene here. He's not going to confide in reporters he barely knows. I'll be curious to see how he handles Porter questions tonight. I suspect he'll stick to the statement MU put out today.
Yes, you don't get a balloon party for beating Idaho and UConn, but Mizzou doesn't have to apologize for the bad hires Florida and Tennessee made. Missouri doesn't have more than a couple starters whom Florida and Tennessee wanted out of high school. Florida and Tennessee doesn't have many starters that Missouri could have signed out of high school. So, when you beat them by a combined 95-33, that means something.
If he's winning games then I don't think you can put that all on the coach. Season ticket sales were way down this year. That wasn't going to change after a second-half winning streak. Now it'll be MU's job as a department to crank up the season ticket sales this offseason.
I'm not sure what went into those decisions. Not everyone is going to play the same number of minutes each game. They might have liked how VanLeer was playing at the 2 in the second game and that limited Geist's minutes. Harris' injury meant more minutes for Phillips and had Robertson at the 2 for some stretches.
Loaded question, because if I say yes, the tweets and message boards say Dave Matter wouldn't be surprised if Porter misses the whole season. So, at this point, I would be surprised if he's out for an extensive time. But I say that without knowing the full extent of the situation.
Indeed. Curious to see how that unfolds. Was the vehicle stuffed with cash? Adidas gear?
I don't think that's the incentive for being cautious with how they describe the situation.
On defense, players are at the right position and making tackles. Odom isn't toying with some guys here and some guys there just to see if it works. Players have defined roles. The addition of AJ Logan has been crucial. The return of Sherrils and Prewett's move to safety has worked out well. Freshmen are making plays now that they understand the speed of the game. It looks like a defense that's reacting more and thinking less. It's an old coaching cliche but it's true.
OK. I'm sure some fans felt the same about Gabbert during his junior year, but he still got that first-round grade.