I can't remember another player who left before going through one official practice though I'm sure it's happened. I asked a team source about what led to the suspension and was told, "He wasn't making good decisions." That could mean a lot of things, but it wasn't a legal issue from what I understand. (He wasn't arrested by MU or Columbia police.)
Odom seems annoyed by Brandon's situation but not worried. Palmore is with the team at the facility and just waiting for the final OK from the NCAA
I think he's still Ole Miss' head coach if the number hadn't come up in the search. Crazy story. Glad I'm writing about football and not that saga in Oxford. God knows Mizzou writers have covered our share of off-field drama.
Andy Hill didn't seem too concerned today. The staff took a flier on Clark the day before signing day after losing two committed receivers. MU is loading up on wideouts in the 2018 class. As long as everyone stays healthy and out of trouble, the depth is fine for this season.
Jontay official announcement could come any day, any hour. I expect him to be part of the 2017-18 team. The starting five will fluctuate. It's all about rotations and matchups and preferred style of play. The good thing about this team is Cuonzo can put out multiple lineups and play a different style with each one. If they had to play a game tomorrow, I think they'd start Phillips, Robertson, Porter Jr., Puryear and Tilmon. But others will be big factors, especially Barnett.
I'd be tempted to sneak Mizzou men into the bottom of the top 25. Preseason hoops polls are more of a leap of faith than preseason football polls because there's more roster turnover from year to year in hoops and freshmen and transfers play bigger roles in hoops.
I didn't hear the comments, just saw some tweets from the show producer. I doubt Martin would go on air and say anything definitively about playing SLU or not playing SLU. He seemed to keep the option open if their schedules allow for a game. Maybe it happens, but I would think Mizzou would want that game in Columbia - not necessarily every year but not exclusively in St. Louis. Like the BR game, I've always said it would be good for both programs and good for St. Louis to see that game played. At the same time, nobody was clamoring for Mizzou and SLU to play each other the last two years. It seems like it's only something people want when one or both teams are creating some buzz.
I just haven't seen enough of Wilson, Lowary and Powell in a live situation to have a good read. Lowary looked a lot better in this year's spring game than last year; Wilson had his moments in the spring, too. Heupel really likes Powell, but if you make him the backup and play him in any capacity this year then he's now in the same class as Wilson in terms of eligibility - and coaches usually prefer to space out the QBs in different classes. The media won't get to see any live 11-on-11 drills or scrimmages during preseason camp, so it will be difficult to have any solid read on how those guys are playing in the most competitive drills.
Mike is a good friend, so I'm cautious in writing anything about him that I can't answer. I don't listen to the football games because I'm jsut a few doors down from him watching the game, but I do listen to the hoops broadcasts when it's a road game I'm not covering. Mike is excellent. He's got a great sense of history for the programs and, obviously, a great voice and understanding of the game.
This isn't unusual for juco transfers. Sheldon Richardson needed a few weeks to get cleared. Duron Singleton, too. Kenya Dennis, if I remember correctly. Mizzou knew all along that Young was going to take some time. Palmore wasn't expected to be OKd until the first week of camp. This isn't a concern unless we're still talking about it in two weeks.
No practice access yet and I'm not sure if there will be any before the season.
Nothing has been finalized yet, but we'll have several events around the state after the official release date on Sept. 15 and again closer to the holidays.
I've heard good things about Nikko. He'll be part of the rotation up front. He's not the same guy he was a year ago when he was recovering from two hip surgeries. I don't expect him to be a prolific scorer, but he'll rebound and play post defense. The staff really likes Geist. He will have a role. I'm less sure about the other two.
Hard to say. There's going to be a learning curve. It wouldn't surprise me if they lose at Utah. If they win the first two games in Orlando, West Virginia could be a difficult matchup in the final. Illinois should be a really competitive game. I haven't analyzed the complete SEC schedule enough - we don't know when the games will be, just who each team is playing - so I can't give you a W-L prediction yet. Safe to say they should double their wins (8) and maybe triple if the rotations click.
I'm not sure fans understand what we're allowed to watch at practice. Today we got to stay for a little over an hour. Not once did the defense line up against the offense except for a quick corner vs. receiver drill. We don't see 11-on-11. We don't see O-line vs. D-line one-on-one matchups. We won't be able to watch the scrimmages. All of which means we'll learn about this team and how the defense is progressing when it's playing against another team in September. And I'm not sure we'll learn a whole lot from that first game. I thought the No. 1 defense held its own pretty well in the spring game. Granted, it played without Beckner and Frazier, the two best D-linemen on the team. But for the most part it rarely gave up a first down.
Maybe I should, but as someone who never deals with tickets I just don't know. They'll have to announce the full schedule first. The SEC will put that out in the coming weeks/days.
Good question. Possibly. Ish is a reliable receiver. He has a knack for finding that first down marker on a little dumpoff pass. I'm not sure if Crockett has the hands to be a dynamic receiver out of the backfield. J'Mon Moore told me earlier this week that Ish spent a lot of time working out with the receivers this summer and doing their receiver drills.
For football? I like Bama and USC. Either Penn State or Ohio State from the Big Ten. I hate to go chalk and pick Florida State or Clemson from the ACC, so I've got to have at least one wild card. So, here we go: Oklahoma State. They'll have the best offense in college football and score their way to a Big 12 title and beyond.