I'm not much of an optimist when it comes to this topic. Maybe the campus leaders around the country will be able to enact some incremental reform, but it's going to take more than one AD at Missouri to create sweeping change. I'm hardly the first person to make this comment, but everyone hates the NCAA until you need someone to organize your softball tournament. Schools don't like the archaic rules and all the bureaucracy and all the nonsensical decisions and rulings the NCAA committees make, but anytime someone mentions it's time to secede from the NCAA, the next question has to be: OK, but what's next? You still need a governing body to regulate. You need rules to follow and someone to enforce the rules. You need an organization to manage all the events. Instead, the more realistic solution is to expose the injustices, the hypocrisies and work to change the system internally. You need dynamic leaders within the organization to rally support from other leaders to make change possible. If Sterk and Cartwright are serious about being agents of change then they can't just hold angry press conferences and wave their finger at the NCAA. Sterk was genuinely hurt that the organization and the system that he's spent 30 years propping up stabbed him in the back this week.
Missouri has made the in-state prospects a priority. They signed a bunch of Missouri players in the 2019 class and have eight commitments from in-state or just beyond the border players for 2020. But Missouri can't compete for championships in the SEC with just in-state players. The state doesn't produce enough talent to support a Power 5 team that competes against teams from states with much more favorable demographics, like Florida and Georgia.
I don't know if there's any possible avenue for that to happen. Mizzou gets half the lost revenue back in five years as long as the school doesn't have any other major sanctions. The SEC didn't reverse the same penalty for Ole Miss two years ago when the Rebels were hit with a postseason ban, so I doubt the league would take action in Missouri's case.
Where's your question mark?
Stay tuned. I don't think anyone's job is safe in the football program. And I'm not sure the result of Friday's game is a factor. Unless of course Arkansas wins. Then all bets are off.
I don't agree so much. Mizzou scored a touchdown on a trick play using a backup receiver who hadn't thrown a pass in two years. I'd put that down as urgency. They faked a punt. That takes some urgency to make that call. I'll have more in tomorrow's paper, but Dooley wrestled with what to do at quarterback during the Tennessee game because of Bryant's knee injury. Had the offense not moved the ball at all during that game I got the impression from Dooley that he would have gone to Bazelak in the second half. But it was still a close game and Bryant was playing OK. Not great, but not bad enough that you throw in a true freshman in a tight game.
I don't know what he's thinking about that. I suspect he might lean toward a program with better offensive talent around him, but Missouri seemed like an ideal situation considering ... three returning starters on a very solid SEC offensive line ... an All-American tight end ... a 1,200-yard rusher and a talented backup ... good, young talent at receiver ... a coordinator with NFL experience who did a nice job developing Drew Lock. Who could have imagined that the line would regress, that the running game would suffer, that the young receivers wouldn't take the next step in their development, that the star tight end would struggle? And then there's the injury factor. Those are impossible to predict.
They only lose 5 percent of scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year. So that amounts to between 4-5 scholarships for next season. The punishment doesn't extend beyond next year.
He's doing a fair job. I don't get too caught up with recruiting rankings, but there's some value comparing rankings from year to year. The 2020 class currently ranks No. 37 by 247Sports. The 2019 class was also No. 37 - but those rankings didn't take into account the grad transfers: Bryant and Nance, particularly. The 2017 and 2018 classes were both ranked No. 43. Odom's staff has identified a handful of under-the-radar out-of-state recruits who have developed into productive Power 5 players: Rountree, Badie, Whiteside, Bolton, Gillespie.
Missouri has a commitment from Harrison Mevis, a kicker from Warsaw, Indiana. Unless he changes his mind, he'll have a shot at the job. Sean Koetting is still on the roster and could have a shot, to.
Only four or five players talked to the media this week on Monday. I didn't get the sense they packed it in, but I never generalize a statement like that about a team of more than 100 players. Maybe some have packed in it, but not everybody. Hard to measure in a 3-minute interview. Not all players think the same way or approach every game the same way. I didn't get any sense from the Tennessee game that Mizzou packed it in or wasn't trying. If anything, that was the most fight they showed in a long time. But when you're undermanned at cornerback against some really good receivers and you don't have enough playmakers on the offensive side, it's hard to win ... especially against a team that's playing inspired football like Tennessee.
Bit of a transition year for the wrestling team. Joe Lyons is our Mizzou wrestling expert. They're 2-2 in duals and ranked No. 19 nationally.
Tilmon was Missouri's second-best player last night against Oklahoma and if he doesn't wake up in the second half then Mizzou never make a comeback. When he's strong with the ball, avoiding fouls and the team makes a commitment to going through him on the offensive end, he can be a force. But he's now a junior and still having the same in-game setbacks. Monday's game was one of his worst. Tuesday was more promising. Martin doesn't have a set rotation, which is OK for November. Braun played a bunch Monday but never left the bench Tuesday. What I found more interesting Tuesday was Martin's comment that they might have to start playing zone. They're letting opposing bigs get loose outside for open perimeter shots. Most good teams have centers who can stretch the floor and knock down a jumper. Butler and Oklahoma built their early leads doing just that.