Sterk's original contract was a seven-year deal through 2023.
You have to receive special waivers for any kind of game like that outside of the normal schedule structure. That's not realistic. Too great a chance for injury in football to throw meaningless exhibitions.
I don't see how the 2015 boycott has anything to do with Mizzou's relationship with the NCAA. There's zero connection there. The boycott lasted less than two days and cost Mizzou one practice.
Yes. 2004. That team was ranked No. 19 the second week of the season, lost at Troy and finished 5-6. I'd probably rank that season as a bigger disappointment because they didn't have major injuries. Brad Smith was a junior QB, fourth year in the program. The defense was one of the best in the Big 12, but the offense took a big step backward. That team lost games with leads of 14-0, 17-0 and 21-0.
Um, no. I drove back and forth between KC and Columbia after Monday's game. Here's how glamorous journalism is: I received some information from sources that I trusted while I was still along Highway 70 headed west. The nearest feasible stop where I could file some stories was the Higginsville truck stop. While the truckers fueled up and showered and some lovely Higginsville folks had their breakfast, I was holed up in the corner table at the truck stop McDonald's hammering away at a story. A few hours later, it was back on the highway and off to the Sprint Center for more news. No time for local eats.
Brad Davis doesn't talk to the media. I've never interviewed him. He's been requested a handful of times this year but never stops to talk - even last year on national signing day when all the coaches are happy to brag about the players they personally recruited.
He may respect Odom, but that doesn't mean he has to keep him employed as his football coach. As I wrote yesterday, when Sterk was asked how the sanctions will factor into his evaluation of the football season (Odom's job performance), he was very quick to point out - and I mean very quick and emphatic - that those are two separate situations and will be evaluated separately.
It might be the smallest crowd for an SEC game that Missouri's seen since joining the league. Arkansas fans aren't all that fired up about their team for obvious reasons. Moving games to Little Rock is a polarizing issue for Hog fans. And the weather outlook is not promising.
Sure, but I doubt many were planning a trip to Little Rock in the first place. It's one thing to visit a college town atmosphere like Lexington or Athens, but this trip won't have the same buzz.
An 0-2 trip through KC was a huge failure. There's still pieces to like about this team, but if they're not going to defend for stretches like we saw early in both games, then they have zero chance to compete in the SEC much less have a relevant team this season. Martin's teams are rarely offensively prolific. This team has some intriguing parts on the offensive end, but for this to be a competitive team that pushes for 20 wins and makes a run at the big bracket, defense isn't optional. It has to be their strength. It would be like the 2019 Cardinals having major pitching/defense/base-running lapses and just counting on home runs to win games. That's not how that team was built - and Martin's teams are built around defense and rebounding.
I haven't heard of that punishment being applied in decades. The conferences have too much money tied up with the TV networks for that to be a feasible sanction. Plus, it doesn't really make sense to punish the opponent and take them off TV when it was the other team that committed the crime.
Possibly, but he's a guy who could do just about anything that interests him. He's wired differently that most college football players and I could see him exploring interests beyond football. He's talked about being a Navy SEAL. That was his plan if he stuck with his commitment to the Naval Academy. All that being said, I absolutely think he'll have a chance to play in the NFL.
Depends on who they would hire, obviously. I just don't know how to answer that question without knowing what's going to happen next. Will a new coach improve recruiting and win more games? Well, that's why you hire a new coach. If Sterk doesn't believe Odom is the right person to get this program to where he believes it should be, then he'll make a change. If they have transfers ... OK. You're 5-6. How many great players are on a 5-6 team that you can't afford to lose?
This shouldn't be looked at as a rebuilding year. Everyone in college basketball rebuilds every year. Missouri's got veterans up and down its lineup. Tilmon is one of the SEC's most experienced big men. The sophomore core has played a lot of ball. Dru and Mark Smith are veterans of the college game. This team might have only one senior, but compared to most teams around the country, this is a fairly seasoned roster.
I think it's possible. I still think it was smart on Mizzou's part to mobilize its fans against the NCAA.
OK, folks. It's time to get started on my day-before-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving. I'll be headed down to Little Rock to cover Friday's game and any news that develops from there. Stay tuned as always. Thanks for joining today's chat and Happy Thanksgiving.