Greetings, chatters. Let's get this started. I'll be here for the next two hours.
Maybe he's not truly sold on Mizzou. The Tilmon camp doesn't share anything. I haven't gotten any credible info from Tilmon or anyone close to him lately. Not a surprise. His entire recruiting process has been a mystery from the start with lots of unexpected twists and turns.
Penton and Augusta could go tomorrow. I doubt we'll see them get drafted in Round 2 or 3 tonight. After that, maybe Sean Culkin. Donavin Newsom and Michael Scherer would be next on the list, possibly as undrafted free agents.
Why would it have to be VanLeer? I don't think anyone HAS to leave. Mizzou has two open scholarships. If they only add two more players, they won't need anyone to leave. If could be Tilmon and Robertson .... or Jontay Porter and Robertson. If MU adds three, then, yes, they'd need someone else to transfer, but it doesn't have to any one player over the others.
Why does he HAVE to decide by April 28? The spring signing date goes through May 17. Lots of recruits haven't signed anywhere yet. Tilmon hasn't visited Missouri yet, so why does he have to commit now when he hasn't gotten on campus to talk to the coaches and see the facilities? Recruits make decisions on their terms - not the fans' terms. I'm not going to set the odds on his qualification chances, but I've written several times - as has others - that eligibility is a concern. He transferred high schools twice in the last three years, and those moves usually require more time to unravel.
MPJ has been MU's best recruiter, regardless how the class finishes. As for next year, Cuonzo Martin is being paid $3 million a year to be a great recruiter and stock the roster with good players. That challenge doesn't end with this class. He recruited two five-star players at Cal, and didn't have hire a parent to sign those two players. So, it's not like he doesn't have a track record. Martin can recruit - and he'll have to post-MPJ. Porter Sr. can still be a valuable recruiter for kids that aren't his offspring. He's got charisma. He knows the AAU circuits because of his sons. I think this staff will be able to stay relevant on the recruiting scene beyond this year.
Construction will start after this coming season from what I understand. Mizzou hasn't clarified where fans will be displaced during the construction. Lots of details still have to be decided and explained.
I get the impression MU is being realistic and not expecting him to choose MU. His dad insists he's still considering MU. Maybe that's not exactly true, but until he picks a school he can always change his mind. Mizzou would gladly take him if he wants to play there. But it would be naive and irresponsible not to have other recruits on deck ready to add.
It's an SEC rule that student sections can't be near the opposing bench. The Big 12 had similar rules.
I don't think all of that has to happen for Lock to consider leaving school early. Look at last night's draft. Trubisky was the No. 2 pick but wasn't even All-ACC, nor did he have North Carolina in the playoff hunt. If Lock has a great individual season, increases his accuracy and efficiency and shows great command of MU's offense, then he'll have a decision to make about about the NFL. He's got the arm, the size, the intelligence. But production wise, he hasn't proven he's ready to make that next step. That could happen this year - and MU doesn't have to be in the playoff hunt for that to happen. Texas Tech didn't even make a bowl game last year but their quarterback was good enough to leave school early and became a top-10 pick.
He wasn't seen at offseason workouts? You mean in a 10-second video? There are more than one workout sessions and on that particular day that a short video clip was taken he might have been in class - or might have been out of the shot. I've heard nothing about him looking to transfer.
Odom's got to start wining. He knows that. The SEC is challenging, but this program has already won multiple division titles. MU has proven it can compete in this conference. Expecting winning records and bowl trips is not asking too much. The 2017 team should be good enough to play in a bowl and, if so, 2018 should be even better. But nothing better than 4-8 or 5-7 won't get Odom a fifth year. I don't see any reason to think Bieser won't still be running the baseball program in five years. MU has the worst resources/facilities/fan support in the SEC. He doesn't have to get Mizzou to Omaha to keep coaching here. Earlywine is harder to project because he's so unpredictable and his program has seen some turbulence of late.
I have no idea. Tilmon quickly decided after the coaching change that he wanted to consider other options but never ruled out sticking with Illinois. Smith said he's going to recruit Tilmon, but that's nothing that MU's recruits haven't said as well.
Beckner will have a chance with a strong year. Marcell Frazier, J'Mon Moore, Tyler Howell. If Lock has a great season, as the earlier question discussed, he'd be a high pick. (He wouldn't come out unless he got a high grade.)
I know math. They have 11 scholarship players on board for 2017-18 with only 13 available. If they plan to sign more than two, then another player will have to leave the roster. And if they plan to add another perimeter player, common sense tells me another perimeter player might leave, following Hughes and Walton.
It's not odd. Some head coaches delegate staffers to coach offense or defense; some delegate staffers to coach bigs or guards. Martin is divvying up the tasks as offense and defense. When the teams scrimmage he'll coach all of them on both ends, but when one group is doing defensive drills, I imagine Martin (and Porter) will run those drills, while the other two coaches will lead offensive drills.
Missouri won't be better than Kentucky. Alabama will be very good. Florida should be solid, too. Texas A&M has some talent coming in. Without adding another big, the Tigers will be challenged inside but should be in the top half of the league.
Nope. Tobacco Road. Duke .... or possibly UNC.
I haven't been told why they've proposed putting the visiting fans at the 50, though in some ways it's a big puzzle, and MU needs to find a space in the lower bowl to plug 1,000 visitors. Current season ticket holders would flip their lids if MU moved their seats in favor of visitor seats, so I suspect MU figured they'd rather absorb complaints from students than long-standing season-ticket holders. It's uncommon to have students right in the middle of the field like MU has enjoyed for a long time. Most student sections in the SEC are off to the margins, closer to the end zone.