Kickers don't get coached a whole lot in college. It's such a specialized skill - they can either kick or they can't at this level. He clearly had issues with confidence in front of real crowds and that threw off his skills. He was better in the final game of the year and during the spring, but I can't imagine the staff has a ton of faith in him - until he proves he can kick in games like he did in high school.
Sure, there's some experience. But I'd rather have a really talented defense with less experience than a bunch of seniors who can't play. There should be concerns about the two new cornerbacks, but these guys were recruited to take over the starting jobs in 2017. There's no excuse for two of those four safeties not to emerge and be reliable players back there. I haven't seen enough from Terez Hall to be convinced that he's the thumper they need at the WILL alongside Beisel/Garrett. Prewett was very good in the spring and can fill a couple different roles in different packages.
Why is it late? Classes don't start for a couple weeks. He can enroll the first week of classes and make it official then.
You can't sign more than 25 per year but you can backload some early enrollees to the previous year. I'm not sure there's a firm number right now, and if there were, I wouldn't be privy to that.
Well, they've only had three who have coached a game the last 17 years. Kuligowski obviously developed a strong reputation over his time with Pinkel. Jackie Shipp had a good track record at Oklahoma but he was a bad fit for last year's team and didn't survive the whole season. If Haley can come close to being as good as Kuligowski in terms of player development then Odom has made a strong hire.
Schools don't release that info. Offer lists are all based on what the recruits are telling the public. There's a lot of gray area with some offers.
The first two you mentioned are aggregation sites that don't actually employ reporters to cover Mizzou on the ground. They take what we write and turn it into their own stories. There's no need to follow those sites for Mizzou coverage if you cover the writers who actually live in Columbia and cover the team on a daily basis.
The ACC is catching up. The SEC is coming off a bad year. Right now, I'd take the top three programs in the Big Ten over the top three in the other two leagues: Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. But Clemson, Florida State and Louisville is a strong threesome two. Who are the two best programs in the SEC outside of Bama? Auburn? Georgia? Florida? The league has lots of elite programs but they haven't produced elite teams the last couple of years.
As I wrote the other day, MU expects the two juco DTs, Palmore and Young, to be admitted to the university within the next week or so. That's all MU is saying as of now. Odom's staff does more recruiting by position group instead of regional assignments. D-line coach recruits D-linemen, etc. A few different coaches have been in Alabama working on those connections. Rhyan Loos has been home for a good chunk of the summer and waiting her next round of treatments.
Mizzou always had separate coaches for corners and safeties under Pinkel and last year - up until this offseason. I don't think the problem was related to Cross. Remember, Mizzou ran Odom's defense last year, not Cross' defense from TCU.
He won't be here for 18 years like Alden was. He's already made that comment a bunch of times. He's in his 60s and doesn't envision doing this for a living into his 70s. I don't sense he's in a rush to leave anytime soon.
Missouri has a special teams analyst that works with the specialists, Jonathan Rutledge.
I'm on quite often and would expect to be back on sometime in the coming weeks.
I'm not sure we'll see him back with the team. Maybe he'll get his charge reduced to a misdemeanor and he'll be cleared to rejoin the team, but as long as he's facing a felony charge he';s suspended from all team activity.
I'm sorry to cut things short but I've got to get to Cuonzo Martin's press conference. Look for more coverage online this afternoon. Thanks for taking part.