I think they can be a factor in the SEC this year with their offense and what appears to be a pretty solid defense. Going 2-2 against Wichita State and LSU is progress for this team. If they can take two of three from home this weekend against Mississippi State, that's a big statement for this program. Interesting that Bieser is changing up the rotation for Fri and Sun, going with TJ Sikkema on Friday and moving Bryce Montes de Oca to Sunday.
No telling. He's not doing interviews right now. Again, the spring signing period begins April 11.
I just asked our readers the same in a poll. I'm leaning toward Mike leaves and Jontay stays but wouldn't surprise me at all if both are off to the NBA.
These aren't one-and-done players. They're very good players for the state of Missouri, solid four-star talents. But they're not McDonald's All-Americans. They're not readymade NBA prospects.
He didn't like their fire. They were out of sorts offensively, again. You can't dismiss the absence of Barnett and the addition of Michael Porter. He took some bad, contested jumpers early in the shot clock. Tilmon and Jontay were absolute non-factors. They didn't respond well to FSU's size and physicality.
I understand what you're saying. Senior is a good guy. I've enjoyed the few conversations I've had with him. (I would have liked to have interviewed him during the season but for some reason he was off limits to local media until last week.) But there's no reason to believe he's going to be on the staff once his kids are off the team. The kids came to Mizzou because Martin hired their dad. That's it. There's nothing illegal about that. But this is how it works. When the other players talk about the things they're working on in the gym during practice, it's all about what they've learned from coaches Mann and Hollender. Martin is close with Paul Lusk, but that doesn't mean he'll hire him. If there's an opening this spring/summer, Martin has a lot of connections in the industry and should be able to hire a qualified coach.
See my most recent answer on Senior. At this point Coban isn't necessarily a high-major conference recruit. He's a 2020 player. He's not near the prospect that his brothers were at this stage of his career.
I think it was a solution to solve two problems. Odom has always wanted to hire a special teams coordinator. He wanted to keep Hill on staff and he wanted to make Ofodile a position coach. Hill is far more qualified to coach special teams among the two. Hill said he's energized by the move at this stage in his career. He's worked closely with punters and kickers during his career. So, Hill gets that job and Ofodile takes over coaching receivers. Smart move by Odom, in my opinion.
Possibly, but they'll still need some newcomers to be instant impact players. Jontay can hit 3s but he's not a point guard and doesn't play the 2 or 3. They need wing players to produce instantly - and that's going to have to be newcomers.
He's only a sophomore in high school and at this stage, he's not considered a surefire high-major prospect. If you want to make a change on the staff once Jontay and Michael leave it doesn't make sense to keep Senior on staff JUST to sign a 2020 recruit who might not even be an SEC-caliber player. There are too many highly touted recruits in this region to manipulate your staff to get one player who's not as good as others in the market.
Someone else would have hired Senior to get the sons. Texas A&M made a strong push to hire him two years ago. Last year, other schools wanted to hire him, too. "There had been some backchannel stuff happening with other institutions, but nothing solid," Senior said last April. That despite just one season as a DI men's basketball coach. We know why teams wanted to hire him. It wasn't because his Xs and Os expertise. That's not to say he didn't add some value to the team this year, but we know why he was hired.
It's easy to say win more games but Illinois has been worse than Missouri the last two years and they just nabbed one of the area's best players, albeit AFTER hiring Williams' high school coach. There's no magical answer. It comes down to building relationships and having a strong product to sell. That's always been the answer in St. Louis - or in any market. You treat people the right way and get them to trust you. And you sell them on either an established product or a vision.
It depends on whether Jontay returns. Smith is a 4/5. Martin has been impressed with what he's done in practice, his added bulk and expanded shooting range. I'm not sure he's a starter or a heavy minutes player, but they don't have any bigs signed or committed, so he'll have to factor into the rotation.
I agree for the most part. I think it was really important that Mizzou won 20 games and got into the NCAA Tournament this year ... because the SEC is only getting better and deeper and it wouldn't surprise me to see MU take a step back next season and have more of a transition year. There's no reason to think MU won't be competitive in the league in year 2, and Martin obviously earned some credibility this season, but that doesn't guarantee success in the future.
Yes, but I don't think you'll see traditional 3-4 packages. They haven't really done much of that at all since Odom returned to Mizzou. Maybe a three-man front with tackles playing at end with three traditional backers and a nickel secondary behind them. The SAM linebacker position in Odom's defense allows for flexibility. They can put a hybrid linebacker/safety at that position and shift from a base to nickel defense pretty easily. As for the front, they'll use multiple guys at both end and tackle and have some solutions to the depth situation at end.
Outrecruiting? They hired a high school coach and then landed his best player. Also, it's March. If Illinois struggles again this fall, Lovie Smith's job will be on the line. Missouri's in good shape with other players at Trinity - and the school just promoted Terrence Curry to head coach. Curry played with Odom at Mizzou. He's a loyal MU guy. That could help with some of his current players.
Not my place to make their menu choices. Just sharing what others have shared with me about road trip dining.